This weekly class introduces the process of preparing and rehearsing a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays using a broad range of techniques and approaches. After being assigned a selection of scenes and speeches you will take part in expert-led exploratory classes, you will then be expected to undertake extensive research, preparation and rehearsal between sessions.
The exploration will be intensive and you will develop a strong technique that will:
• make the narrative and the purpose of the scene clear
• examine the context of the scene within the whole play
• develop the skills to stage the scene effectively and with dramatic meaning
This class is also your opportunity to hone your acting skills and experience being directed in a scene.
This class is limited to 12 students and runs on a ten-week cycle.
What you will learn
This course will teach you specific, repeatable techniques that will help you find greater connection to the circumstaces surrounding the scene, including:
– How to tackle Shakespeare’s language and structure
– How to deconstruct Shakespeare’s scenes
– The ability to work independently and in group contexts
– The skills to take staging and directorial decisions
– How to convey meaning to an audience
By the end of this class you will:
– Have developed essential rehearsal skills
– Have a detailed understanding of the anatomy and form of Shakespeare’s scenes
– Be able to apply learnt techniques to other texts
– Be able to process and integrate what you have learnt into character development
– Be ready to perform in a staged showcase
– Be eligible to attend Shakespeare Scene Study Lab 2.
Topics covered include:
– Dramaturgical analysis
– Narrative exposition
– Essential action
– Creating interior atmosphere and mise en scène
Structure and duration
Our course is delivered every Thursday over 10 consecutive weekly classes, equating to three contact hours per week. Over the course of the 10 weeks, we continuously assess your work and give extensive feedback. You will be encouraged to critically interrogate your own practice through self-assessment and group discussion.
Level and requirements
This is an intensive scene study class and is suitable for actors who already have some training that they can bring to the performance or have experience working with Shakespeare’s text. You must attend all days to be able to participate in the final performances.
You must also be at least 18 years old at the start of the course – there is no upper age limit. If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need IELTS level 6.
There are no additional academic requirements.
What to bring with you
As part of the training you will be given exercises that will help you develop the appropriate skills to be able to stage and curate your own scenes. Basic props will be available to you. However, you will need to source your own additional props as required.
– Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in
– Bring a pen and notepad and a script book to makes notes
About your tutor
Behsat Ahmet is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, practitioner and dramaturge with a strong reputation for creating live performance across diverse media on both sides of the Atlantic. His practice spans theatre, actor training, dance, and somatic movement practices, scenography and authoring for intermedial theatre productions. Behsat gained an MFA in Actor Training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also has an MSc [in Dance Science] from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and studied acting for camera in New York City. Behsat currently teaches theatre practice at Kingston University.