What can the Globe Theatre tell us about performing Shakespeare?
Unearthing Shakespeare is the first book to consider what the Globe, today’s replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, can contribute to a practical understanding of Shakespeare’s plays. Valerie Clayman Pye reconsiders the material evidence of Early Modern theatre-making, presenting clear, accessible discussions of historical theatre practice; stages and staging; and the relationship between actor and audience. She relays this into a series of training exercises for actors at all levels.
From “Shakesball” and “Telescoping” to Elliptical Energy Training and The Radiating Box, this is a rich set of resources for anyone looking to tackle Shakespeare with authenticity and confidence.
Table of Contents
- Chapter One: Shakespeare’s Theatrical Culture
- Chapter Two: Examining the Globe
- Chapter Three: Understanding the Text
- Chapter Four: Creating Character
- Part Two: Actuating Practice
- Chapter Five: Activating the Body
- Chapter Six: Awakening the Listener
- Chapter Seven: Energizing the Language
- Chapter Eight: Expanding the Fiction
- Chapter Nine: Developing and Playing the Shakespeare Score
- Chapter Ten: Rehearsing the Part
- Appendix A: Exercises for the Classroom
- Appendix B: Exercises for Rehearsal
- Appendix C: Exercises for Solo Practice