Kelly Hunter, who gave a fantastic talk at Shakespeare and Scandinavia, has released an interesting new book Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors + Video, published by Bloomsbury. See more information from the publisher. See below for information on Kelly Hunter’s varied career. Here is a description of the book:
Cracking Shakespeare serves to demystify the process of speaking Shakespeare’s language, offering hands-on techniques for drama students, young actors and directors who are intimidated by rehearsing, performing and directing Shakespeare’s plays.
For some artists approaching Shakespeare, the ability to capture the dynamic movement of thought from mind to mouth, and the paradox of using the formality of verse to express a realistic form of speech, can seem daunting. Cracking Shakespeare includes practical techniques and exercises to solve this dilemma – including supporting online video which demonstrate how to embody Shakespeare’s characters in rehearsal and performance – offering a toolkit that will free actors and directors from their fear of Shakespeare.
The result of thirty years of acting, teaching and directing Shakespeare, Kelly Hunter’s Cracking Shakespeare is the ideal textbook for actors and directors looking for new ways to approach Shakespeare’s plays in a hands-on, down-to-earth style.
Kelly Hunter is an actress on stage, film, TV and radio, having been directed by Peter Hall and Trevor Nunn and acted in several RSC, National Theatre and BBC productions. She has been nominated for an Olivier award (1993, Best Actress in a Musical, Lola in Trevor Nunn’s The Blue Angel) and received the 1996 TMA Best Actress Award, for playing Rosalind in As You Like It, directed by Stephen Unwin as well as a 1997 Sony Gold Best Actress Award, for Transit of Venus, directed by Alison Hindle for BBC Wales Radio 3. More recently, she has focused on directing with several productions of Shakespeare in the US and UK, and most recently directing her own adaptation of Hamlet (Hamlet, Who’s There?) in the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival 2015. She is the Artistic Director of the Flute Theatre and has created and taught a distinctive methodology, The Hunter Heartbeat Method, which uses Shakespeare to release the communicative blocks within children with Autism – which is being researched in Ohio State University. She has also recently authored two books, Shakespeare’s Heartbeat (2014) and Cracking Shakespeare (2015). Please visit her homepage for more information.