Speaking Shakespeare

Course Dates: 15/01/20 - 19/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Vernon Thompson

We will work with Shakespearean text for sense, rhythm and emotional truth. We will discuss and workshop speeches and scenes from Richard III and Henry VIII. The course may include a visit to Lincoln's Inn Library. We will discuss and workshop speeches and scenes from Richard III and Henry VIII.

Tutor: Vernon Thompson.


What is the course about?

To familiarise you with the difficulties of speaking a Shakespearean text, and how to overcome them. To break down the misconception that Shakespeare is inaccessible and has no modern reference.

What will we cover?

Working specific Shakespearean texts for sense, rhythm, imagery, emotion and character.
We will study two plays and act out some scenes from each.
We will visit Lincoln's Inn Library to see Shakespeare's 2nd Folio.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Deduce the 'sense' of what is being said in a piece of Shakespeare text.
Recognise certain rhetorical and poetic devices Shakespeare uses to underline and heighten his meaning.
Explain the plot, themes and characters of two specific plays.
Perform scene work from a Shakespeare play with confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The ability to listen, to learn from other students, to work on one's own and to prepare work in advance is essential.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity.
• Take notes.
• Use numbers to recognise rhythm.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group work; pair and individual work in which different pieces are examined and worked on. You will need to have read the plays selected in advance.

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

An individual copy of the plays chosen for analysis and scene presentation. The tutor will provide some photocopies of other relevant text.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The next instalment of Speaking Shakespeare will feature two different plays.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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This is a great course! In the 6 weeks duration the tutor is able to introduce students to some key elements of
-study of two Shakespeare plays
-reading out loud the plays in group. with some specific practice on presenting monologues and dialogue
-voice control techniques
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Review by Mike P / (Posted on 11/06/2019)
"Speaking Shakespeare" try this! - a great course for everyone
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Course Code: DVP031

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Wed, day, 15 Jan - 19 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £66.00

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