This guided tour of Shakespeare’s complex but unfailingly rewarding work stunningly combines instruction and inspiration.
Adrian Noble has worked on Shakespeare with everyone from oscar-nominated actors to groups of schoolchildren. Here he draws on several decades of top-level directing experience to shed new light on how to bring some of theatre’s seminal texts to life.
He shows you how to approach the perennial issues of performing Shakespeare, including:
*wordplay – using colour and playing plain, wit and comedy, making language muscular
*building a character – different strategies, using the text, Stanislavski and Shakespeare
*shape and structure – headlining a speech, playing soliloquys, determining a speech’s purpose and letting the verse empower you
*dialogue – building tension, sharing responsibility and ’passing the ball’.