How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath to say to me that thou art out of breath?

“Breathing correctly is the key to playing Shakespeare’s verse”- Giles Block, Speaking the Speech

 

Giles Block was the “master of words” at the Globe Theatre. His book, Speaking the Speech, is in my opinion, an absolute must-read for anybody interested in performing Shakespeare. I share his quote with you for a couple reasons.

 

First, I think it’s 100% accurate. The key to Shakespeare is your breath.

 

Secondly, breathing is something we often take for granted while rehearsing and performing not realizing the effect it can have on our performance. But if you approach breathing the way a singer does, as the foundation and anchor of every thought, it will provide you with so much more. A simple little thing like breathing effectively allows you to create emotional phrasing, color, and tone that adds that extra layer to a performance that is so much more compelling to the audience and more