Poor grammar is being blamed for falling standards in actors delivering their lines, according to leading actress Imogen Stubbs and a leading figure at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada).
Stubbs, who is a respected theatre performer and has appeared in such TV favourites as Casualty, New Tricks and Doctors, is becoming truly infuriated with actors which mutter.
Highlighting the fact that it is a complete change to how she was taught, she said:
“It was so drummed into us at drama school that it’s unforgivable not to be clear and heard.”
It is in the education of young actors that much of the problem lies too. According to Rada’s artistic director, Edward Kemp, many teenagers are leaving education without understanding language.
Kemp goes so far as to say that even people with an English degree can often fail to understand what they are being asked to read. He said:
“We’ve had to change our training to adapt to teenagers [not having] the faintest notion of basic grammar.”
The issue is so bad that Rada has decided to bring in grammar classes to help.
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Entertaining the audience and attracting repeat visitors is something that Rada hopes its new classes will help to promote in much the same way.