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Re: Shakespeare from the bottom up
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0306  Monday, 4 February 2002

From:           Whitt Brantley <
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Date:           Thursday, 31 Jan 2002 15:02:29 EST
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare from the bottom up

I've observed it in action a few times in the past.

Once, was with a professional actor who was having trouble connecting
the thoughts in the monologue.  He tended to gloss over what he
subconsciously did not or could not understand.

I think it was the opening speech in Richard III.  Anyway, the director
asked him to go line by line....backwards.  And in his opinion, it
seemed to help give each line a new and distinct clarity...an
independence within the whole...

It also help him to find where the transitions were in the speech.

I thought it was effective. When I have done it myself, I tend to pick
up on words and intentions in the monologue that I had neglected
before...

Brantley

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