Performing Text by Jeni Whittaker
Performing Text is a step by step student-orientated manual of how to go about taking on a role from first reading to last rehearsals. Though it references Stanislavski and Max Stafford-Clark for specific parts of this process, it is applied to any style of play. The work progresses from the first stages of HOW to read and what to look for in the text, moves on to showing how to move from the intellectual process of understanding a character to physicalising it and then shows how to explore the text through speech. Emphasis is always on remaining open and playful, not fixing things too soon, and on group collaboration throughout, including with designers.