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Simon Dunmore
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27 Feb 1998 Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback)
Like the companion volume for men, Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Women brings together fifty speeches from plays frequently ignored such as Coriolanus, Pericles, and Love's Labours Lost. It also features good, but over-looked speeches from more popular plays such as Diana from All's Well That Ends Well, Perdita from The Winter's Tale and Hero from Much Ado About Nothing.

Each speech is accompanied by a character description, brief explanation of the context, and notes on obscure words, phrases and references--all written from the viewpoint of the auditioning actor. It is the perfect resource for your best audition ever.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (27 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878300767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878300761
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 13.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 781,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simon Dunmore is an experienced director and teacher. He is the author of An Actor's Guide to Getting Work.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book if.... 5 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have an audition for the NYT on Wednesday, and my Shakespeare speech was chosen from this book. The information about the speech is sometimes not very relevant, and I would reccomend reading the full text as well. Overall, it is a good book, although I still think that the overdone ones are the best!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD STARTING POINT 6 July 2004
Format:Paperback
I found the pieces in this book helpful and not often used at auditions. The help notes and scene summaries were good and made me to want to look for my own pieces and review the scenes for myself. The entire play needs to be read so that your interpretation and performnce of the piece is true to the play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb resource for any aspiring actor 23 April 2012
By Fran
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I had spent a few weeks borrowing Shakespeare plays from my local library in an bid to find a suitable female monologue for an acting course I'm currently doing. A friend then recommended this book. Within minutes of it arriving I was able to easily pick out a suitable monologue. It also gives advice on the age of the person for the role, which I found immensely helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very usefull! 29 Jun 2000
By Lisa Worthington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book indispencable as an actress. Many auditions call for alternative shakespearian monologues and this book has many good monologues combined with essential study notes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to offbeat Shakespeare--- NO BALCONY SCENES! 16 April 2001
By Margaret P Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is attractive, sturdy and is formatted well. That being said, the content is equally stellar. The author knows a lot about each piece, and provides the background you need to make the character come alive at an audition, or just in your mind for reading. There are footnotes to the language that are useful, and the speeches themselves are constructed nicely and are good choices for any level of Shakespeare performer. MY only complaint, which isn't that important, is that the characters are not studied with as much depth as you would like if you were reading this book for literary pleasure. But it does give this book as an actors guide a sense of poetic freedom and freedom of creativity. Also good is the next volume "MORE Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Women." Don't expect Juliet scenes or Beatrice monologues--- the "alternative" characters and speeches of Shakespeare get their 15 minutes! Recommended for anyone who has every wanted to be a Shakespeare "snob" at auditions and freshen up your Bard inventory. :O)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source for Shakespeare monologues 25 Nov 2013
By AllyJean - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing. It takes things from the classic Shakespeare plays and pieces them together in ways you probably would've never thought of. I use this book quite often.
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