Summer Course: Freeing Shakespeare's Voice - 2017/18 Entry

Course Overview

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5 days
£350 plus booking fee (discount available for those attending 'The Natural Voice')
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
City Centre

This course runs on the following dates:

Sorry, no dates are available for this course at this time.

Following the course in the Natural Voice, our 5-day, Comedy in Shakespeare training course at Birmingham Conservatoire focuses on the application of the Linklater Voice Approach to Shakespeare's Text. The course is designed to give each participant a grounding and multiple opportunities to speak and explore the comic language. We will explore Shakespeare's language through the forms of comedy: repetition, rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, word invention and their physical manifestations. The work will be very practical:  does this make us laugh, why or why not?  And what does that tell us?  Each participant will prepare a monologue from Shakespeare and be assigned  a scene to work on during the workshop.

Especially suitable for actors, teachers, and advanced students, this course is designed for anyone with a detailed interest in Shakespearean performance and offers the opportunity to experiment with approaches to Shakespeare on the stage, at a drama school only 30 minutes from Stratford-Upon-Avon.

This course is run by Cecil Mackinnon and follows our course The Natural Voice, which runs for four days in the week immediately prior to Freeing Shakespeare's Voice. There is a discount on Freeing Shakespeare's Voice for anyone who books on to this course. Please see The Natural Voice for more details.

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Application Details

Please book via the application form below. We will need you to supply your CV and covering letter at a later stage in the application.

If you are applying to attend both this course and The Natural Voice please note this on your email to us so that we are able to apply your reduced rate for The Natural Voice.

Payment can be made online via Eventbrite once you've been offered a place on the course.

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