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How didst thou sway the theatre Make us feelThe players wounds were true and their swords steelNay stranger yet how often did I knowWhen the spectators ran to save the blowFrozen with grief we could not stir awayUntil the epilogue told us twas a play From the point of view of an actor playing the part of Bolingbroke or Richard is a daunting task There are a number of ways in which an actor prepares to assume a characters role but many of these methods are wanting in certain areas Despite the fact that both characters are rich in the literary sense for the purposes of this essay the difficulties facing an actor preparing to play a part can be best served by addressing the needs specific to the role of Richard The major issue which is more pronounced in Richard is the necessity of trying to portray certain things directly to the audience while allowing other factors to filter through subtly as the performance continues This factor is one that should be applauded when one takes into account the manner in which audiences are treated in the modern theatre Thankfully Richard II assumes there is an intelligent audience almost participating in the play but this can lead to even more problems for the actor Because of its intellectually stimulating content the actor must be aware of the fact that the character is being observed even more closely A believable character must be portrayed or the dramatic impact of the play as a whole will be lostThe technical aspects of a part in a play are normally common throughout every performance The learning of lines may be easily attained but the style in which they are delivered depends on a number of factors Firstly and foremost the character will have the main influence on the manner in which the lines are spoken However this can vary greatly when one considers the huge variations that can
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