The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0851. Friday, 15 August 1997.
Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 1997 08:20:07 +0000 (HELP)
Subject: 8.0849 Re: Barrymore
Comment: Re: SHK 8.0849 Re: Barrymore
Tremolo and Vibrato were practically characters in the plays back then!
Booth too, by the way. And Gillette, Benson, Irving, Gielgud, Maurice
Evans, Forbes-Robertson, early Ashcroft. The point is not their
*conversational* believability. Although Gillette prided himself on, and
fostered, what he called `the illusion of the first time', it is
*emotional* credibility he was after, knowing perfectly well as Burbage,
Will Kemp and William Shakespeare knew before him, that he was onstage
and not out on the street with a tape recorder.
Mamet, Williams, O'Neill, Pinter---they all sound "believable" because
of their extraordinary gifts in the patterning, echoing, assonantal and
subtle alliteration of what Hopkins termed `common language
heightened'. I don't see that I can ever tire of reiterating this!