The Actors Centre

Fundamentals - The Shakespeare Toolkit

WHAT IS IT? A thorough introduction to Shakespearean verse and how to find the clues within the text to perform it. HOW WILL IT WORK? Giles Taylor will show you the rudiments of verse, and teach you how to use the rhythms, imagery and rhetoric in the text in order to find the fullest, clearest and most dynamic way to convey sense and character. Learning how to recognise all the possibilities in verse will inspire you to make informed choices and take absolute ownership of the text. You will learn how to use these 'tools' using some choice texts provided on the day. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? A set of technical 'tools' with which to tackle any classical verse text with confidence and panache. Participant Price £30. Observer Price £15.


Giles Taylor

Giles is an actor with a wide range of experience spanning over twenty-five years. He has appeared in the West End and on Broadway, and worked for the National Theatre, the RSC and at numerous repertory theatres around the country. His most recent theatre credits include James Graham’s acclaimed This House at the NT, Chichester and in the West End; the RSC’s productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in Stratford, the West End and on Broadway; and the UK tour of the award-winning King Charles III. On television he has been seen in The Musketeers, Mr Selfridge and Foyle’s War, the acclaimed Stuart: a Life Backwards and Stephen Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodiles. As a teacher Giles works as a Shakespeare Consultant both for drama schools and individual productions – including the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of As You Like It, the Manchester Royal Exchange’s production of The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Globe on their 2008 tour of Romeo and Juliet, and for the Open Air Theatre’s productions of Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet. He also teaches regularly at The Actors Centre, for the Genesis Programme for emergent directors at the Young Vic, and at various drama schools and performing arts colleges; he is an Associate Artiste of the National Youth Theatre. In 2016 Giles published his first book – Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric – co-authored with director Philip Wilson. It is published by Oberon Books and is part of their Actor’s Toolkit.


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