• FIGHT THE FEAR
Chatting about why Shakespeare doesn’t need to be scary. Really letting go of fear, pre-conceptions, getting into a mindset of relaxedness and willingness to have some fun.
• WHY SHAKESPEARE
We draw parallels between Shakespeare’s plays and contemporary works. How does Shakespeare inform today’s modern musicals? What can his plays teach us about acting, letting go, emotion and accessing the truth of the stories we tell?
• VERSE SPEAKING
1) Introduction to iambic pentameter – working out the beats
2) Making the verse your friend – what to emphasise, and what to let go
3) Fresh minting – how do we make the verse sound fresh and spontaneous
• THREE CLUES
Shakespeare is full of clues about character and emotion. And it’s all written into the verse. There are dozens of them. But we’ll start with the top three.
Syllables – Mono? Poly? Yes, it matters!
Alliteration and assonance – Huge in Shakespeare. HUGE!
Antithesis – working with opposites will unlock a feast of pleasures. And not only in Shakespeare.