Workshops

Posted: July 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Are you an English teacher eager to involve your students in the more practical side of Shakespeare, or a Drama teacher who wants to expose your students to the workings of a professional theatre company? Our workshops, which run alongside our production of Macbeth, are ideal for students to work hands-on with us through customised activities.

Each of our 90 minute workshops offers:

  • An opportunity to work with a professional workshop facilitator and a professional actor from our cast (subject to performance schedules – if we cannot provide an actor we will provide two professional facilitators).
  • Space for up to 30 students per workshop, ensuring that each student has the opportunity to really get involved.
  • A comprehensive education pack, ideal for further work with your students.
  • The flexibility to work with us to put together the best workshop for the ages and abilities of your students.
  • The possibility to work on a specific scene and on different Shakespearean texts, tailoring the workshop accordingly.

We offer various workshops on our Macbeth tour, including:

Building a Shakespearean Character

In this workshop, students will have the chance to discover how contemporary theatre works to access the Shakespearean character. Through exploring Icarus’ Stanislavski-based approach practically to creating characters in Macbeth or Hamlet, students will bring the characters to life themselves, culminating in a greater understanding of those characters and of how to move Shakespeare from page to stage.

Shakespeare the Icarus Way

A workshop designed specifically to accompany Icarus’ unique production of Macbeth or Hamlet. An ideal accompaniment to seeing the show and to understanding how contemporary theatre revitalises Shakespeare’s work, this workshop gives students the opportunity to workshop the opening scene exactly as Icarus did. In exploring Icarus’ approach to Hamlet, students will work practically with both Shakespearean verse and choral work, two of the mainstays of our theatre today. In exploring Macbeth, students will work with Stanislavski and Laban techniques to develop story.

Physicality, Etiquette and Gender

A practical workshop that will introduce students to elements of Shakespearean etiquette, physicality and gender, enabling them to better understand the context in which Shakespeare wrote. We will work with the students to apply these ideas practically to a scene within the play, exploring the concept of gender relationships and charting the differences between how these would have been portrayed in Shakespeare’s time and our own.

Trippingly on the Tongue

This workshop gives students an opportunity to understand verse in the best possible way – by speaking it. Taking a scene from Macbeth or Hamlet, we provide an introduction into how actors access the meaning of Shakespearean verse through vocal work and textual analysis. By the end of the 90 minute workshop, the verse should be tripping off their tongues!

Our education team is able to adapt material to fit your requirements and can tailor your workshop to suit other Shakespeare texts where necessary.

One workshop: £275. Two workshops: £500.

If interested, please call 0207 998 1562 or e-mail the education team at education@icarustheatre.co.uk

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s