The Actors Centre

Working Shakespeare's Words

WHAT IS IT? One of the challenges of working on Shakespeare is that you can feel that by working on the character you lose the verse, and if you work on the verse you lose the character. This four-part course will look at how you can use the language as a way into the character. HOW WILL IT WORK? Over four days, we will work in a practical, exploratory, physical way, with a range of voice, speech and text exercises. We will work on finding meeting points between the rhythms and cadences of our own speech, and the density and richness of Shakespeare's language. We will look at how bringing our own voice into a truer relationship with the voice of the character can unlock the clues encoded in the language and be a way into character. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? This course will help you find the freedom to make your character's words live, to use the verse to reveal the psychology and emotion of the character, and to find how the choice of words, rhythm, and phrasing are part of a character's mind-set and attitudes. This work will help with both castings and rehearsals, and for both screen and stage. Price: £72.


This workshop runs over 4 days

November 7, 8, 9, 10


William Trotter

William has provided voice input for shows at the Arcola, BAC, The Place, the Finborough, the Royal Court, Menier Chocolate Factory, Lyric Studio and Riverside Studios. He has worked with actors of many levels of experience, including established names and people at early stages in their careers. His one-to-one clients have worked at the National, Royal Court and West End and leads at Regent’s Park and Apollo Victoria. He has led workshops for Escape Artists, Graeae, Mind the Gap, the Magic Circle, RSAMD and for Tamasha Theatre's actor-director laboratory. Drama schools he has taught at include ArtsEd, Central, Drama Centre, East 15 and LAMDA. He trained at Central and Bristol and Exeter Universities and is on the training working party of the British Voice Association. 


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