Acting Shakespeare

An eight-week course exploring the work of Shakespeare: language, character, staging, dialogue… and much more.

The Course

This course will explore Shakespeare’s work from many different angles with a view to enjoying the enormous power and range of his work and the opportunities it offers to performers.

Shakespeare’s work is full of memorable scenes, great characters and has challenged performers and directors for several hundred years.

There are plenty of challenges involved, but also huge rewards. It’s great stuff, but can seem intimidating: there have been rather narrow and restrictive ideas about how it should be done. The language, though amazing, can be difficult and hard to make sense of; sometimes it’s not well taught at school and people are put off. We will work hard to dispel all these preconceptions!

in situ: has done a lot of Shakespeare over the past 16 years in different environments. We began with The Macbeth Project – a terrifying production of Macbeth taking place in a private house and since then have done productions of King Lear in an iron-age fort and The Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night in a medieval church. Most recently, we have done a spine-tingling production of Hamlet with influences as divergent as Japanese Butoh dance and 20th Century spy fiction.

We will be looking at dialogues from several different plays, covering comedy and tragedy.

We will also be working with solo texts chosen by the participants.

The work will involve all sorts of different approaches and will include work on movement, voice and character.

We will be stressing the importance of taking artistic risks, having fun, keeping an open mind and having an adventurous and collaborative attitude.

Above all we would want to stress that Shakespeare can be explored and acted by everybody, regardless of background or previous experience. We think anybody who engages with the work can perform effectively and can get a great deal of pleasure out of doing so. And we think we can prove it.

Hope you can join us for this enjoyable and stimulating course.

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