Speech of Fire

Theatre Company

스피치 오브 파이어

​극단

Contact Us:  speechoffire@gmail.com 

Current Location: Seoul, South Korea

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Links to Resources/Influences

Resources for Actors

Standard Edited Editions of Shakespeare's Plays

(No links here; just search for the play title and the edition (such as "King Lear" "Arden") on Amazon. These are the edited editions we usually refer to when preparing for a show.)

The New Cambridge Shakespeare

Arden Shakespeare

The Oxford Shakespeare

Norton Critical Editions

Best place to find folio and quarto editions (including facsimiles):

University of Victoria's Internet Shakespeare Editions

Go to https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/plays.html and hover over "Texts" in the upper menu. 

(Or Google the title of the play you want and "first folio." Click on the uvic site that comes up. From there you can find Quartos, facsimiles, etc.)

Modern "translations" of Shakespeare's plays

(Good for checking basic understanding, but these tend to simplify possible multiple meanings and pass over details)

No Fear Shakespeare 

https://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/

Shakespeare Made Easy series

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Shakespeare+Made+Easy&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss

Places to watch Shakespeare theatre productions online

Digital Theatre

Regularly updated with new, high-quality productions from the RSC, the Globe, the Old Vic, and other theatres, mostly in the UK.

Especially wide Shakespeare selections and price for educational institutions and teachers.

Monthly streaming subscription

https://www.digitaltheatre.com/

Shakespeare's Globe in London

Mostly includes one production per Shakespeare play. Updated with a few new ones each year. You pay to download the video file.

https://globeplayer.tv/

National Theatre Live

Live broadcasts of productions from the National Theatre in London, only available to be watched when they are being screened in theaters. It is impossible to find full videos of these productions outside of screenings, but they do release interviews, trailers, and scenes from the productions on their site and on Youtube, which can give insights into the productions.

http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

Broadway HD

North American productions, mostly musicals. Overall, the site's selection isn't necessarily of the highest-quality shows. Includes Shakespeare productions from Stratford, Ontario, old BBC Shakespeare productions, etc.). A rare place to see quality Shakespeare in North American accents. Playback might be slow.  

Monthly streaming subscription. I believe it's also possible to subscribe to them through Amazon, which might have better playback speeds.

https://www.broadwayhd.com/categories/shakespeare

BBC's 2016 "Shakespeare Lives" programming:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ehw2mb

Including clips from Talawa Theatre Company's production of King Lear: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ehw2mb/acts/agf2rz

(The full production used to be available.)

A few favorite general resources on acting

How to Stop Acting, by Harold Guskin

https://www.amazon.com/How-Stop-Acting-Revolutionary-Developing-ebook/dp/B005OR08NI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1545587423&sr=8-2&keywords=how+to+stop+acting

Patsy Rodenburg - The Second Circle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub27yeXKUTY

Patsy Rodenburg - Why I do Theatre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9jjhGq8pMM

Patsy Rodenburg on the Power of Presence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuUfOMl85QA

General resources for developing knowledge of Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Words (website), by David and Ben Crystal (paid subscription, but very affordable)

https://www.shakespeareswords.com/

 

Shakespeare's Words (book), by David and Ben Crystal

https://www.amazon.com/Shakespeares-Words-Glossary-Language-Companion/dp/0140291172/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545041197&sr=8-1&keywords=shakespeare%27s+words)

Shakespeare on Toast, by Ben Crystal

https://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Toast-Getting-Taste-Bard/dp/1785780301/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545044000&sr=8-1&keywords=shakespeare+on+toast

Thinking Shakespeare, by Barry Edelstein

https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Shakespeare-Revised-directors-interested-ebook/dp/B07D5GL8TH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545044175&sr=8-1&keywords=thinking+shakespeare+by+barry+edelstein

Playing Shakespeare (video series), John Barton, RSC (9 episodes)

This series tends to get taken down from Youtube from time to time and then reappear, so the links may become unavailable.)

Episode 1: The Two Traditions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2VnxiW3oqk

Episode 2: Using The Verse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3rMaHqH2TE

Episode 3: Language & Character https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V18sryRXik

Episode 4: Set Speeches & Soliloquies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWt54ABOdzg

Episode 5: Irony & Ambiguity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2VVD6pND1g

Episode 6: Passion & Coolness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiUe9vnibnQ

Episode 7: Rehearsing A Text https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t-HrRaqsXI

Episode 8: Exploring A Character https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRj8B1dXfk

Episode 9: Poetry & Hidden Poetry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAHJnjYqTik

Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide, by John Barton (book--basically a transcript of the video series. Good for quick reference after watching the video series.)

https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Shakespeare-Actors-Methuen-Paperback-ebook/dp/B0049P1M3G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1545585967&sr=8-1&keywords=playing+shakespeare+by+john+barton

South Bank Show Special - Word of Mouth RSC (1979)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJ9gucPmjA&t=4864s

Tomorrow, and tomorrow -- Ian McKellen analyzes Macbeth speech (1979) (Clip from the South Bank Show Special)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=zGbZCgHQ9m8

Ian McKellen "Acting Shakespeare" (McKellan's touring solo show)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rVdTsU8Qd8

John Barton "The Shakespeare Sessions" 2003 (Masterclass with American actors)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4751F6yiGQc

SOME NOTES ON ACTING SHAKESPEARE (OR HOW TO READ SHAKESPEARE LIKE AN ACTOR)

https://approachingshakespeare.wordpress.com/acting-shakespeare/

Brave Spirits Theatre’s TEXT ANALYSIS GUIDE

https://www.bravespiritstheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/BST-Text-Analysis-2019-3.pdf

Brave Spirits Theatre, other resources

https://www.bravespiritstheatre.com/resources/

American Shakespeare Center Study Guides

Designed for educators, but interesting for actors as well.

https://americanshakespearecenter.com/product_type/study-guides/

Creative Shakespeare: The Globe Education Guide to Practical Shakespeare (Arden Shakespeare)

Designed for education, but based on rehearsal techniques and exercises developed at Shakespeare's Globe in London

https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Shakespeare-Globe-Education-Practical/dp/1408156849