Page extent: 320
ISBN: 9781840025927
Binding: HardBack

Performance Style and Gesture in Western Theatre

Nicholas Dromgoole

HardBack (06 Jun 2007)
£29.99

Until the beginning of the 20th Century, when naturalism began to assert its powerful influence on western theatre, acting was a very different business indeed. Rather than attempting to reproduce realistic behaviour, actors conveyed their characters' feelings and intentions by using a vocabulary of minutely prescribed and highly stylised movements and gestures, each with it's own meaning and significance.

In this wide-ranging, illustrated survey, Nicholas Dromgoole traces the origins and evolution of this lost 'language of gesture' from ancient Greece to the contemporary stage, and asks what it would actually have been like to watch the great plays - and the great actors - of western theatre in their own day.

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ISBN13 9781840025927
Binding HardBack
Page Extent 320