"The Invisible Actor", Paperback
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Yoshi Oida is completely unique. A Japanese actor and director who has worked mainly in the West as a member of Peter Brook's theatre company in Paris, he blends the oriental tradition of supreme and studied control with the Western performer's need to characterise and expose depths of emotion. In this practical and captivating study of the actor's art written with Lorna Marshall, Yoshi Oida explains that once the audience becomes openly aware of the actor's method and becomes too conscious of the actor's artistry, the wonder of performance dies.

The audience must never see the actor but only his or her performance.

Throughout Lorna Marshall provides a running commentary on Yoshi Oida's work and methods which help you understand the achievement of this singular theatrical artist.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Acting techniques
  • ISBN: 9780413696106



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Oida's process is fascinating and enlightening. If you use the book as a workbook, doing all the exercises he describes, you will definitely find out something new about yourself and your body. His perspectives gave me a lot of food for thought, and they're helping me look at my acting in a new way.

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