In voice class today Theresa worked with me on some of Banquo's text, more or less in the same way that we work on musical text. And this is my discovery for the day: Shakespearean text doesn't FULLY reveal itself--either its music or its meaning--until an actor has the technical proficiency to let it. When I support my voice from my diaphram, let go my jaw, and aim for the vowels, the text suddenly wriggles free of my own lesser, intellectual analysis of it, and surprises me. When that happens, I don't have to work hard. The text speaks itself.
In rehearsal for MacB a couple of days ago, an actor said he never does vocal warm ups, because he talks all day anyway, so that's enough. This same actor is utterly pedantic about intellectually constructing the verse the 'correct' way. Of course, his dramaturgy shows in his performance. I have difficulty listening to him, as no matter how correct he is in the meter, his gargled delivery repels my ear.
More voice training, people. More voice training.