Shakespeare’s Language: Where ‘Shape is Half the Meaning’

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About this course

Duration

Four days

Term Start

Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 July 2018

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+. Candidates will actively enjoy all aspects of practical drama work, be motivated, and enthusiastically embrace intensive work and rehearsal.

This Workshop is for actors, directors and teachers who have a passion for language and an appetite to bring Shakespeare to life for now! The Workshop will take different extracts from the plays and spend time practically sounding them out. 


Why choose this course?

  • Professional-level studios and spaces on a leafy green campus
  • Study with acclaimed international Master Teachers
  • Intensive study of cutting edge techniques
  • Take your own practice to the next level

Fee and Application Information

Accreditation

This course is delivered over four days of intensive full-time training (20+ hours) at our Sidcup campus. 
 

How to Apply

Email summer@bruford.ac.uk for more information or to book your place. 

‚ÄčCourse Fees   

Deposit
£100

Early Bird  
£440 (if paid in full before 31 March 2018)

Full Fee

£500 (paid in full before 1 June 2018)

Accommodation (if required)
£300 (One week booking) 

Discounts are available to Rose Bruford College alumni – contact us for further information


Course content

When the poet Louis MacNeice described poetry in this way, he was opening up how structure is part of understanding and communicating. 

This Workshop is for actors, directors and teachers who have a passion for language and an appetite to bring Shakespeare to life for now! The Workshop will take different extracts from the plays and spend time practically sounding them out. 

This is not a Masterclass, but a group experience, where everyone is taking part throughout. By exploring the physicality of the language and opening up the different 'forms', we will discover how this reveals complexity of human nature contained within the writing. 

Each day will involve preparation voice work, so that the participant is ready to respond to the demands of the text and reach effortlessly an audience.

Course Director

Andrew Wade was Head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003. He joined the Company in 1987 as Assistant Voice Director to Cicely Berry. When he took over the Department, his responsibilities involved overseeing all the voice work for the RSC, Swan and TOP and for all touring, residencies and, until the Company left the Barbican in 2001, the work in London as well. He co-directed and devised with Cicely Berry ‘Journeys’, ‘Words, Words, Words’, ‘More Words’ and  ‘Lifespan’ - a poetry and prose collection later developed into a theatrical program which was commissioned by the BBC World Service and won a Bronze Medal at the International Radio Festival in New York in 2000.

Andrew has a particular interest in exploring language in a practical way, which he fulfills by working with youngsters, students, teachers and academics. 

Since leaving the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003 he has continued to work all over the world in a freelance capacity, lecturing, voice coaching and leading Master Classes. He has particular links with the Stella Adler Studio in NYC, Delaware University, the National Theater School in Montreal and with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where he has voice coached ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, ‘Comedy of Errors’, ‘Othello’, ‘As You Like It’, ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Merchant of Venice’. Since 2003 he has worked on the Guthrie Experience each summer and regularly contributes to the BFA Guthrie Theater/Minnesota University course.

From 1993 to 1997 he was External Examiner for the Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies and MA in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2002 he was made a Fellow of the Rose Bruford College.

Andrew was Verse Consultant on the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’. He also coached Courtney Love for the role of Lady Macbeth.

Andrew trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama from 1973 to 1976. He has worked in many different drama schools including Mountview Theatre School, the Rose Bruford College, the Arts Educational School, and he was Head of Voice at East 15.


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