Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus

by Marina Calderone & Maggie Lloyd-Williams


An invaluable rehearsal companion.

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Nick Hern Books | £5.00 | RRP £9.99

An invaluable rehearsal companion.

Actioning is a way of bringing a text to life in a detailed, clear, specific and grounded way. It is also very useful for sustaining a performance over a long run.

Actors can’t just act the overall mood of a speech or scene. For every line they need a purpose, something their character is trying to achieve by saying that line. In other words, they need a verb. This book is bursting with active verbs to help you think about, and act, each line, unleashing a huge vocabulary of verbs to help you unlock and sustain the perfect performance.

With a clear “how to” section, and a foreword by Terry Johnson.


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