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Iambic pentameter: rehearsal + performance

Iambic pentameter in rehearsal and performance (Click here for parts one and two) So you know what an iam is and you have begun to look at how to “scan” for where the stressed syllables might be.  How MIGHT this START to TRANSlate TO performance…? Try saying the lines out loud with iambic. Here’s my initial scan: But SOFT what …

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Acting iambic pentameter and performance

Acting iambic pentameter and performance:  What should an actor do with iambic pentameter? Ok, we could do a year long course on this topic, but let’s give you a place to start and get inspired. (If you don’t know what iambic pentameter is, click here.)  Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers of all time and he layered in many …

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What is iambic pentameter?

What is iambic pentameter and do actors need it? If you have ever acted in a Shakespeare play or taken an English class, you may have heard about iambic pentameter, but if your introduction to iambic pentameter was anything like mine, you may be more inclined to study the bubonic plague.  Lucky for me, I eventually discovered that iambic pentameter …

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