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Re: Actors v Scholars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0999  Thursday, 22 May 2003

[1]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 20 May 2003 15:40:39 +0000
        Subj:   Acting off the book

[2]     From:   Kelley Costigan <
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        Date:   Monday, 19 May 2003 13:22:28 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0977 Re: Actors v Scholars


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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 May 2003 15:40:39 +0000
Subject:        Acting off the book

>SHK 14.0977 Re: Actors v Scholars
>
>For a thoughtful examination of the differing ways that actors and
>scholars engage with their texts, see W. B. Worthen, Shakespeare and the
>Authority of Performance (Cambridge, 1997).
>
>Frank Whigham

However not much depth of examination on the actor/scholar or the
scholar/actor in the same body - which is a species thought to be a
chimera by some. To some extent Worthen perpetuates the stereotype.
Clever folk can also act. Pure actors or pure scholars, if such exit,
are at the extreme percentiles of normality. However, it is quite normal
to be dim and unable to act. Certain theatrical companies (no names, no
pack-drill) exhibit such types regularly! The completely dim often pay
to see them. (No name, etc.)

Yours,
Noah Nemgivin.

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From:           Kelley Costigan <
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Date:           Monday, 19 May 2003 13:22:28 -0700
Subject: 14.0977 Re: Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0977 Re: Actors v Scholars

Tue Sorensen writes:

>'There is a book series called "Players" (I'm not sure
>about the title,
> but I think it was reviewed in Shakespeare Magazine) which collect RSC
> actors' accounts of how they perceive Shakespeare's literary and
> theatrical meaning.'

I believe she means the Players of Shakespeare series which is published
by Cambridge University Press (edited by Robert Smallwood - other
editors have included Jackson and Brockbank) which is up to number 4.
It contains essays by RSC actors regarding their impressions of playing
various Shakespearian roles which is extremely informative from a
performance-based point of view (as opposed to a non-actor's point of
view).  It is a wonderful series and well worth a look, even if it is
just to see how a performer interpreted a role in a production you
either did not understand or enjoy.

Regards,
Kelley Costigan
Blood & Thunder Theatre Company

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