Acting with Passion - A Performer's Guide to Emotions on Cue
Published by Methuen
Acting With Passion is based on the latest research from neuroscience and mind-body psychology
It offers a revolutionary new approach to the age-old problems of the actor
Whether it's dealing with nerves, engaging the body, quieting the inner critic, auditioning, creating a character, or playing comedy, this step-by-step guide will prove invaluable
Actors who have struggled with 'visualization' and 'emotional recall' can learn an alternative method of accessing feelings through the release of subtle muscular tensions that connect into the brain at lightning fast speed and produce emotions "on Cue"
Written with verve and accessibility, Acting With Passion uses practical exercises to guide the actor through each stage
A must-have text for actors seeking that magical 'state of aliveness'
Introduction: The Journey Begins
Chapter One: The Holy Grail Emotions on Cue
Chapter Two: Memorisation A Fresh Look and No Whinging, Please
Chapter Three: Opening the Dungeon Pain, Fear, Sadness
Chapter Four: Going Deeper Opening the Dungeon to Rage
Chapter Five: Flacksing When? How? Where? How often?
Chapter Six: Gesturing Why Should It Be So Difficult?
Chapter Seven: Auditions Your Chance to Shine
Chapter Eight: Rehearsal Strategies Incompetent Directors and Other Obstacles
Chapter Nine: Lovely Challenges Style, Character and Comedy
Chapter Ten: Namaste Yoga for Actors
Chapter Eleven: The Future is Yours The Best Revenge is Happiness
"A frighteningly simple super-highway into an actor's well of creativity and passion" ~ Stephen Beckett, actor
"Whilst I personally resist her demonizing of intellect, that caveat is outweighed by the delightful mix of inspired pragmatism and no-nonsense speculation in Niki Flacks' book that will not only be solidly useful for any actor, but will stimulate that voracious curiosity which is the lifeblood of a fulfilling life in our business." Mark Wing-Davey, Chair, Graduate Acting Program, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
"Acting with Passion offers a wonderful invitation to enter the exhilarating world of Niki Flacks' acting workshops dropping in for useful exercises, profound insights and experienced advice on the craft of acting" ~ Niamh Dowling, Head of School, Rose Bruford College, UK