Freeing Shakespeare's Voice: The Actor's Guide to Talking the Text

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Nick Hern Books, Limited, Mar 1, 2010 - Acting - 224 pages
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A practical approach to breaking through the barriers of restraint and incomprehension when faced with Shakespeare.

Taking many of the techniques explored in her international bestseller Freeing The Natural Voice, in this companion volume Kristin Linklater shows how to apply them to the exploration and speaking of Shakespeare's language.

Beginning with exercises designed to break long-held habits and allow an emotional rather than intellectual relationship to Elizabethan language, she analyses Shakespeare's strategies for creating character, story and meaning through figures of speech, iambic pentameter, rhyme and the alternation of verse and prose. Using copious examples from the plays, Linklater offers her readers the tools to increase understanding and make Shakespeare's words their own.

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Kristin Linklater worked as a voice coach at the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving to the US. She has worked with many theatres and theatre groups, including the original theatre at Lincoln Center, the Guthrie Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company, the Open Theater and Shakespeare & Company.

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