Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tues, Jan 12, 2010, at 5:00 p.m: World Renowned Director, Adrian Noble on HOW TO DO SHAKESPE at The Drama Book Shop

World Renowned Director, Adrian Noble: HOW TO DO SHAKESPEARE
FREE Reading, Talk and Q&A, Followed by a Book Signing

"Adrian Noble vigorously highlights the extraordinary rhythmic, linguistic patterns Shakespeare gives the speaker. Any actor will find this book invaluable. For any student of Shakespeare it should be essential." From the Foreword by Ralph Fiennes

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’.

This guided tour of Shakespeare’s complex but unfailingly rewarding work stunningly combines instruction and inspiration.

About the Author
Adrian Noble was the artistic director and chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1990 and 2003, having previously served as Associate Director for nine years. He has also held key positions at the Bristol Old Vic and the Manchester Royal Exchange. He regularly works in Theatre and Opera in Canada, France and the USA as well as the UK and has received over 20 Olivier Award nominations during his career.


How to do Shakespeare
By Adrian Noble
Foreword by Ralph Fiennes.
Routledge, 2010
Paper: $26.95

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