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Shakespeare and Gesture in Practice

Shakespeare in Practice

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 200
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Shakespeare in Practice

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Paperback - 9780230276420

26 August 2016

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02 September 2016

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19 May 2018

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When actors perform Shakespeare, what do they do with their bodies? How do they display to the spectator what is hidden in the imagination?

This is a history of Shakespearean performance as seen through the actor's body....

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When actors perform Shakespeare, what do they do with their bodies? How do they display to the spectator what is hidden in the imagination? This is a history of Shakespearean performance as seen through the actor's body. Tunstall draws upon social, cognitive and moral psychology to reveal how performers from Sarah Siddons to Ian McKellen have used the language of gesture to reflect the minds of their characters and shape the reactions of their audiences. This book is rich in examples, including detailed analysis of recent performances and interviews with key figures from the worlds of both acting and gesture studies. Truly interdisciplinary, this provocative and original contribution will appeal to anyone interested in Shakespeare, theatre history, psychology or body language.

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Cuttingedge there is no book that currently addresses the question of Shakespeare and gesture.

Studentfocused provides students with a new critical language for understanding Shakespeare's texts as works in practice

Combines theory and practice will challenge existing thinking about Shakespeare, while also providing very practical insights into staging a Shakespeare play

Introduction
PART ONE: THEORY
1. What is a Gesture?
2. Ideas of Gesture – Before and After Shakespeare
PART TWO: PRACTICE
3. Shakespeare's Practice
4. Eighteenth Century Gesture
5. Gestural Landmarks from Garrick to Irving
6. Modern and Postmodern Gestures
7. The Use of Video in the Study of Gesture
8. Interviews and Closing Thoughts
Further Reading
Bibliography
Index.  

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Darren Tunstall was a professional actor, director, movement director, writer and dramaturg before becoming Lecturer in Acting at the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, UK.

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Darren Tunstall was a professional actor, director, movement director, writer and dramaturg before becoming Lecturer in Acting at the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, UK.

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