A Question of Shakespeare
Dates: 3 April to 7 April 2017
Duration: 5 days
Hours of work: 10am to 6pm
Please note: this course is now FULL for spring 2017
A five-day course offering an in-depth, performance-based exploration of Shakespearean acting.
The course is designed for students keen to improve their Shakespearean knowledge and technique; for professional actors who wish to brush up their Shakespeare in an intensive environment; and for the interested layperson who wishes to learn more about performing Shakespeare.
It will focus on identifying the right questions to ask as an actor or director when faced with a Shakespeare script: through textual work rooted in an understanding of the working practices of Shakespeare's own theatre, and the demands that theatre placed on him as a writer and on his actors.
Over the five days this course will cover scene work, monologue presentation, textual analysis and character discussion. It will also include sessions with RADA specialist teachers in voice and movement, to facilitate a fuller understanding of how these skills impact on performance.
The course is limited to 10 participants in order to maximise the personal development of the individual.
Please remember that this is a strenuous course, and that, while any specific needs will be taken fully into account, participants must be reasonably fit. There is no upper age limit, however applications are advised that the course is physically demanding. Fluent confident knowledge of the English language is essential.
Applicants are not asked to audition, but each applicant needs to give some information concerning their experience (or otherwise) of acting: and then write a short note saying what they want from the course. Applications by students between the ages of 16 and 18 may need additional references and will be given special consideration by the Course Director.