A practical guide to rediscovering and returning to the words of the play, from the most influential voice coach of our time.

In her astonishing new book she looks closely at the interchange between sound and rhythm in language, showing how it can change the nuance of the meaning and take director, actor and audience further into the world of the play.

From Word to Play draws on Cicely's extensive experience of working with theatre companies in Britain and throughout the world. It is her manifesto for a return to the words themselves: for moving away from an over-conceptualised, over-literal view of language and rediscovering the meaning in its sounds and rhythms. At the heart of this book is a concise, practical guide for directors in rehearsal, setting out work strategies that help bring out both the shape and the details within all kinds of text - whether verse or prose, seventeenth-century or contemporary.

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