Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Shakespeare Rules instilled in The Dench by Michael Benthall and Peter Hall

1. Remember it's a play, not reality.
2. Obey the metre.
3. Start scenes.
4. Earn a pause.
5. Don't separate.
6. Drive through the speech.
7. Antithesis, pauses, up at the end of lines.
8. Economy, simplicity, and negotiate with humour.
9. You don't have to carry the message, the play does it for you.
10. Trust the play, and your casting.

The Dench says that #8 is the greatest of all.

And, yes. It is.

John Stride and The Dench in ROMEO AND JULIET