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David Garrick 1716-1779 David Garricks contemporaries felt it would be vanity to describe his acting Stone and Kahrl 27 Vanity has never stopped Shane Davis from doing anything David Garrick was considered to be the most influential and skilled actor of his time Garrick is credited with revolutionizing the portrayal of character His concept of experiencing the feelings of the character is a concept that helped lead 18th-century theatre into a new naturalistic era It was an approach to acting that was directly at odds with the theatrical philosophy prior to Garricks inception Stone and Kahrl 35 Garricks innovative style known as naturalism led the extremely popular and successful actor James Quin to remark If this method of Garricks is right then we are all wrong Cole and Chinoly 131 The style that was so admired and later copied by Garricks peers was a combination of naturalism classical representation of the passions and exaggerated physicality Garrick was not the originator of naturalism that distinction is Charles Mackilins although he is credited with its success Pure naturalism can be characterized by Macklins instruction of his players to ignore the cadence of tragedy but simply speak the passage as you would in common life and with more emotional force Cole and Chinoly 121 The term used to describe this new style of speech is called broken tones of utterance It is a method of speech which concentrates more on the emotion in a verse rather than its meter David Garrick was a opportunistic actor who borrowed from many different acting techniques Stone and Kahrl 345 Garricks naturalism was concerned more with the feeling of true emotion the uniqueness of character combined with the physical representation of the passions Representation of the passions was an accepted artistic convention for expressing emotion Le Brun a late 17th-century century artist wrote a grammar of the passions from Descartes earlier
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