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 Taylor – known for his encouraging and enthusiastic approach – has been a teacher for over 15 years and an actor for over 25 years. He has worked with many leading classical directors, including Jeremy Herrin (NT, Headlong), Greg Doran (RSC), Edward Hall (RSC, Propeller) and Rachel Kavanaugh (Birmingham Rep, NSC). He has studied verse with Cicely Berry, John Barton, Peter Gill and Andrew Wade. Giles also works as a Shakespeare Consultant, most recently on As You Like It (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Comedy of Errors (Manchester Royal Exchange), Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Pericles (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), Twelfth Night (Old Vic Tunnels) and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe on tour). He also teaches at various drama schools and, as an actor, he has worked extensively in theatre (NT, RSC, West End, Broadway, and many leading provincial theatres), as well as in TV, film and radio. He has recently published his first book, Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric – co-authored with director Philip Wilson – a text analysis handbook on how rhetoric is used in plays.


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