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Playing Shakespeare

Author: John Barton; Royal Shakespeare Company.; London Weekend Television (Firm)
Publisher: London ; New York : Methuen in association with Channel Four Television Co., 1984.
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Barton; Royal Shakespeare Company.; London Weekend Television (Firm)
ISBN: 0413547809 9780413547804 0413547906 9780413547903
OCLC Number: 12584003
Notes: Based on the record of 9 workshop programmes made in 1982 by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London Weekend Television and shown on Channel Four in 1984.
Description: 211 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part one: objective things --
The two traditions - Elizabethan and modern acting --
Using the verse - Heightened and naturalistic verse --
Language and character - Making the words one's own --
Using the prose - Why does Shakespeare use prose? --
Set speeches and soliloquies - taking the audience with you --
Using the sonnets - Going over some old ground --
Part two: subjective things --
Irony and ambiguity - text that isn't what it seems --
Passion and coolness - a question of balance --
Rehearsing the text - Orsino and Viola --
Exploring a character - playing Shylock --
Contemporary Shakespeare - a discussion --
Poetry and hidden poetry - three kinds of failure.
Responsibility: John Barton ; with a foreword by Trevor Nunn.

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