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".... O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious
periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to
very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who
for the most part are capable of nothing but
inexplicable dumbshows and noise: I would have such
a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it
out-herods Herod: pray you, avoid it.

... Now this overdone,
or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful
laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the
censure of the which one must in your allowance
o'erweigh a whole theatre of others. O, there be
players that I have seen play, and heard others
praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely,
that, neither having the accent of Christians nor
the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so
strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of
nature's journeymen had made men and not made them
well, they imitated humanity so abominably."

Hamlet - Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Continued work on Shakespeare's verse, learning the rules of verse scansion and understanding the human heartbeat of iambic pentameter.   We study the plays for clarity and find the musical laws that apply to the laws of verse and speaking. 

Continued work on the action of speech, acting dramatic or comic poetry. 

  • Text:  Building a Character/Creating a Role
  • Scene Work:  Two person scenes from Shakespeare
  • Exercises:  Scansion, Diction, Voice and Movement.

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