ACTIONS: The Actors' Thesaurus is a vital companion for actors in
rehearsal—a thesaurus of action words to revitalize performance.
Actors need actions. Actors cannot ‘act’ adjectives, they need
verbs. Verbs are an aim to achieve, an action to perform.
‘Actions’ are active verbs. ‘I tempt you.’ ‘You taunt me.’ In
order to perform an action truthfully--and therefore
convincingly-- an actor needs to find exactly the right action to
suit that particular situation and that particular line. That is
where this book comes in….
ACTIONS is a thesaurus of active verbs that the actor can use to
refine performance until s/he hits exactly the right one to help
make the action come alive. ACTIONS: The Actors’ Thesaurus by
Marina Caldarone & Maggie Lloyd-Williams has gathered together
the (formerly) dogged-eared photocopied lists of action verbs
from greenrooms and rehearsal rooms and put them together in this
pocket-sized thesaurus. All with a view to helping actors get to
the heart of meaning and to a great performance. This thesaurus
of action words is indispensable in developing mood, line
readings, and acting choices for each and every line.