Shakespeare can be a bit daunting for some people. Unless you have a lot of experience in reading his works you can often be uncomfortable with sight reading the text and can feel embarrassed about not fully understanding what’s going on. This session focuses on techniques used by the Royal Shakespeare Company to break down text and find the meaning. Everything you need to know about your characters’ thought process, education, who they are talking to and any internal conflicts is written on the page in front of you…you just need to be shown how to find it. This is a very practical lesson, no sitting down and reading in your head. The only way to improve is get up and work as a team. By the end of the session I would expect each participant to be able to get up and deliver a Shakespeare speech to the group with full confidence.
As with the combat class this is a stand alone session but we would also like to invite the participants back to join us for our performance afternoon on the 21st August at 2pm. This is entirely voluntary but we would love to see a few Shakespeare monologues being performed.
Leah Moorhouse was born and bred in Biggar and performed with the Biggar Theatre Workshop from a very young age. Since then she went on to train in Acting and Performance in Glasgow. Subsequently, she has been working as a lecturer in Acting and Performance for the last 14 years as well as a freelance actor, director and voiceover artist. Once again, she is back in Biggar to run a series of performance, skill-building sessions. Whether you are an old-hand on the stage or someone new to treading the boards these sessions are open to all. So if fancy trying something new, sign up before the 31st of July.