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Creating a safe and effective fight scene
Creating a safe and effective fight scene

Duration: 02:23

A fight director discusses and demonstrates how to fight safely and effectively on the stage.

 
Creating an effective fight scene (pt 1/4)
Creating an effective fight scene (pt 1/4)

Duration: 03:06

Fight techniques in drama are explored as actor Adrian Lester works with a group of students. He demonstrates each technique and the students mirror what he does.

 
Creating an effective fight scene (pt 2/4)
Creating an effective fight scene (pt 2/4)

Duration: 03:51

Actor Adrian Lester works with a group of students explaining how to throw a realistic, but safe punch in drama.

 
Creating an effective fight scene (pt 3/4)
Creating an effective fight scene (pt 3/4)

Duration: 03:17

Actor Adrian Lester works with a group of students demonstrating how actors grab each other by the hair and ear. Students practice the drama techniques that he shows them.

 
Creating an effective fight scene (pt 4/4)
Creating an effective fight scene (pt 4/4)

Duration: 01:31

Actor Adrian Lester watches students practicing fight techniques for drama, offering help and advice where necessary.

 
Diction and pronunciation in drama
Diction and pronunciation in drama

Duration: 02:44

Actor Adrian Lester demonstrates diction and pronunciation to a group of students. They repeat a series of words and phrases at varying speeds.

 
Drama - creating status
Drama - creating status

Duration: 05:45

Actor Adrian Lester demonstrates how to deliver a line via a 'status scale'. He repeatedly delivers the same line in varying styles.

 
Hamlet: cliff-hanger endings
Hamlet: cliff-hanger endings

Duration: 02:50

Director Gregory Doran discusses the potential for a cliff-hanger ending to the first half of his 2008 RSC production of 'Hamlet'.

 
Hamlet: roles and casting
Hamlet: roles and casting

Duration: 05:16

Director Gregory Doran explains his casting decisions for the 2008 RSC production of 'Hamlet'. Principal actors discuss their roles and the demands of the play.

 
Hamlet: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Hamlet: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Duration: 03:02

Spotlight on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. Are they identical parts or are there some intriguing differences between them?

 
Hamlet: the deaths of Gertrude and Claudius
Hamlet: the deaths of Gertrude and Claudius

Duration: 02:43

Director Gregory Doran and actors Patrick Stewart and Penny Downie examine the deaths of Gertrude and Claudius in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

 
Hamlet: the fencing match
Hamlet: the fencing match

Duration: 02:55

'They fight' - Shakespeare gives few detailed stage directions so combat sequences are open to a range of interpretations. Fight director Terry King joins Gregory Doran to discuss the fencing sequence at the end of 'Hamlet'.

 
Hamlet: the play within the play
Hamlet: the play within the play

Duration: 04:45

Director Gregory Doran and cast members explore the staging of the 'play within the play' sequence.

 
How to create a believable character
How to create a believable character

Duration: 00:49

Actress Miriam Margolyes gives advice on how to make a character believable to the audience.

 
How to get into character - with Miriam Margolyes
How to get into character - with Miriam Margolyes

Duration: 01:32

Actress Miriam Margolyes discusses voice work and character development.

 
Miriam Margolyes on choosing the right voice to match a character
Miriam Margolyes on choosing the right voice to match a character

Duration: 01:38

Actress Miriam Margolyes discusses finding the right voice for an animated character in the film 'Babe'.

 
Miriam Margolyes on how to act as if you're drunk
Miriam Margolyes on how to act as if you're drunk

Duration: 01:06

Tips and tricks from actress Miriam Margolyes on how to act drunk.

 
Miriam Margolyes on playing comedy and evil in the same character
Miriam Margolyes on playing comedy and evil in the same character

Duration: 01:44

Actress Miriam Margolyes demonstrates playing comedy and evil in the same character.

 
Miriam Margolyes on preparation for playing a character
Miriam Margolyes on preparation for playing a character

Duration: 01:27

Actress Miriam Margolyes on the careful preparation required for playing a character.

 
Miriam Margolyes on speaking in a French accent
Miriam Margolyes on speaking in a French accent

Duration: 01:24

Actress Miriam Margolyes demonstrates how to speak with a French accent.

 
Miriam Margolyes on speaking in an Italian accent
Miriam Margolyes on speaking in an Italian accent

Duration: 00:36

Actress Miriam Margolyes demonstrates how to speak with an Italian accent.

 
Peter Brook: the theatrical innovator
Peter Brook: the theatrical innovator

Duration: 06:18

An exploration of some of director, Peter Brook's innovative work, from Shakespeare to Artuad's Theatre of Cruelty.

 
Playing Hamlet
Playing Hamlet

Duration: 05:28

Actor Wayne Cater talks about his experience of playing Shakespeare's Hamlet, in both Welsh and English.

 
Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 4 - an alternative interpretation
Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 4 - an alternative interpretation

Duration: 02:24

Introducing Shakespeare to students with a theatre director. A group of students perform an alternative version of Act 1 Scene 4 from 'Romeo and Juliet'.

 
Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 5
Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 5

Duration: 02:55

The 'kissing scene' from William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is discussed with the director and lead characters. A 'final performance' of the scene is also included.

 
Romeo and Juliet: modern costume designs
Romeo and Juliet: modern costume designs

Duration: 02:53

A director discusses ideas for a modern version of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' set in 1980s Coventry. Costume designers then discuss and demonstrate their ideas for outfits for the main characters.

 
Romeo and Juliet: prologue
Romeo and Juliet: prologue

Duration: 01:55

The prologue from William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is discussed, followed by a performance of it by a group of students.

 
Romeo and Juliet: the Queen Mab speech
Romeo and Juliet: the Queen Mab speech

Duration: 01:59

The 'Queen Mab' speech from William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and it's performance is discussed by a director. A performance of the scene by a group of students is included.

 
Tips for giving a performance from actress Miriam Margolyes
Tips for giving a performance from actress Miriam Margolyes

Duration: 03:46

Top tips for creating a character and giving a performance from actress Miriam Margolyes.

 
Voice projection and pronunciation in drama
Voice projection and pronunciation in drama

Duration: 02:42

Voice projection in a theatre is demonstrated by actor Adrian Lester. He gives tips to a group of students on how to pronounce lines from William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

 
Voice warm-ups for drama
Voice warm-ups for drama

Duration: 02:59

Voice warm-up techniques for drama are demonstrated and practised. The importance of these techniques is then discussed.

 
What is iambic pentameter?
What is iambic pentameter?

Duration: 02:28

Iambic pentameter is briefly discussed and a definition is provided. A group of students practise using it with everyday sentences.

 

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