|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||2008|
|INSIDE:||90 colour photographs, 4 line drawings|
Performing Shakespeare demystifies the works of the most famous dramatist in the English language. All too often the works of William Shakespeare are treated with a reverence and awe bordering on fear; this book aims to take that fear away, leaving the performer to enjoy the luxury of richness of the images, the poetry of the language, the humour and the drama, as well as providing the audience with a compelling and moving theatrical experience.
Topics covered: Understanding the language A summary of Shakespeare's life and work Practical exercises Warming up Calming the nerves Working as a team
" Voice, movement verse, character study, interpretation, and ensemble bonding are each treated in distinctive chapters with exercises. The presentation is excellent; colour photographs of recent English productions are juxtaposed with shots of young student actors engaged in various rehearsals. Additionally 26 "Handy Hint" sidebars run throughout. Among works for the theatre student and practitioner Crowood Press is an imprimateur of quality and distinction. Hester's fine offering will be most beneficial for high school students, or readers seeking a basic introduction to Shakespeare through performance. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Library Journal - March 15, 2010