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Playing Shakespeare
     

Playing Shakespeare

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Sit in on nine intensive acting workshops conducted by the legendary John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company. How does this world-renowned troupe make classic plays accessible to modern audiences, without compromising the text's integrity? How do actors search Shakespeare's verse for hidden clues to their characters' motivations? How do they balance intellect and

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Sit in on nine intensive acting workshops conducted by the legendary John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company. How does this world-renowned troupe make classic plays accessible to modern audiences, without compromising the text's integrity? How do actors search Shakespeare's verse for hidden clues to their characters' motivations? How do they balance intellect and passion to make theatre's most famous soliloquies seem fresh? The answers come from Barton and 21 of Britain's finest actors, including Oscar winners Dame Judi Dench, Ben Kingsley, and Peggy Ashcroft; along with Sir Ian McKellen; Patrick Stewart; and David Suchet. The set also features Sinead Cusack, Susan Fleetwood, Sheila Hancock, Alan Howard, Donald Sinden, Michael Williams, and more.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
UPC:
0054961822195
Rating:
NR
Source:
Athena
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
7:36:00
Sales rank:
43,571

Special Features

20-page viewer's guide includes highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, a history of the RSC, and "Vocabulary of Verse & Stage"; Actor biographies and RSC stage credits; Exclusive web extras

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Playing Shakespeare
1. Advice to the Players [12:11]
2. Modern Actors, Modern Influences [6:57]
3. Transforming Elizabethan Techniques [9:48]
4. Naturalistic and Heightened Language [9:54]
1. Verse As an Assist [12:11]
2. Directing Via Syllables [6:57]
3. Archaic Pronunciation [9:48]
4. Structure Dictating Pronunciation [9:54]
1. Words, Words, Words [6:17]
2. Pronunciation and Resonance [10:55]
3. Antithesis and Heightened Speech [11:00]
4. Choric Speech [21:07]
5. A Deliberate Inconsistency [:00]
Disc #2 -- Playing Shakespeare
1. Approaching Shylock [14:53]
2. Contrasting Performances [15:29]
3. A Question of Timing [10:42]
4. Shylock Exits [9:53]
1. Avoiding Generalization [14:53]
2. Exploring Emotional Moments [15:29]
3. Going for the Argument [10:42]
4. Approaching Soliloquies [9:53]
5. Addressing Complexities [:00]
Disc #3 -- Playing Shakespeare
1. An Introduction to Irony [12:32]
2. Stressing the Key Words [6:28]
3. Antithesis and Ambiguity [5:21]
4. Capitals and Inverted Commas [9:58]
5. Revealing Hidden Irony [16:45]
1. Balancing Emotion and Intellect [12:32]
2. Differing Interpretations [6:28]
3. Choric Elements [5:21]
4. Variety and Balance [9:58]
5. Cool It Down [16:45]
Disc #4 -- Playing Shakespeare
1. Deciphering Hidden Hints [12:50]
2. Earning Exceptions to Rhythm [8:45]
3. Feste's Arrival [10:25]
4. The Verse Builds Pressure [20:44]
1. Poetic Language [12:50]
2. A Director's Instruction [8:45]
3. Qualities of Time [10:25]
4. In and Outside Character [20:44]
5. Different Eras [:00]

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Playing Shakespeare 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whew, prepare to learn more about acting in Shakespear, and about his witting, than you ever knew.