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Shakespeare Monologues for Young Men (NHB Good Audition Guides) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Luke Dixon

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15 Nov 2012 Good Audition Guides
One of two new volumes in NHB's successful series of "Good Audition Guides".

As a young actor at any level-whether it be school exam, drama-school entrance or professional casting - you are likely to be called upon to perform a speech from Shakespeare. A great deal will depend on your coming up with something fresh that is suited both to your particular performing skills and to the purposes of the audition. Which is where this volume of The Good Audition Guides comes in.

Drawing on his extensive experience as a theatre director and in drama training - including teaching numerous courses in auditioning with Shakespeare's speeches - Luke Dixon has chosen forty monologues for young male actors from across the whole of Shakespeare's canon.

Each monologue comes with a neat summary of the vital information (the who, where and when of the speech), plus descriptions of what is happening, what to think about when preparing it, and a glossary. There is also a user-friendly introduction to selecting your speech, tackling Shakespeare's language and approaching the audition itself.

The monologues are presented in the order in which they appear in Shakespeare's First Folio (Comedies, Histories, Tragedies), but are also broken down into useful categories, should you be looking for a high- or low-status role, a comic character, one in love, and so on.

NHB's best selling Good Audition Guides are the essential aid for anyone preparing a speech for that vital audition for a production or for drama school.

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Luke's work as a theatre director has embraced Love and the Revolution with the Berliner Ensemble, The Golem with Theater Brostowska in Prague and Bratislava, Age of the Saints in Dublin, the British tour of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, UK productions of Jonson's Bartholomew Fair and the musicals Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver, and in London the devised site specific pieces Singing the Body Electric (Serpentine Gallery) and It's a Wonderful Life (Marylebone Station). He has also worked widely in the world of contemporary burlesque.
Recent work has included Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens' Blue Wedding in Oxford, and A Midsummer Night's Dream in South Africa and Triumphant Desire in London and Colchester.
His productions for theatre nomad, of which he was Artistic Director for 20 years, included Macbeth, Miss Julie, Duke Bluebeard's Castle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Survivors, As You Like It, At Break of Day, Pericles and Triumphant Desire. These productions have been seen in China, North America, South Africa, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Czech and Slovak Republics, Spain and the UK.
Luke is internationally known for his innovative theatre workshops. He has run workshops on Shakespeare in the townships of South Africa, on trance performance in England, on the acting of gender in North America and on text and theatre skills in schools and colleges around the world.

In the summer months Luke escapes from the theatre and keeps bees in places as diverse as Kensington Palace, London's Natural History Museum, the London School of Economics and the London College of Fashion.

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Sound practical advice for anyone attending an audition... a source of inspiration for teachers and students alike. --Teaching Drama Magazine on The Good Audition Guides

About the Author

LUKE DIXON has edited two previous titles in NHB's Good Audition Guides, "Shakespeare Monologues for Men" and "Shakespeare Monologues for Women." As a director, teacher and academic, he is internationally known for his largely site-specific Shakespeare productions, often with his own company, Theatre Nomad. As a teacher he has run workshops and training programmes in Asia, Africa, America and throughout Europe and the UK. He lives in Central London.

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