Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors + Video by Kelly HunterCracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors + Video by Kelly Hunter

Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors + Video

byKelly Hunter

Paperback | December 17, 2015

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Cracking Shakespeare serves to demystify the process of speaking Shakespeare's language, offering hands-on techniques for drama students, young actors and directors who are intimidated by rehearsing, performing and directing Shakespeare's plays. For some artists approaching Shakespeare, the ability to capture the dynamic movement of thought from mind to mouth, and the paradox of using the formality of verse to express a realistic form of speech, can seem daunting. Cracking Shakespeare includes practical techniques and exercises to solve this dilemma - including supporting online video which demonstrate how to embody Shakespeare's characters in rehearsal and performance - offering a toolkit that will free actors and directors from their fear of Shakespeare. The result of thirty years of acting, teaching and directing Shakespeare, Kelly Hunter's Cracking Shakespeare is the ideal textbook for actors and directors looking for new ways to approach Shakespeare's plays in a hands-on, down-to-earth style.
Kelly Hunter is an actor, director and educator. She performs, directs and teaches Shakespeare in the UK and USA. She has been a regular tutor at the Actors Centre since 2003 and is the author of Shakespeare's Heartbeat: Drama Games for Children with Autism. Please visit for more information.
Title:Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors + VideoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:December 17, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:147253283X

ISBN - 13:9781472532831

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Table of Contents

Introduction PART ONE - Rhythm, Sound and Structure Chapter One: Rhythm Chapter Two: Sound Chapter Three: Alphabet of emotion Chapter Four: Structure; When do I breathe? PART TWO - Words, words, words Chapter Five: Keywords Chapter Six: Rhetoric Chapter Seven: Prose and verse Chapter Eight: Putting it all together; soliloquys Chapter Nine: Putting it all together; scenes PART THREE - Games to play in rehearsal Chapter Ten: Game of the mind's eye; soliloquys Chapter Eleven: Games of the mind's eye; scenes Chapter Twelve: Rehearsal Techniques Chapter Thirteen: Run-throughs Exercise Videos Index

Editorial Reviews

Cracking Shakespeare will be an eminently handy addition to the reading list of high school and undergraduate courses and the libraries of instructors new to teaching Shakespearean acting.