Touching Lives: Memoirs of an Alexander Technique Teacher Working with the RSC and National Theatre

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9780956899774: Touching Lives: Memoirs of an Alexander Technique Teacher Working with the RSC and National Theatre

This book contains the fascinating memoirs of Sue Laurie learning, training and teaching the Alexander Technique. Sue has taught for over thirty years as an integral part of inner workings of the RSC and National Theatre. With an indomitable passion for theatre Sue's dedication, humour, and love for all those she has worked with shines through. Full of delightful anecdotes this book is essential reading for Directors, Actors, Puppeteers, theatre aficionados and anyone interested in the Alexander Technique and its impact on performance.

Speaking as a director Sue is invaluable during rehearsal.... Alexander feels to me beautifully paradoxical: gentle, yet deep, almost imperceptible yet with palpable results.
Ian Rickson (Director)

Sue is a wonderful teacher. She has expert experience from her years at The National Theatre and insight into how the Alexander technique can affect the human form in all scales of performance space. ... a brilliant diagnostic for improved stage craft ... Benedict Cumberbatch (Actor)

With just a few words of encouragement, and some very careful manipulations Sue had my voice booming and my body and mind relaxed. ... always respectful and incredibly smart about the actor's 'Inner Critic' and the why's and wherefores of performance anxiety... Sir Lenny Henry (Comedian, Actor, Writer)

The principles of Alexander Technique, if manifested in your puppeteering body can manifest in the puppet itself. Nicolas Hart (Actor, Head of 'Joey' in War Horse)

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