swordplay on Shakespeare's stage

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History

 

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Mary W

 

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April 15, 2015

 

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University

 

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C

 

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Soon the exhibition is over and the two characters are fighting for their lives, culminating in both their deaths. In reality, the actors playing the roles cannot kill each other; they have four more performances at the Globe Theatre left before the run of the show ends. So they must set a choreographed sequence that can be safely repeated each night when the time comes to perform the scene...
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This scene is an example of stage violence or stage combat. Any sequence of events in a play that causes physical harm and/or death to a character must be presented in a way that is safe to the actor and visually believable to the audience. The Globe’s audience craved violence and its playwrights fulfilled the need by adding many scenes that were exceedingly "action packed"...
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