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Theatre Games / Sir John Gielgud

Synopsis
Two programmes relating to course AA306, Shakespeare: text and Performance.

Band 1) Theatre Games: Dramatist Clive Barker, actress Fiona Shaw and Cicely Berry, voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, demonstrate the value of theatre games, as practised by Stanislavski and Barker, as a method of improving physical engagement with Shakespeare’s works. Activities designed to sharpen concentration and deepen expression carried out by workshop participants, leading to a reading of Sonnet 57 (`Being but your slave, what should I do but tend/Upon the hours and times of your desire?'') and scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear.

Band 2) Sir John Gielgud: an extensive conversation between John Gielgud and Richard Attenborough, with Gielgud sharing his memories of the Shakespearean characters he has played. Features footage from Shakespearean films in which he starred.
Series
Open University Aa306
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2000
Duration
144 mins
Availability
Out of distribution

Credits

Contributor
Cicely Berry; Richard Attenborough
Cast
Clive Barker 
Fiona Shaw 
John Gielgud 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
acting techniques; body language; Gielgud, John (1904-2000); Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stanislavskii, Konstantin Sergeevich; Verse speaking; Workshops

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Canny Store

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Phone
01789 207440
Address
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Distributor (Sale)

Name

Films for the Humanities & Sciences

Email
custserv.@films.com
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Fax
+1 609 671 0266
Address
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Notes
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Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
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Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
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Notes
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