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Stanislavski was the first to outline a systematic approach for using our experience, imagination and observation to create truthful acting. 150 years after his birth, his approach is more widely embraced and taught throughout the world – but is still often rejected, misunderstood and misapplied.
In Acting Stanislavski, John Gillett offers a clear, accessible and comprehensive account of the Stanislavski approach, from the actor's training to final performance, exploring:
Drawing on Stanislavski's major books, in both English translations, and on records of his directing process and final studio classes, Acting Stanislavski demystifies terms and concepts. It is for actors from an actor's point of view, and offers many practical exercises and examples as an integrated part of each subject.
Acting Stanislavski also creates an up-to-date overview of the Stanislavski approach, connecting his legacy with the work of his successors, from Michael Chekhov to Meisner, Adler and Strasberg.
A new, extended and fully updated edition of Acting on Impulse: Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach, Acting Stanislavski now includes new exercises and biographies, a further chapter on The Character and an expanded glossary, along with many other additions to the previous chapters. It is an essential practical and educational resource for any acting student, professional or teacher.
'A manual full of enabling, easing exercises – it will enable you to analyse any scene. The cry of the actor at sea, "I don't know what I'm doing," should, with this book, become a thing of the past.'
– Sam West, actor and director
'This is probably the single most useful and powerfully presented summation of Stanislavski's approach to acting available.'
– Julian Jones, New Theatre Quarterly
'I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting an introduction to Stanislavski or Michael Chekhov or acting in general.'
– Matt Peover, LAMDA trainer and theatre director
'Contains all the important things that need to be said about learning to act … in an extremely logical and sensible manner.'
– Simon Dunmore, editor of Actors Yearbook
'It sets the record straight in terms of what Stanislavski was actually about. It's invaluable.'
– Marina Calderone, co-author of ACTIONS, The Actor's Thesaurus
'This is an excellent book – one of the best of its kind that I have read. John Gillett's book is way out in front in that it offers both scholarship and really sound practical strategies.'
– Annie Tyson, acting tutor at RADA and Drama Centre
'If an actor was to have just one book on the process of acting on their shelf it should be this one.'
– Edda Sharpe, co-author of How to Do Accents
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