This is Shakespeare as you have never done it before. We combine a raft of specific skills for decoding Shakespeare’s directions embedded in the First Folio text with a performance workshop. You get the skills, your lines, your cues, you learn them, have two hours of one-to-one verse nursing from the specialist teachers, you come up with your own costume, 3 weeks later you arrive and perform. You have your scene partner, you know what you have to do and say – but how will they affect you? What will they say? This is acting in the very heart of the moment – and it is truly amazing to do!
Enroll on this 2-part course for the acting challenge of your life! Working with specialist Shakespeare text and acting tutor Lizzie Conrad Hughes, and experienced text & voice teacher Dewi Hughes, you will learn fool proof skills for appreciating Shakespeare’s texts from a new perspective, and use everything you know about truthful connection, and being affected by your partner in the moment to achieve a performance.
Who would take this course?• Actors who have some experience with Shakespeare, but feel there may be something more to discover• Actors who want to hone the skills they already have and take their acting to the next level• Actors wanting to challenge themselves and push their performing boundaries into new territory
What do you get?• A comprehensive system for approaching and performing Shakespeare’s text• Personal attention and feedback from two specialist tutors• A performance workshop with like-minded, dedicated performers• Potentially, the opportunity to continue the work and join the company in performing whole plays using this- The opportunity to perforn at a unique theatrical venue, & make a tiny piece of theatre history
What are the benefits?• You will be equipped with a fool proof approach to Shakespeare's text, which you can apply to any classic text• You will learn how to engage emotionally and intellectually with the text• You will build confidence and gain valuable tools & experience
Cost Workshop class and Performance £230:cost includes:- 2 hours one-to-one verse nursing as arranged between participant & tutors **Options for Shakespeare:Direct Graduates: Performance & Verse Nursing (Graduates only) £100:cost includes:- 2 hours one-to-one verse nursing as arranged between participant & tutors
What former participants say:
Megan Hockley"The big takeaway for me is that devotion to the text is key! Instead of approaching it from the point of "I'm this character, and here are the words I'm going to say", letting the character rise out of the text. Letting the text be the guide in everything. It's made me really think about the way my favourite actors don't just create wonderful characters, they also manipulate language in a way that makes the words themselves the star. I love words, so this both excites me and makes me wonder why I haven't had this epiphany sooner!" S:D 1 & 2, 2014
Linda Reedy"Shakespeare’s way empowers us as players and allows us to take the reins and do what we have been called to do and to do it with the audience in mind to make them cry or laugh, to feel the pain and the disgust of daily lives, to relieve sorrows and share joys, to help decisions to be made. I wish to be the kind of actress that Shakespeare would be proud of.This has been an acting experience like no other, much like the first rollercoaster ride which makes you scream yet you wish to ride again. If ever there was a training style to bring forth strong, committed, courageous and fearless actors. THIS IS IT!For me, it was about experiencing the truth of how important STRONG acting choices are, how to ALWAYS have the audience in mind when learning lines, by making sure characters are strong and how by doing that, helping the language to LIVE LARGE, so that both visually and aurally, the audience are carried along in the journey’s of Shakespeare’s world. It is so important in this way of working to remember the conflicts, needs and wants, as well as my lines." S:D 1, 2 & 3, 2014
IMPORTANT - Please Note: All participants will be treated as professional actors. As such, professional behaviour and respect is expected at all times. Participants are required to be off-book by the deadline set by the director. Failure to do so may result in student being removed from the course and not permitted to take part in the final performance workshop without refund of the course fee.
Tutor: Lizzie Conrad-Hughes