Demystifying Shakespeare!

Get to grips with Bard - in just four weeks

Four Saturday evenings
Dates: 3, 10, 17 & 24 March
Time: 8-10pm
Fee: £32 (members)/£48 (non-members)
Where:  The Shaw Room at The Questors Theatre
Tutor: Kate-Lois Elliott


Shakespeare can be daunting even for the most seasoned of actors. In this short course we'll explore simple ways to approach the text, the significance of the verse and the broad range of characters within Shakespeare's stories. We'll also ask what it is that makes them so universal and still so relevant today.

During the course we’ll look at some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays: Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Macbeth, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  In the second two weeks of the course you’ll get the chance to work with monologues and duologues from other plays of your choice.

You’ll walk away from the course with enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s plays, techniques to identify clues and meaning within the texts and learn tools to bring the work to life.

Week 1

  • Getting to know you warm up exercise: physicality, using the space and rhythm
  • Short intro to the history of Shakespeare (and why it's important today), plus a discussion of the things that might be daunting when approaching his works
  • Iambic exercises - to help familiarise you with iambic pentameter, the rhythm of much of Shakespeare’s verse
  • Exploring language
  • Duologues - exercises to do with rhythm and focus

Week 2

  • A discuss about epic theatre and the relevance of the stories
  • Exercises on Soliloquies in Shakespearian theatre
  • Exploring and understanding imagery - why is it there?
  • Duologues workshop

Week 3

  • Playing with the text - various exercises
  • Status games
  • Selecting a monologue

Week 4

  • Working through your chosen monologue
  • Techniques to approach it as a normal text

About your tutor

Kate-Lois Elliott an actor and workshop leader specialising in Shakespeare. She has taught for Shakespeare’s Globe, The Questors Theatre, Iris Theatre, and The Company, Sussex.  As an actor she has worked at The Almeida, The Globe, The Roundhouse, The Arcola, Watford Palace Theatre, The Bush Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Theatre 503 and the BBC.

Who is the course for?

Actors, directors and anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of Shakespeare’s works in performance. The course is open to everyone over the age of 18.

How to book

To book your place email: or call: 0208 567 0011

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