Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors + Video

Author(s): Kelly Hunter (Actor/Director)

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Cracking Shakespeare serves to demystify the process of speaking Shakespeare's language, offering hands-on techniques for drama students, young actors and directors who are intimidated by rehearsing, performing and directing Shakespeare's plays.
For some artists approaching Shakespeare, the ability to capture the dynamic movement of thought from mind to mouth, and the paradox of using the formality of verse to express a realistic form of speech, can seem daunting. Cracking Shakespeare includes practical techniques and exercises to solve this dilemma - including supporting online video which demonstrate how to embody Shakespeare's characters in rehearsal and performance - offering a toolkit that will free actors and directors from their fear of Shakespeare.
The result of thirty years of acting, teaching and directing Shakespeare, Kelly Hunter's Cracking Shakespeare is the ideal textbook for actors and directors looking for new ways to approach Shakespeare's plays in a hands-on, down-to-earth style.


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Hands-on acting techniques for drama students and young actors who are daunted by performing Shakespeare

Cracking Shakespeare will be an eminently handy addition to the reading list of high school and undergraduate courses and the libraries of instructors new to teaching Shakespearean acting. * Shakespeare Bulletin *

Kelly Hunter is an actor, director and educator. She performs, directs and teaches Shakespeare in the UK and USA. She has been a regular tutor at the Actors Centre since 2003 and is the author of Shakespeare's Heartbeat: Drama Games for Children with Autism. Please visit for more information.

PART ONE - Rhythm, Sound and Structure
Chapter One: Rhythm
Chapter Two: Sound
Chapter Three: Alphabet of emotion
Chapter Four: Structure; When do I breathe?
PART TWO - Words, words, words
Chapter Five: Keywords
Chapter Six: Rhetoric
Chapter Seven: Prose and verse
Chapter Eight: Putting it all together; soliloquys
Chapter Nine: Putting it all together; scenes
PART THREE - Games to play in rehearsal
Chapter Ten: Game of the mind's eye; soliloquys
Chapter Eleven: Games of the mind's eye; scenes
Chapter Twelve: Rehearsal Techniques
Chapter Thirteen: Run-throughs
Exercise Videos

General Fields

  • : 9781472532831
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic
  • : December 2015
  • : 216mm X 138mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kelly Hunter (Actor/Director)
  • : Paperback
  • : 792.028
  • : 192