The Actors Centre

The Shakespeare Speaking Laboratory

Not just a series of workshops, the Actors Centre Shakespeare Speaking Laboratory is a unique continuous on-going exploration. Each monthly session approaches the text from a different entry-point. If you are able to follow most of the sessions, you will accumulate a rich array of approaches to help you with acting directing and teaching Shakespeare and, by extension, other kinds of text.

This session on SATURDAY OCTOBER 15th 4-7pm, is open to Associate and Premium members and non-members by arrangement.

Fresh from her work on the innovative nationwide tour of the RSC's Midsummer Night's Dream, Kimberley Sykes is leading this next session. Following Ariella Eshed's work last time on physical approaches to text, Kimberley's session is going to be about how finding what the text really means to you can free you to play it authentically.

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It will be a workshop for actors, directors and teachers and will look at finding ownership of Shakespeare’s language and an authenticity of performance through interrogation of the text and context.

Using a selection of speeches and rehearsal techniques, the session will focus on detailed translation of Shakespeare’s text into one’s own language and voice as a way to empower the performer, from beginners to professionals.

Starting from the point that Shakespeare belongs to everyone, the work aims to understand his writing through doing, experiencing, questioning and getting stuck in. No need to bring or prepare anything.

Price: £10.

You can book in advance for this workshop or drop-in on the day.


Kimberley Sykes

Kimberley Sykes is a freelance theatre director with experience in classical plays, new writing and devised work. Her most recent work as associate director on the RSC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation toured the country, incorporating a professional cast of 19 with 84 amateur actors and 580 schoolchildren, all of whom spoke Shakespeare’s text on stage. Kimberley’s directing credits include Whose Sari Now? (Rasa), In the Solitude of Cotton Fields (Tristan Bates), Mark and the Marked, The Hate Play (Box Clever), Pieces (New Diorama), How I Skinned My Sister (Tamasha) SATB (Soho Theatre). Kimberley has worked as Associate Director for Donmar Warehouse and Trafalgar Studios. Assistant director credits include The National Theatre, RSC, Headlong and the West End. Kimberley trained on the Directing BA at Rose Bruford College and the National Theatre Studio Directors Course.


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