CICELY BERRY VOICE AND THE ACTOR PDF

She used her understanding of Shakespeare to help actors absorb the rhythms of his language and the weight of his words. She was Her daughter, Sara Moore, confirmed her death and said Ms. Berry had recently had two small strokes. Berry was not an acting teacher, but her passionate work as a voice director influenced the stage and screen performances of generations of British actors, including Sean Connery whom she coached at her home in the s before she joined the R.

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She used her understanding of Shakespeare to help actors absorb the rhythms of his language and the weight of his words. She was Her daughter, Sara Moore, confirmed her death and said Ms. Berry had recently had two small strokes.

Berry was not an acting teacher, but her passionate work as a voice director influenced the stage and screen performances of generations of British actors, including Sean Connery whom she coached at her home in the s before she joined the R. Berry, who was known as Cis, used her understanding of Shakespeare to help actors absorb the rhythms of his language and the weight of his words.

It was not enough to grasp his literal meaning, she argued; one had to feel his vowels and consonants and to appreciate the beats of the iambic pentameter in which he wrote.

Berry held annual workshops with his troupe in New York. Horowitz said. Her father, Cecil, was a city clerk, and her mother, Frances Batchelor Berry, was a part-time dressmaker. Cicely became enamored with poetry as a youngster, often escaping her boisterous older siblings by retreating to the bathroom to read aloud Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley and Auden, sometimes to Micky, her dog. Berry attended in the s. Her reputation steadily grew — in part through private lessons with actors like Mr.

Connery — and led Trevor Nunn, the R. She said she was fortunate to work for three very different directors there: Mr. Nunn, John Barton and Terry Hands. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her sons, Aaron and Simeon Moore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The cadence, flow and power of language that transformed Ms.

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CICELY BERRY VOICE AND THE ACTOR PDF

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Cicely Berry, Who Taught Actors Shakespeare’s Sound, Is Dead at 92

Photograph: Royal Shakespeare Company Cicely Berry, who has died aged 92, was the best-known voice coach of her generation, though the term vastly underrates what she did and her attitude towards it. Speaking, for a child, is an imitative process, so everyone is a product of their environment. The child uses the ear to develop the voice and the individual characteristics of speech. There is a physical factor, too. If there is hesitation in speech, the vocal cords, which need the same development as any of the other muscles, will slacken.

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