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Passion and Coolness

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Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of passion and coolness. Barton and the actors demonstrate deliberate and striking inconsistencies in Shakespeare's characters; the characteristic Shakespearean mixture of deep feeling; choric elements; and the balancing of heightened language and naturalistic performance.
VHS
1990; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
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Rehearsing the Text

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Concentrating on a scene from the Twelfth Night, presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and reading of the lines in search of Shakespeare's clues to character, language, and staging. Barton and the actors demonstrate how verse itself is a clue to the meaning.
VHS
1990; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
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Set Speeches and Soliloquies

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Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of dialogue and soliloquy for story and audience purposes. Barton explains the differences between the two, what they contain, and how they arise.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
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Poetry and Hidden Poetry

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Presenter/director John Barton leads members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion of Shakespeare's use of poetry and hidden poetry in seemingly unpoetic lines. Barton and the actors demonstrate how polysyllables trip easily off the tongue, while monosyllabic lines and words are packed with thoughts and feelings. They also explore Shakespeare's use of the words "time" and "death," along with contrast and sudden changes that occur.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
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Irony and Ambiguity

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Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of irony and ambiguity. Barton analyzes some of Shakespeare's texts with the actors, and demonstrates how understanding the intended irony in a phrase or speech totally changes the perception of the character speaking.
VHS
1990; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
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Exploring a Character

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Under John Barton's direction, two members of the Royal Shakespeare Company explore Shakespeare's character Shylock to demonstrate how shakespeare develops a character and the multiplicity of ways in which his characters can be understood. Given the same text from The merchant of Venice and the same direction, the different readings of the part demonstrate the infinite variety of Shakespeare's work.
 
1984; 1983
Ivy (By Request)