The Actors Centre

The Shakespeare Speaking Laboratory

A workshop looking at modern delivery of Shakespeare. First we’ll explore simple, idiot-proof methods of delivering Shakespeare’s text and engaging with stress/unstress conundrums. We’ll push into what we mean when we talk about clarity in relation to Shakespeare and just how counter-productive ‘enjoying’ the word can be. We’ll then have a look at the idea of ‘inadequate language’ through a brief foray into American Classics, Political Speech-making and back again. This is focused on finding priorities within a line and driving toward meaning. To work all this out we’ll be playing around with different bits from different plays. All that’s required is an open mind and a willingness to play, and perform.

Josh Roche is a freelance Director and Dramaturg. For the last two years he has been directing and assistant directing at the RSC with Greg Doran, Polly Findlay and Maria Aberg. He has previously worked with Shakespeare’s Globe, English Touring Theatre and Sonia Friedman. He directed the opening of The World Shakespeare Congress in the RST and Shakespeare in Music with the Southbank Sinfonia. He is the previous Writers’ Centre Associate at Soho Theatre (2012-14). For Fat Git: Magnificence (Finborough Theatre) A Third (Finborough Theatre) I feel fine (New Diorama/VAULT Festival) Winky (Soho Theatre) Encounter (Theatre 503) Specie (New Diorama). As Assistant Director: Death of a Salesman, Shakespeare Live, Doctor Faustus, The Alchemist (RSC); Farinelli and the King (Shakespeare’s Globe/Sonia Friedman) Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe/ETT); Doctor Scroggy’s War, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe); Blink (nabokov); Utopia, The Boy Who Fell into the Book (Soho Theatre); He is directing Plastic for Poleroid Theatre in 2017. He reads plays for Sonia Friedman and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Price: £10.

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