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Shakespeare: Performance and Practice Summer School

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Shakespeare: Performance and Practice Short Summer Programme

To register your interest for the programme, please send an email containing your name and contact details to . You will receive further information in due course.

About the Short Summer Programme

This unique six week programme offers conservatoire-style theatre training combined with academic content delivered by experts in Shakespearean theatre and performance. It offers you the chance to develop a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s plays through a parallel approach of performance practice and academic study. 

You will form a company of actors to explore a Shakespeare play, culminating in a final performance. Alongside your rehearsals with expert Directors, you will attend skills-based workshops in movement and voice, designed to equip you in your practical approach to the plays. International Shakespeare experts will deliver masterclasses and seminars on specialist skills (such as Elizabethan and Jacobean dance or stage combat) and the history and context of Shakespeare’s London. 

During the programme, you are invited to create a reflective journal to chart your personal experience of the programme and the ways in which you have developed a methodology for understanding Shakespeare through performance combined with study of the text. This journal is intended to help you explore and develop your performance and scholarly practice, complementing the rest of the programme. 

All classes will take place at Queen Mary University of London, giving you the opportunity to experience London’s vibrant theatre scene and to explore the city in which Shakespeare lived and worked. 

By the end of the programme you will have developed a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as building a tool kit of practical skills in performance and scholarship that will enrich your future work on stage and beyond. 

Please note that, as the Summer School approaches, some of the course content may be subject to change. 

Programme Dates 

The programme will run during the Summer 2017 – exact dates forthcoming

Who Should Apply 

The short summer programme is aimed at actors, aspiring actors, and students of Shakespeare who wish to combine performance training with professional rehearsals and masterclasses on the context and the source material of the plays. You must be over 18 years of age to apply. 

How to Apply 

Applications have not yet opened for 2017. Please check for further information on how and when to apply.

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