Speaking Shakespeare

ISBN-10: 0312294204

ISBN-13: 9780312294205

Edition: 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Patsy Rodenburg

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"You can’t act Shakespeare until you can speak him." These words inform every page of Speaking Shakespeare. Patsy Rodenburg tackles one of the most difficult jobs an actor can take on: speaking Shakespeare on the stage both as his words were meant to be spoken as well as in an understandable and dramatic way that projects the reality of the character. Patsy calls this book "a simple manual to start the journey into the heart of Shakespeare." She begins with the "givens" of speaking verse. She then moves on to the rehearsal of leading Shakespeare roles from Hamlet, King Lear, Richard III, Macbeth and others. Like The Actor Speaks, this will be a book every working actor will need to have. Speaking Shakespeare is a passionate book about how one properly plays the characters of the most well-known playwright in the English language and that passion is encompassed in another rule she passes on to her students and readers.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 8/17/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Foundation Craft
Foundation Craftp. 3
The Bodyp. 15
The State of Readinessp. 23
Breathp. 30
Supportp. 36
Freeing the Voicep. 40
Placing the Free Voicep. 46
Consolidationp. 50
Deepening the Workp. 53
Range and Resonancep. 55
Clear Speechp. 57
Listeningp. 60
Hamlet's Advicep. 63
The Givensp. 69
The Wordp. 72
Alliteration, Assonance, Onomatopoeiap. 78
Rhythmp. 84
Pauses and Irregularities of Rhythmp. 95
The Linep. 103
The Thought and the Structuring of Thoughtsp. 108
The Structure of Scenesp. 120
Antithesisp. 121
Rhymep. 126
Prosep. 155
Ironyp. 163
Punsp. 169
Language gamesp. 173
Repetitionp. 177
The Storyp. 180
Locationp. 184
Stage Directions, Props, Entrances and Exitsp. 186
Soliloquyp. 188
The Imaginative
The Imaginative Exploration of the Textp. 191
Anchoring the Textp. 201
Focus and Energyp. 217
Summaryp. 222
The Speeches
Richard IIIp. 226
Julius Caesarp. 236
Measure for Measurep. 242
King Learp. 250
As You Like Itp. 266
Much Ado About Nothingp. 273
The Merchant of Venicep. 279
Othellop. 285
Henry Vp. 292
The Winter's Talep. 297
Macbethp. 303
Twelfth Nightp. 314
A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 325
Antony and Cleopatrap. 329
Coriolanusp. 334
Cymbelinep. 338
King Johnp. 344
Preparing the Body, Breath, Voice and Speechp. 351
The Givensp. 354
The Imaginativep. 355
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