Kaitlyn (cognosco) wrote in thequestionclub,

masculine body language and boots

TQC, I require your services.

I'm currently in a "Shakespeare Through Performance" course in which we are preparing Henry IV Part 1 to perform at the end of the semester, and I was given the part of Hotspur. I have been really enjoying doing the first bit of acting I've attempted in about seven years, but I am running into some issues. For those not familiar with the play, Hotspur is a quick-to-anger, honor-obsessed warrior sort, who leads an unsuccessful rebellion against the king. He's pretty damn awesome. However, I'm trying not to let my feminine body language and manner of speaking get in the way of the character, who seems to be hypermasculine and full of energy. I've been trying to do a bit of research on how to deal with this, but most of the time I've been coming up with either drag king websites or articles about the effectiveness of females playing males in Shakespeare (which is super interesting, but not exactly what I need). Maybe I've been looking in the wrong places.

So, my question is: are there any good resources you know of that address the issue of actresses assuming masculine body language/speaking patterns for roles? Websites are great, and I have access to my university's library, so feel free to recommend books or articles that would be available that way too. Anything that you think would be helpful is welcomed. :)

tl;dr : I need to learn masculine body language for role in a play. Help? (ps: here is a clip of the character I'm playing, starting at 2:20; he's the bald and awesome one)

Another thing! I am buying boots! Ideally, they'd be useful for everyday wear as well as suitable for wearing as part of the costume for the above-mentioned play, and I'm looking at these three:

Poll #1537096 Which pairs of boots is the most awesome?


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