The legendary voice coach Cicely Berry CBC has taught all of Sean Connery to Samuel L Jackson. But it can be fixed diction Laura BarnettCicely Berry
not impressed. I sit on the floor, back against the legs, up and down trying to "Tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow" soliloquy of Macbeth. The last time I spoke those words aloud, I was about 12 and wore a school uniform. And it certainly was not jumping up and down for now.
"does not move enough!" Said Berry, director of the Royal Shakespeare Company voice. I rebound harder. "It's better! Can you feel the resonance? "I can. My voice has deepened, the words shake the stomach." Drag this rate smaller by the day! "Suddenly, I sound like a good actor. Almost.
professional actors do this kind of vocal exercises all the time, my respect for his willingness to sacrifice his dignity has increased tenfold. And the legions of them - Sean Connery, Samuel L. Jackson, Emily Watson, Helen Hunt - made with Berry. In the theater world, the CIS, as is universally known, is a legend, now 85, was in the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1969, when he joined the invitation of artistic director, Trevor Nunn and then, becoming the voices of experts on installations working first for a theater.
Its purpose - as described in his four books, taught drama at school many - is clear: help the actors feel comfortable with their own voice and use it to perform both in poetry and musicality of the language of Shakespeare. You can see it growing on YouTube, a diminutive if the presence of a gentle giant step guide hypnotic screen through its highly respected workshops. They are generally pleased, often quite desperate.
them: "Two households ..."
Berry: "How many houses"
them: "Two households"
She believes that the actors and the public need to get that visceral connection to the words of Shakespeare. "Somewhere," she says, "Shakespeare has academic work for us. People look at the meaning of everything. But at the time of Shakespeare, only 8% of the population could read. They have a sense for sound. " Fascination