Drawing on an unrivalled wealth and range of expertise in the fields of acting, directing and training, Yoshi Oida and Lorna Marshall provide an authoritative and fascinating study of the art of the actor. In scrutinising the process of performance from the twin perspectives of the actor and director, An Actor''s Tricks is filled with hints, insights and stories from productions with Peter Brook and from around the world. Beginning with the daily preparation to train the body, it moves to the process of rehearsal for a performance right up to the moment when the actor steps onstage. Throughout practical exercises are included for the actor to follow. The book combines principles and techniques from both Western and Eastern disciplines of acting to provide a masterful study essential for every actor and director.
Yoshi Oida, a Japanese actor and director, has worked mainly in the West as a member of Peter Brook's theatre company in Paris where he became a leading member and trainer.
Lorna Marshall teaches physical acting at the RADA, and works internationally as a director and performance consultant in opera, circus and theatre.