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Workshop (Edmonton): 3 Day Classical Acting Intensive, Famous Speeches – The Malachites

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Workshop (Edmonton): 3 Day Classical Acting Intensive, Famous Speeches – The Malachites

The Malachites Macbeth at The Rose Playhouse, Bankside, London 2015, Photo by Patrick DoddsCLASSICAL ACTING INTENSIVE – JUNE 8, 9 & 10 in EDMONTON:  FOCUS ON FAMOUS SPEECHES

As we head into summer, The Malachites are offering a series of 3 day classical acting intensives based on Elizabethan Original Practice methodologies. The first of these summer workshops will focus on how to approach some of the most popular speeches from within the canon.

“I left no ring with her” (Twelfth Night), “If it were done when tis done, then twere well it were done quickly” (Macbeth), “The quality of mercy is not strained” (The Merchant of Venice), “O that this too too solid flesh would melt” (Hamlet) – these hugely popular speeches are famous for their detailed character journeys, complex story-telling, and, of course, beautiful language. They offer untold riches for both actor and audience, but how do we avoid the “over-done” label and keep them fresh?

From audition to performance, learn how to unlock the full potential of these incredible speeches and make them your own.

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

All sessions will be 5 hours long from 1pm to 6pm.
COURSE DATES: June 8th, 9th & 10th
COURSE FEES: $200 (15 contact hours)
20% OFF for CAEA Members!

DAY 1 – Intro to Elizabethan Performance Techniques: Build your basic knowledge of Shakespeare’s texts, how his verse serves you as an actor, and how The Lord Chamberlain’s Men would have worked with the text in rehearsal. Improve your comprehension, natural verse reading, and refresh your approaches to text in this introduction.

DAY 2 – The Musicality of Shakespeare’s Text: Develop your skills for easy, natural verse delivery using musical methods and tools. Find freedom and connection through verse as you discover how your natural voice dynamics can work with Shakespeare’s texts to achieve complex and truthful storytelling.

DAY 3- FOCUS ON THE FAMOUS SPEECHES: Put your new skills to work as we explore some of the most famous speeches from across the cannon in a rehearsal atmosphere. Learn how to make these well-known pieces stand out in both audition and performance as fresh, truthful stories being told for the very first time.

Please email before June 4th to sign up. Spaces are limited, so get in touch early to register.

For more on this and other workshops, please visit and click on our Canadian page.

Photo: The Malachites’ Macbeth at The Rose Playhouse, Bankside, London 2015. By Patrick Dodds.

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