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Modern Voice:
Working with Actors on Contemporary Text

Designed to follow on from Catherine’s previous book, Classic Voice: Working with Actors on Vocal Style, focusing on the less defined demands within contemporary drama. Lifting contemporary speech rhythms off the page can be a challenge for actors. Sometimes these rhythms are realistic, resembling or mirroring the speech patterns of real human beings, sometimes they're non-realistic, distorting speech patterns for particular effect.

Modern Voice not only provides an accessible approach for understanding speech rhythm but also presents an overview of different types and styles of contemporary text (including the rise of dramatic realism in England, America and Australia). Along the way there are a myriad of practical ideas for directors, lecturers, teachers, trainers and coaches to explore in their workshops and rehearsals.

Publisher: Oberon Books, £14.99 Buy Now

ISBN: 9781849431712


Classic Voice:
Working with Actors on Vocal Style

Classic Voice: Working with Actors on Vocal Style provides a comprehensive preparation for the vocal demands within classical texts. It includes warm-up ideas, exercises to experiment with sound, word and rhythm and detailed workshop plans using specially selected extracts from classic plays.

Always practical, this book will supply directors, lecturers, teachers, trainers and coaches with the tools they need to easily integrate vocal work into their rehearsals, classes or workshops. Three styles in western theatre history that challenge actors vocally (Greek Tragedy, Elizabethan/Jacobean Drama and Restoration Comedy) are given a particular focus.

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ISBN: 9781840028270


Modern Monologues for Men: 2

Monologues are an essential part of every actor’s toolkit. Actors are required to perform monologues regularly throughout their career: preparing for drama school entry, showcasing skills for agents or auditioning for a role. Following on from the bestselling first volume (2008), this book showcases selected monologues from some of the finest modern plays by some of today’s leading contemporary playwrights, including Dennis Kelly, John Logan, Chris Goode, Anya Reiss, Rikki Beadle-Blair, Jon Fosse, Robin Soans, Natasha Langridge, Tim Crouch, Laura Wade, Mojisola Adebayo, Gary Owen, Richard Bean and Will Eno. These monologues contain a diverse range of quirky and memorable characters that cross cultural and historical boundaries. The pieces are helpfully organised into age-specific groups: Teens, Twenties, Thirties and Forties plus.

Press Comment:
"Anyone applying to train, preparing a showcase or auditioning for a job needs a fund of good sparky monologues, and they can be quite difficult to find. So I think many people are going to be grateful to voice coach Catherine Weate who has assembled and edited two further books of modern monologues" – The Stage

Publisher: Oberon Books, £9.99 Buy Now

ISBN: 9781849434362


Modern Monologues for Women: 2

The second volume of The Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Women brings together over fifty new speeches from some of the finest plays of the last twenty years, drawn from the unique roster of the UK's leading independent drama publisher. With specially selected monologues by Dennis Kelly, Robin Soans, Tamsin Oglesby, Laurence Wilson, Darja Stocker, Clara Brennan, Anja Hilling, Yasmine Van Wilt, Kay Adshead, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Arnold Wesker, Richard Bean and Lee Blessing, among others, The Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Women is a unique and useful resource for acting classes, contests, auditions and rehearsals. The book is helpfully arranged according to age suitability - Teens, Twenties, Thirties and Forties plus - and sets the plays and individual speeches in their dramatic and performance context.

Press Comment:
"Anyone applying to train, preparing a showcase or auditioning for a job needs a fund of good sparky monologues, and they can be quite difficult to find. So I think many people are going to be grateful to voice coach Catherine Weate who has assembled and edited two further books of modern monologues" – The Stage

Publisher: Oberon Books, £9.99 Buy Now

ISBN: 9781849434522


Modern Monologues for Men

Modern Monologues for Men brings together over fifty speeches from essential modern dramatists such as Howard Barker, Chris O’Connell, Richard Bean, Tanika Gupta, Will Eno, Meredith Oakes, Abi Morgan, Tom Morris & Emma Rice, Rod Beacham, Toby Whithouse and Dennis Kelly.

The book is helpfully arranged according to age suitability – Teens, Twenties, Thirties and Forty Plus – and provides a dramatic context for each speech. A unique and useful resource for auditioning actors.

Publisher: Oberon Books, £8.99 Buy Now

ISBN: 9781840028256


Modern Monologues for Women

Modern Monologues for Women contains over fifty specially selected speeches by modern dramatists such as Linda Brogan, Laura Wade, David Foley, Deborah Gearing, Neil de Souza, Glyn Maxwell, Adriano Shaplin, Dennis Kelly, Neil Bartlett, David Pownall, Paul Jepson & Tony Parker, Torben Betts, Robert Shaw, Fermin Cabal, Tanika Gupta and Meredith Oakes.

The book is helpfully arranged according to age suitability – Teens, Twenties, Thirties and Forty Plus – and provides a dramatic context for each speech. A unique and useful resource for auditioning actors.

Publisher: Oberon Books, £8.99 Buy Now

ISBN: 9781840028263


Modern Duologues

Modern Duologues contains over fifty duologue extracts from essential modern dramatists such as Meredith Oakes, Laura Wade, Chris O’Connell, Torben Betts, Lisa Evans, Howard Barker, Richard Bean and Tanika Gupta.

The book is helpfully arranged according to gender suitability – Female/Female, Male/Male and Female/Male – and provides a dramatic context for each duologue. A unique and useful resource for actors taking part in workshops and showcases.

Publisher: Oberon Books, £12.99 Buy Now

ISBN: 9781840028287