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What would Garrick do?, or, Acting lessons from the eighteenth century

Title
What would Garrick do?, or, Acting lessons from the eighteenth century / James Harriman-Smith.
ISBN
9781350171961
1350171964
9781350171954
1350171956
9781350171985
9781350171978
Publication
London ; New York : Methuen Drama, 2024.
Copyright Notice Date
©2024
Physical Description
ix, 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary
"The stage of the 1700s established a star culture with the emergence of acting celebrities such as David Garrick, Susannah Cibber and Sarah Siddons. It placed Shakespeare at the heart of the classical repertoire and offered unprecedented opportunities to female actors. This book demonstrates how an understanding of the practice and theories circulating at the time can generate new ways of studying and performing plays of all kinds today. Offering theatre professionals a model for active engagement with stage history, this book provides stage historians with an approach to past performance practice that is centred on process and preparation rather than product. Initially, this book vividly introduces readers to the 18th century stage and the ideas that governed it through a study of the vast amount of writing about acting that appeared at the time, including letters, diaries, treatises and anthologies. The author then presents a series of exercises developed in collaboration with professional actors and directors informed by this literature. These exercises can be employed singly or combined into an iterative rehearsal process; they are also open to further adaptation and analysis as part of a work that treats theatre writers of the past as potential collaborators for those interested in theatre today. A truly unique offering, What would Garrick Do? Or, Acting Lessons from the Eighteenth Century offers a fascinating deep-dive into this important time in theatre history to illuminate practices and processes today"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Acting lessons from the eighteenth century
Other formats
Online version: Harriman-Smith, James. What would Garrick do? London ; New York : Methuen Drama, 2024
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 29, 2024
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Emotions
Cultivation
Character
Voice
Action
Company
Audience
The exercises.
Citation

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