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CLIP 8384

How to bring a Shakespearian character to life on stage

How to bring a Shakespearian character to life on stage
Key Info
  • How to bring a Shakespearian character to life on stage
  • Duration: 04:22
  • Alan Davies talks to actors, including Lennie James, to find out how they engage with their audience to make their representation of Shakespearian characters as realistic as possible. James focuses on the use of facial expressions and the effectiveness of soliloquies, whereas Toby Cockerall discusses the difficulties encountered by an actor who plays two parts. Davies uses clips from a 1997 production of 'Henry V' and some references to Macbeth to illustrate the points made by the actors. Davies concludes by comparing the challenges faced by contemporary and Shakespearian actors.
  • Subject:



    Shakespeare: General

  • Keywords: audience, relationship, convey, pretend, recent, soliloquy, Shakespeare, Henry V
Ideas for use in class
  • Would work well with clip 8383. Useful to illustrate techniques used by an actor to facilitate their representation of a character. Helpful to explore how an actor engages with their audience. Useful to illustrate the difficulties encountered by an actor playing two roles. Could generate a debate on what are the challenges faced by Shakespearian actors mirrored by their modern day counterparts?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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