Acting Characters is an introductory book for students and aspiring actors to help demystify the process of acting, by breaking the process down into twenty manageable steps.
'Non-academic, highly practical and very effective . . . A real delight' UK Theatre Web
'A very valuable preparation for the rigours of drama school training' British Theatre Guide
'Technical and refreshingly non-academic . . . Clear and helpful pathways to guide the student actor' Sir Alan Ayckbourn
'This book offers graspable steps...... to equip the actor with the technical tools necessary to be seen and heard in our crowded arena' Sir Ben Kingsley
Paul Elsam's Acting Characters is an introductory handbook for the aspiring actor, compiled of twenty steps grouped into six sections to help create, present and sustain a believable character in most circumstances. Fundamentally practical, the book avoids the heavy discussion of theory that often accompanies books on the subject, looking instead at the essentials of how to use different voices and body language to convey character.
Paul Elsam trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic, and has worked widely in theatre, radio, film, television, and theatre-in-education. He currently teaches on the BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance degree at the University of Hull, and is completing PhD research into the work and legacy of theatre innovator Stephen Joseph. He is a Visiting Professor in Media and Performance at the Savannah College of Art + Design in Georgia, USA.