Acting

FM Alexander as a young actor discovered the Alexander Technique to improve his performance.

The Alexander Technique helps actors to:

  • improve stamina
  • increase clarity of perception
  • free up spontaneity and
  • manage performance nerves

It can help you transform the quality of the ‘action’, gain more control of your breathing, and enhance your freedom of movement and stage presence.

Improved self-awareness allows you to change poor habits and develop a wider repertoire of skills, to deliver your best performance possible. Leading actors recommend AT as the foundation for good use and freedom of movement both on and off stage.

The Alexander Technique is taught at all major drama schools in the UK and around the world and it has been the foundation of the actors' training at RADA for the last 30 years.

There is an impressive list of world famous actors who recommend the Technique; Dame Judi Dench, Alan Rickman, Sir Ian McKellen, Lenny Henry, Kenneth Branagh, Jesse Eisenberg, Jennifer Saunders, Hilary Swank, Julie Andrews, Stephen Dillane to name but a few.

Lenny Henry: In 2011 Lenny Henry learned...

In 2011 Lenny Henry learned the Alexander Technique as part of his award-winning performance as Othello for the Northern Broadsides Theatre Company. He says:

Alexander technique really helped my posture and focus during my stint as Othello with Northern Broadsides theatre company. Imagine how excited I was when arrived at the National theatre for Comedy of Errors and found I could have Alexander taught to me once a week, I was chuffed to little meatballs.

Lenny Henry

At about the age of 45, I began to experience severe pain in both of my knees. I was told I had damaged the cartilage, initially caused by the use of a kicking strap on a sailing dinghy, and made worse by many years of beagling, and to stop beagling or risk ending up in a wheelchair. A few years later a friend suggested the Alexander Technique. At first I was very sceptical, but had also reached the stage where I was ready to try virtually any means to solve the problem. A few weeks after my first lesson, I had gone out beagling, but only walking.

Chris Walsh

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