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Workshop (Edmonton) – 5 Days of Shakespeare – Shakespeare Workshops Alberta

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Workshop (Edmonton) – 5 Days of Shakespeare – Shakespeare Workshops Alberta



A new, 5-day intensive course in classical performance run in association with Shoreditch’s (London, UK) resident 5-star Shakespeare Company, Malachite Theatre. Fresh from their recent 5 STAR, sold-out run of King Lear at the historic Rose Playhouse, Bankside (starring BAFTA nominee John McEnery in the title role), The Malachites bring their expertise in Shakespeare to Canada with a new hands-on training intensive now running in Edmonton on weekends throughout November.

The course is open to Albertan actors of all ages and skill levels wishing to improve or refresh their approach to Shakespeare. Based upon contemporary Elizabethan performance methodologies, this intensive short course will set you on a new path with classical text, speaking Shakespeare with confidence and helping you to stand out in this competitive industry.

Participants are invited to partake in any or all of the sessions, with a special offer available for those signing up for all five-days of the course:
(4 hrs) – $50
(5 SESSIONS, 20+ contact hours and performance showcase) – $200 = ONE SESSION FREE!

November 21, 2-6pm: Introduction to Shakespeare and Elizabethan Performance Techniques:

A crash course in contemporary and contextual approaches to Shakespeare, especially focused on the challenges that classical texts present Canadian actors. Improve your verse reading, refresh your approaches to text and hone your audition technique in this custom-made, stand-alone introductory workshop. 4 HOURS ($50)

November 22, 2-6pm: The Musicality of Shakespeare: A Fresh Approach to Verse through Music:

Have you ever had trouble connecting to verse? Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable or awkward speaking Shakespeare’s words? In this four hour session, we will open up the possibilities for natural verse delivery using musical methods and tools to find freedom and connection through verse, and discover how to work with your natural accent. In addition to using musical tools to break down dialogue, we will explore how Shakespeare uses music both as a playwright and in performance on the Elizabethan stage, and how we use these same methods today. 4 HOURS ($50)

November 26, Reading @ 4pm, Screening @ 7pm: The Winter’s Tale – From Page to Screen:

In preparation for the two-day intensive workshop around the characters, situations and themes presented by Shakespeare’s challenging late romance; participants will develop the skills necessary for preparing and researching a role. Participants will engage in a reading of the text, and attend a live screening of Kenneth Branagh’s new production of The Winter’s Tale starring Dame Judi Dench as Paulina. The group will then engage in a discussion session focused on issues raised by the production. 5 HOURS ($50 inc. ticket price)

November 28 & 29, 2-6pm: Winter’s Tale – From Page to Stage:

A hands-on, two-day intensive course where participants apply their new classical acting skills in practice. Participants will learn to ‘listen to Shakespeare’, working on text from the ‘bottom-up’ to develop a truthful, connected performance of some of the Bard’s most difficult late verse. Monologues, duologues and scene studies will be worked on from The Winter’s Tale and presented in showcase for an invited audience of industry professionals, mentors and friends. *The showcase date is currently TBA depending on participant availability. This will be announced to participants prior to the first workshop. 8 HOURS ($100)

Venue: TBA based on attendance

Deadline to Apply: EXTENDED November 14, 2015

Please email by November 14th, 2015 for more information and to sign up as spaces are limited.

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To learn more about The Malachites’ approach, education programs, and production history in London, visit

Malachite Theatre production is giving the RSC’s Stratford production a definite run for its money

– Live Theatre, London

This gifted company deserve West-End exposure

– British Theatre Guide

To rival any climactic moment seen on the RSC stage

– The Stage

A gem. Were there six stars, I would have awarded them. This is a superb production…totally engaging, highly accessible and, most of all, alive!

– Audience Member

Lovely to hear Shakespeare very well delivered and sensitively brought to life

– Audience Member

Spectacular!! … delivered with passion and gusto. Highly recommended for all lovers of Shakespeare where the focus is on the words of the Bard

– Audience Member

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