11 August 2016
Shakespeare: Performance and Practice
This unique five-and-a-half week programme offers conservatoire-style theatre training combined with academic content delivered by experts in Shakespearean theatre and performance. It offers you the chance to develop a deeper understanding of Shakespeare's plays through a parallel approach of performance practice and academic study.
You will form a company of actors to explore a Shakespeare play, culminating in a final performance. Alongside your rehearsals with expert Directors, you will attend skills-based workshops in movement and voice, designed to equip you in your practical approach to the plays. International Shakespeare experts will deliver masterclasses and seminars on specialist skills (such as Elizabethan and Jacobean dance or stage combat) and the history and context of Shakespeare’s London.
During the programme, you are invited to create a reflective journal to chart your personal experience of the programme and the ways in which you have developed a methodology for understanding Shakespeare through performance combined with study of the text. This journal is intended to help you explore and develop your performance and scholarly practice, complementing the rest of the programme (see Credits for more information).
All classes will take place at Queen Mary University of London, giving you the opportunity to experience London’s vibrant theatre scene and to explore the city in which Shakespeare lived and worked.
By the end of the programme you will have developed a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as building a tool kit of practical skills in performance and scholarship that will enrich your future work on stage and beyond.
The Summer School is aimed at actors, aspiring actors, and students of Shakespeare who wish to combine performance training with professional rehearsals and masterclasses on the context and the source material of the plays.You must be over 18 years of age to apply.
You are welcome to participate in Shakespeare: Performance and Practice for academic credit by attending all sessions, participating in the final performance, and completing a written assessment task (a 3,000-word reflective journal). The summer school team will offer guidance and support as you develop your journal and will offer written feedback prior to the end of the programme.
We recommend that participation in the programme is equivalent to 30 credits (6 US credits).
GBP 2974: Tuition fee
GBP 1138: On campus accommodation.
If you need accommodation, please indicate this on your application form. Accommodation for the duration of the summer school is charged at £1,138.00.
Summer school participants will stay in on-campus, in single occupancy accommodation.
Please note that we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodation. You should apply as soon as possible if you need accommodation. We will let you know if we are able to confirm your accommodation request by 14 April 2016. If we are able to confirm your accommodation you will need to pay the full balance of tuition and accommodation fee by 20 April 2016. Accommodation may be available after this date but may not be available at this special discounted rate.