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Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women By Harriet Walter,

  • Title: Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women
  • Author: Harriet Walter
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  • Page: 245
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A part we have played is like a person we once met, grew to know, became intimately enmeshed with and finally moved away from Some of these characters remain friends, others are like ex lovers with whom we no longer have anything in common All of them bring something out in us that will never go back in the box In a varied and distinguished career, Harriet Walter has A part we have played is like a person we once met, grew to know, became intimately enmeshed with and finally moved away from Some of these characters remain friends, others are like ex lovers with whom we no longer have anything in common All of them bring something out in us that will never go back in the box In a varied and distinguished career, Harriet Walter has played almost all of Shakespeare s heroines, notably Ophelia, Helena, Portia, Viola, Imogen, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice and Cleopatra, mostly for the Royal Shakespeare Company But where, she asks, does an actress go after playing Cleopatra s magnificent death Why didn t Shakespeare write and powerful roles for mature women For Walter, the solution was to ignore the dictates of centuries of tradition, and to begin playing the mature male characters Her Brutus in an all female Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse was widely acclaimed, and was soon followed by Henry IV What, she asks, can an actress bring to these roles and is there any fundamental difference in the way they must be played In Brutus and Other Heroines, Walter discusses each of these roles both male and female from the inside, explaining the particular choices she made in preparing and performing each character Her extraordinarily perceptive and intimate accounts illuminate each play as a whole, offering a treasure trove of valuable insights for theatregoers, scholars and anyone interested in how the plays work on stage Aspiring actors, too, will discover the many possibilities open to them in playing these magnificent roles The book is an exploration of the Shakespearean canon through the eyes of a self identified feminist actor but, above all, a remarkable account of an acting career unconstrained by tradition or expectations It concludes with an affectionate rebuke to her beloved Will I cannot imagine a world without you I just wish you had put women at the centre of your world stage I would love you to come back and do some rewrites.
    Brutus and Other Heroines Playing Shakespeare s Roles for Women A part we have played is like a person we once met grew to know became intimately enmeshed with and finally moved away from Some of these characters remain friends others are like ex lovers with wh

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    1. I have no idea whether a book like this is useful or interesting to non actors, but to a performer is filled with the insightful practicality of a professional at work.

    2. Of most interest are the chapters on playing Brutus and Henry IV, esp for those lucky enough to have seen these breakthrough performances, and her Prospero.

    3. I ve never thought of what goes into the craft of acting, but I have tried to grasp some of the finer meanings in Shakespeare Getting to see Harriet Walter play King Henry and then Prospero in the all female productions at St Anne s Warehouse brought me to this book Although some of the stories she tells are older and written some time ago, her voice remains mostly consistent, gaining confidence and reflection.Modern actors do an amazing job of breaking down the language to understand character [...]

    4. A must read for anyone interested in ShakespeareThe insights into how to actually analyze and play Shakespeare s characters is delivered in an amazingly detailed yet practical way Walker s personal experiences with the many roles she has played on stage is compelling from the first page to the last She details easily how the words Shakespeare wrote guide the interpretation in even some of his most difficult lines and characters Studying the entire text, utilizing the meter and other clues to nar [...]

    5. This is an exceptional collection of essays by a tremendous Shakespeare scholar and performer I wasn t sure what to expect when I picked it up but was very excited to learn about Ms Walter s experience playing myriad roles in the canon with the RSC and other companies This was so much than that In addition to detailing several of her standout experiences playing certain iconic roles, she offers insightful commentary on the history both of the world Shakespeare lived in, and the ones he created [...]

    6. Dame Harriet Walter takes us through some of the key Shakespearian female roles she has played and a couple of male ones It s not really a memoir of a technical manual I think I would have enjoyed it if I knew about the plays themselves I ve seen quite a few but aside from Romeo Juliet and Othello have never actually studied any , but it was interesting to read her take on how the really challenging female parts dry up after Lady Macbeth Cleopatra and how in order to prolong her Shakespearian [...]

    7. I loved this book, partly because it was so easy to read The book is split into different plays, so you can easily read a chapter at a time or just pick the plays that you want to hear about.I find that the book worked best if you had seen the productions, but it works very well and is still an interesting read if you haven t been so fortunate.

    8. An engaging, well written, intelligent account of Harriet Walter s experiences playing Shakespeare s leading ladies, and 2 of his leading men A thoroughly readable book that could easily have been twice as long.

    9. Really good collection of essays and that look at some of Shakespeare s most interesting characters and the impact gender has on these roles.

    10. A clear, accessible series of short essays about various Shakespearean roles Harriet Walter has taken throughout her career Many of her insights as an actor are revelations and serious food for thought to me, as an English Lit student Academics often get accused of ignoring or failing to deal with the performance side of dramatic texts, and reading this is a great corrective to that mode of thinking Walter writes with dexterity and passion, showing her consideration of character through Shakespe [...]

    11. Harriet Walter s insightful, witty examination of Shakespeare s heroines and some of his heroes is never less than interesting, and sometimes genuinely revelatory The sections on Lady Macbeth and Brutus were particularly interesting to me, especially having had the privilege off seeing Walter play Brutis, Henry IV and Prospero on a single day she reveals the layers that inevitably get lost in the immediacy of performance.

    12. Fascinating insights from one of Britain s leading actors about Shakespeare s greatest female roles plus Brutus in Julius Caesar and Henry IV which she played in all female productions A must read for any actor playing these roles and a useful read for anyone interested in Shakespeare as a performer, director or scholar.

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