SPEECH, VOICE, BREATH AND SHAKESPEARE
These classes will improve a insecure or less confident classical actor in three ways:
1) Firstly they will form and solidify your core vocal skills. At the beginning of each session new exercises will be taught which, with practise, will embed fundamental skills to improve your speech, breath and voice.
The best way to put these techniques is to practise them using the language of Shakespeare as it presents the hardest vocal challenge. Although this will throw you in at the deep end it will underpin your early development as an actor.
2) Secondly, an understanding, and skilled delivery of the verse in Shakespeare is imperative if you wish to master his work. This familiarity with the language will inform the decisions you make as an actor regarding your characters thought process and behaviour.
3) Thirdly, once a certain level of vocal ability is established we proceed to integrate movement with the words which brings in motivation, character choices and stagecraft. Working within small groups will free you up as an actor and allow you to be creative and take risks with your expression of Shakespeare.
These classes will give you the technique and insight into how to approach the verse, and give you detailed help with making the delivery of the language as fluid and coherent as it needs to be.
Week One: Introduction to the course and overview of Shakespearean verse
Week Two: Introduction to blank verse
Week Three: Making choices between verse and naturalism
Week Four: Detailed work on blank verse monologues
Week Five: Detailed work on blank verse duologues
Week Six: Looking at verse and intention in larger scenes
Week Seven: Working on monologues within Hamlet
Week Eight: Working on group scenes within Hamlet
Week Nine: Final Performances and feedback
Week Ten: Final Performances and feedback