The Actors Centre

Exploring Shakespeare Through Physical Characterisation Techniques

WHAT IS IT? Physical Characterisation Techniques (PCT) provide a useful and fun set of tools for exploring text, characters and situations. In this workshop we will see how these techniques can help when working on Shakespeare. HOW WILL IT WORK? During the workshop we will explore physical qualities such as tension levels, elements and archetypes. We will then apply the work using texts from Shakespeare. Please bring a short Shakespearean monologue you would like to work with. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a variety of techniques for independent work for auditions and performance. The techniques will help you to overcome fears or blocks while working on Shakespeare’s texts as well as help you to perform them in a more fluent and physical way. Previous participant feedback: 'It was a fantastic way to approach the text - really enjoyable' Price: £30.


Ariella Eshed

Ariella Eshed is a director and a teacher. She has taught Physical Characterisation Techniques for many years both in the UK and internationally. She is also the artistic director of Tik-sho-ret Theatre Company ( Ariella’s directing credits include Under the skin (Old Red Lion, Camden fringe, WAW festival), 5 Kilo Sugar (Edinburgh Festival, Tristan Bates Theatre, Brighton Festival), New Writing from Israel (TBT), Married to the Game (Theatre 503), Yerma (Corbett Theatre), The Bald Prima Donna (New Players Theatre), The Mythical Melting Pot (King’s Head), A Public Kind of Privacy (Brighton Festival, White Bear), Ya’akobi and Leidental (Oval House, New End, Soho Theatre), Crocodile Seeking Refuge (Lyric Hammersmith). Previous feedback from her workshops: ‘Gives an employable fun set of tools to work with to discover and develop characters.’


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