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Company Rehearsal: Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew

Short Courses – 10 Week


Our Company Rehearsal: Shakespeare Play course focuses on the active preparation for, and presentation of, a 90-minute version of one of Shakespeare’s most talked about plays, facilitated by experienced Shakesperean theatre director, Rob Myles.

It provides an opportunity for people age 16+ with previous drama or acting experience to work intensively towards a sharing in a workshop setting.

Throughout the 10-week course, students will explore text work, acting, characterisation and storytelling techniques that can help increase their confidence when speaking and playing Shakespeare for modern audiences.

The rehearsal process will be similar to what you would experience in a professional rehearsal room. It will involve intense and focused work on the play itself, in a supportive and collaborative process. You will be expected to come with questions and ideas, and work as an ensemble.

You will be expected to rehearse and learn lines at home between classes, to ensure maximum freedom to play and explore in the room during the course, before delivering a dynamic and engaging performance at the end of the course.

Throughout this course students will:

  • take part in a performance of a Shakespeare play using the original text for invited guests
  • use textual analysis to understand the play and their character
  • explore the possibilities for bringing text to life in dynamic and original ways
  • rehearse in a professional environment

There are no entry requirements for this open access course but to get the most out of it you should have some experience of performance and a practical understanding of theatre and performance skills.

Regular attendance on this course is particularly important as you will be working towards an ensemble performance.

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16 April - 18 June 2024

Tuesdays, 6pm - 9pm

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Course Information

The course is designed so that self-motivated students will benefit from the training. We expect you to undertake a certain amount of self-directed study and preparation out with class times.

Students should be open, honest, generous, respectful, hard-working and willing to work as part of a team.

Week One : The Unique Needs Of Shakespearean Performance

The focus will be on differentiating playing Shakespeare from other forms of acting such as contemporary stage or screen, with a focus on audience relationship and elliptical energy. We will understand the story of the play being performed, and undertake exercises using excerpts from the text to tackle some of the fundamentals of verse speaking.

Week Two : Act 1 – On Its Feet Out Loud

In this session we will embody the first act of the play and methods for establishing and differentiating character, audience relationship, finding and playing the argument.

Week Three: Act 2 – On Its Feet Out Loud

In this session we will embody the second act, with a focus on playing stakes and intentions, listening with the body, and maximizing contrast between characters, and playing with expectations.

Week Four: Act 3 – On Its Feet Out Loud

In this session we will embody the third act of the play and concentrate on the Tipping Point – emotional extremes, playing transformation, and affecting audiences.

Week Five: Act 4 – On Its Feet Out Loud

In this session we will embody the fourth act, how to create suspense and tension, playing characters out of control, and seeking reconciliation or retribution.

Week Six: Act 5 – On Its Feet Out Loud

In this session we will embody the final act, sticking the landing, and providing an effective and affecting resolution for the audience.

Week Seven: First Half Stagger Through – Sweating Shakespeare

In this session we will perform half the play stopping and starting to sharpen, clarify and add richness and detail to our initial sketches.

Week Eight: Second Half Stagger Through – Sweating Shakespeare

In this session we will perform the second half the play and use all that we have learned so far to bring it to vivid life.

Week Nine: Dress Rehearsal x 2

In this session we will run the play twice in quick succession, with notes in between, to pressure-test our studies and identify areas for final polishing.

Week Ten: Run-Through & Performance

In this session we will do final preparations for the piece before sharing it to an audience of invited guests, with a Q+A to reflect on the experience.

This course will be informed by classical and contemporary approaches to acting and performance, covering verse & rhetoric, imagination & emotion, multisensory & object work, physicality & voice.

These will be discovered based on the needs of the scenes being explored as we prepare to perform one of Shakespeare’s classic plays. There will be exercises, games and further homework to help you progress.

The style of engagement within this course is open, supportive and fun, yet it is also challenging and hard work. Self-directed preparation of a monologue will be an expectation during your time with us. Commitment, focus, energy and professionalism will be expected at all times by the tutor.

  • Plan and prepare to attend all classes
  • Communicate any access needs in advance
  • Commit lines to memory outside of rehearsals
  • Engage with the supporting materials sent out ahead and throughout the course
  • Dress comfortably in clothes which are suitable for the activity you are taking part in.
  • Bring a notepad and pen/pencil in case you wish to make notes.
  • Please bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated during your class and snacks to keep energy high

Robert Myles

Robert Myles is an actor, writer and director. He directed the 36 First Folio plays of Shakespeare, one a week every week for nine months, with The Show Must Go Online, which he co-founded at the start of the 2020 pandemic. TSMGO became a multi-award-winning pandemic digital theatre project that brought together over 500 actors and creatives from 60 countries. His book, co-written with Dr. Valerie Clayman Pye, Innovation in Digital Theatre: Rethinking Theatre with ‘The Show Must Go Online’, is in press with Routledge.

Over his career in Shakespeare, Rob has played over 30 Shakespearean roles in off-west-end and regional touring productions. He is the creator of The Shakespeare Deck, a powerful, portable text-work tool for actors and creatives, and host of the Owning Shakespeare Podcast, with guests including Adjoa Andoh and Paterson Joseph. He has spoken at Harvard University, taught Shakespeare at East 15 and Wolverhampton University, given seminars at NYU London and done Q+As with King’s College London, University of Texas and many more.

Beyond Shakespeare, Rob is also an action designer, and a teacher-in-training with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat. In addition to theatre, he has directed several short films, short documentaries, action for camera, and more. He is now exploring the role creative technologies can play in the future of live storytelling with The Stratford Festival, Theatre Royal Bath and others.

This course will run in-person on Tuesday evenings for 10-weeks from 16 April – 18 June, 6pm – 9pm.

The course fee is £330 which is the equivalent to £33 per session, and can be paid in full or in instalments before the course end date

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

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