The Actors Centre

The Shakespeare Speaking Laboratory

Trippingly on the Tongue…”: Rhythm, Pace and Pay-offs in Duologue and Soliloquy

This workshop will look at developing dexterity with Shakespeare’s language. I don’t believe in a unifying theory by which to approach Shakespeare in performance. The messy nature of Shakespeare’s writing and its refusal to stay still is what makes it so human, compelling and available 400 years after his death. I believe in an active and varied approach to performing Shakespeare that spends more time in play than study - the answers lie in the doing not the thinking. For the duologues we will look at how shared and incomplete lines provide help to find the rhythm of a scene and for the soliloquies we will look at keeping the speech active by using the audience rather than monologuing into space.

Tobias Deacon trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in Acting. He has worked extensively as an actor in classical theatre in London, round the UK on tour as well as internationally in France, Greece and Cyprus. In May 2011 he co-founded Scaffold Shakespeare Company with the express wish of developing a company with the ability and courage to tackle the classics. From 2013-2016 his company workshopped the complete plays of Shakespeare chronologically in two whole day workshops per month on each play (38 plays in 38 months). His work as associate director includes: The Comedy of Errors (The Space), Giants of Old (Site-Specific), Christmas at Newton Park (Bath Spa University). Acting credits include: Salome (Greece, France and London site-specific), Medea, The Oresteia, (both Riverside Studios), Antigone (Riverside Studios and 2011 International Festival Of Greek Drama, Cyprus), all for TLC. Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (Young Shakespeare Company), Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew (Principal Theatre Company), Giants of Old, Whisky Dusk (Specifiq), Hamlet (Icarus Theatre Collective),Twelfth Night (Sell A Door). Tobias is an Associate Artist of Specifiq, and a founder director of Scaffold Shakespeare Company.
Price: £10.

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