1st Edition

Unearthing Shakespeare Embodied Performance and the Globe

By Valerie Clayman Pye Copyright 2017
    238 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What can the Globe Theatre tell us about performing Shakespeare?

    Unearthing Shakespeare is the first book to consider what the Globe, today’s replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, can contribute to a practical understanding of Shakespeare’s plays. Valerie Clayman Pye reconsiders the material evidence of Early Modern theatre-making, presenting clear, accessible discussions of historical theatre practice; stages and staging; and the relationship between actor and audience. She relays this into a series of training exercises for actors at all levels.

    From "Shakesball" and "Telescoping" to Elliptical Energy Training and The Radiating Box, this is a rich set of resources for anyone looking to tackle Shakespeare with authenticity and confidence.

    • Preface
    • Chapter One: Shakespeare’s Theatrical Culture
    • Chapter Two: Examining the Globe
    • Chapter Three: Understanding the Text
    • Chapter Four: Creating Character
    • Part Two: Actuating Practice
    • Chapter Five: Activating the Body
    • Chapter Six: Awakening the Listener
    • Chapter Seven: Energizing the Language
    • Chapter Eight: Expanding the Fiction
    • Chapter Nine: Developing and Playing the Shakespeare Score
    • Chapter Ten: Rehearsing the Part
    • Afterword
    • Appendix A: Exercises for the Classroom
    • Appendix B: Exercises for Rehearsal
    • Appendix C: Exercises for Solo Practice


    Valerie Clayman Pye is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Arts Management in the School of Performing Arts at LIU Post, USA.