The Art of Corpse Acting
If you’ve never played a dead body onstage then I’m afraid I’m not sure you’ve earned your am-dram stripes yet! I played one (of course) some years ago in Tom Stoppard’s one-act play, The Real Inspector Hound but there are countless other examples right across the whole theatrical spectrum, such as in Hamlet, King Lear, many Agatha Christie whodunits etc. Plus, of course, I’m not referring to the verb of ‘corpsing’ which involves getting the onstage giggles (that would be another article altogether – and you only need look up ‘Ricky Gervais corpsing’ on YouTube for a myriad of examples).
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