Acting Shakespeare Author:Bertram Joseph How did the actors for whom Shakespeare wrote his plays make his characters come to life, how did they convey his words? Can modern directors, actors, and even library readers of Shakespeare learn from them? — While still at Oxford Bertram Joseph attracted attention with his studies of the techniques of Tudor actors, which he first published in E... more »LIZABETHAN ACTING (Oxford Univ. Press) and THE TRAGIC ACTOR. In ACTING SHAKESPEARE he has added what he has uncovered in the interim and what he has learned from applying this considerable body of new knowledge in helping to train modern actors at the Bristol Old Vic and Mermaid Theatres in England and at theatres in Canada and the United States.
The dual problem, of creating character and making the Elizabethan playwrights' poetry compelling for the audience, has seldom been resolved in modern times. Mr. Joseph demonstrates the hard course a modern actor must follow to make real and truthful the words he speaks, and the action and emotion underlying them. He likens the enormous complexity of a Shakespeare play to the score of a great piece of music requiring from conductor an musicians special knowledge, highly trained skills of body and voice and inspired performance. But he also shows, with examples and simple exercises, how the preparation for such a great task can be effected.« less