In this video I explain what functional shift is, how we use it in everyday language, and give an example from Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra, so you can recognize functional shift going forward.


 

 

Often we rely on stage directions when reading Shakespeare. This video discusses the famous stage direction [Enter Juliet above], from the "balcony scene" in Romeo and Juliet, and why it's in the wrong place in most editions. 


 

 

It's very easy to "do bad Shakespeare" as an actor. Understanding your lines make all the difference when performing a Shakespearean monologue.