Apr. 13th, 2016

tempestsarekind: (viola reading)
An interview with Giles Block, the Text Adviser at Shakespeare's Globe (interview by Andrew Dickson):
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/apr/11/speak-master-a-text-coach-on-shakespeares-way-with-words

Not that I know exactly what he does - what it's actually like to work with actors - but this is basically my dream job. Or even my dream volunteer activity, if there were any Shakespeare companies around here that seemed to want this sort of thing…

(I bought Giles Block's book when I was at the Globe; I'm hoping to read it this summer.)
tempestsarekind: (hey nonny nonny)
I've never really thought about the odd convention that characters in comedies are often not supposed to laugh at each other's jokes, so I enjoyed this piece for drawing my attention to it:

http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2016/04/11/473801446/a-good-fit-why-the-best-thing-about-catastrophe-is-people-laughing

I suppose this is related to one of the things that often frustrates me about productions of Shakespeare's comedies, though: no one has remembered to tell the actors that their characters actually enjoy wit and wordplay, instead of just rolling their eyes at it, or trying to gabble through it as quickly as possible because they think the audience won't get it (which is a tried and tested method of making sure the audience doesn't get it, of course).

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