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Richard III. Write a letter to an actor who has been selected to play the part of Richard explaining to him what you would expect of him in terms of: His interaction with other characters. His interpretation and delivery of language

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Richard III You are a director. Write a letter to an actor who has been selected to play the part of Richard explaining to him what you would expect of him in terms of: * His interaction with other characters. * His interpretation and delivery of language within the play. * His physical representation of Richard These issues will be highlighted from the key scenes which are Act 1 Scene I (Introductory scene) Act 5 Scene III (eve of battle scene) These will be accompanied by points from other scenes, namely Act 3 Scene VII and Act 4 Scenes II & III No. 10 Road Lane Placeville Countyshire AB12 3CD Dear Mr Akter, I am writing to congratulate you upon being chosen to play the part of Richard in our forthcoming production of Richard III. This letter is a guide for you for how I would like the part of Richard to be acted. This shall be primarily based upon two key scenes in the play, which are Act 1 Scene I (opening scene) and Act 5 Scene VII (eve of battle scene). This guide covers 3 main aspects of playing the part of Richard. These are: Your interaction with other characters, your interpretation and delivery of speech within the play and your physical representation of Richard. ...read more.


This is the eve of battle scene where both Richard and, his enemy, Richmond are preparing themselves and their army for battle. The scene starts with a quote from Richard saying 'Why, out battalia trebles that account; besides the Kings name is a Tower of strength'. I for one believe that this act of confidence is one where the speaker, in this case Richard' has very little faith in his comment so I would appreciate you saying this line with a distinct lack of conviction in your own remark. It seems to me also that with this comment he is not only trying to convince those listening of his army's strength, but he is also convincing himself. His apparent lack of confidence is than compounded by the appearance of the ghosts. There are many quotes from the ghosts to Richard. A typical example of this would be 'And fall thy edgeless sword; despair and die!' which was said by the ghost of Clarence. These quotes must appear to affect you now as perhaps they wouldn't have done in the earlier scenes. These effects include paranoia and further dents to your confidence which can be acted by adjusting your posture and body language. Then when he awakes from this dream he is convinced he has awaken from battle. ...read more.


The specific occasions for these actions will be specified at a later date. This is because if you were to be in the other actors face when in conversation it would appear that you are grovelling and therefore influencing the other characters, which would fit in with Richards scheming nature. Then when you converse to others from a distance it would be symbolic of your separation from others and the many differences that you have with other people. Lastly, I feel that humorous touches i.e. winks and nods to the audience, will have a positive effect upon the performance. This is because despite the atrocities Richard commits, I feel it necessary for Richard to receive a sympathy and respect from the audience partly due to his irregularities and for his determination. Humorous instances will enable this to be possible and this will provide entertainment outside of the script. To conclude, it is imperative that Richards's confidence and outrageousness of the earlier Acts is shown to the same excess as his neurotic behaviour and paranoia of the last scenes. His character interaction must change as well and this is due to a change in the tonal delivery of your lines. Simply, I appreciate how hard Shakespearian plays are to understand from and audience perspective and it is your job to make it simpler for them as well as keeping it entertaining. ...read more.

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