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Re: Rhetoric
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1255  Monday, 7 December 1998.

[1]     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Sunday, 06 Dec 1998 11:41:12 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1244 Re: Rhetoric

[2]     From:   Lise Olson <
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        Date:   Monday, 7 Dec 1998 09:11:00 -0100
        Subj:   RE: SHAKSPER Digest - 4 Dec 1998 to 6 Dec 1998


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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Sunday, 06 Dec 1998 11:41:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.1244 Re: Rhetoric
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1244 Re: Rhetoric

I find it difficult to believe that Katherine Fitzmaurice studied and
taught at Central "without ever hearing the word 'scansion'". Cecily
Berry's course there used her own book as well as occasionally mine the
last time I checked and both are full of scanning exercises; mind you,
this was in 1992, and multifarious changes may have occurred since then,
for worse or better.

        Whining on anapestically again,
        Harry Hill,
        Montreal

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From:           Lise Olson <
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Date:           Monday, 7 Dec 1998 09:11:00 -0100
Subject:        RE: SHAKSPER Digest - 4 Dec 1998 to 6 Dec 1998

Re: Voice Training and Rhetoric

I agree completely with Catherine Fitzmaurice. I, too, was trained and
also taught at Central School of Speech and Drama in London. For the
past 8 years, I have been training actors in the UK in Voice (prior to
that I taught for many years in the USA). More often than not, Voice
training employs a variety of teaching methods to produce a flexible,
healthy voice that has the ability to handle a variety of texts. OF
COURSE you must know what a text means---however, an intellectual
understanding of  that text, (including figures of rhetoric) do not a
good performance make. I realize that I may be  preaching to the
converted here---but there is really no substitute for a visceral ,
muscular connection with the thoughts/words to be spoken (Shakespeare or
Donne or Mamet).  So, yes, by all means, train actors in rhetoric-in
addition to the rich and varied tapestry of techniques that most actors
learn-but let those words come from an impulse to speak coupled with a
strong connection to the text.

On another matter---did anyone tape the Peter Fonda TEMPEST that was
mentioned on the list ? Please contact me off list if you would be
willing to make me a copy.  Cheers!

Lise Olson
Lecturer in Acting and Voice
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
 

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