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Acting Shakespeare workshop in London UK 7 years 7 months ago #4964

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Struggling with Shakespeare?

Shakespearean verse presents many problems for actors both in comprehension and performance, but by the application of a few simple techniques, you can make the verse work for you.

Introducing the Shakespeare two day intensive workshop a unique way of rediscovering Shakespeare. By referring to The First Folio for a return to the original texts and avoiding the literary and intellectual baggage that has accumulated over the centuries, the workshop will combine the theatrical techniques of Jacques Lecoq with a practical approach to interpretation.

The techniques you will acquire during the workshop include:

Textual and verse analysis with a relation to performance;
Corporal control and expression;

By studying and practicing these techniques, applying them to scenes and monologues individually and in small groups you can get a better grasp of Shakespeare's language.

You will be directed and guided through the process, learning how to use the verse to develop characterisation and at the end of the workshop you will be left with a unique understanding of Shakespeare's verse and how to make it work for you as an actor, a studied and developed monologue, which could be used as an audition piece and a knowledge of some of Lecoq's techniques, particularly in regard to how movement and text are one.

The workshop will be taken by Colin David Reese, an actor and director for over 40 years, working in the UK, Canada and France. Over the course of his career he has worked with such names as Sir John Gielgud, Alan Bennet, Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Sophie Marceau, Lauren Bacall and Harold Pinter. He trained at the Webber Douglas Academy, followed by two years with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has attended many workshops on Shakespeare including “Is Shakespeare Still our Contemporary?” with Jan Kott and “Original Shakespeare” with Patrick Tucker.

The workshop will take place on the 17th and 18th April at The Drill Hall, Holborn, from 10am-5pm on the 17th and 11am-3pm on the 18th.

The cost will be £120 for the two days, this includes a filmed copy of your final performance for your records.

To apply for the workshop please email Lucy on

Warm Regards, Lucy
Assistant to Miles Anthony
Mob:07538 389961/07505-787122

Marlowes, P.O Box 64576
London, SW17 1BP
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