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Acting: Shakespeare

Summer School for Adults

Introduction

This intensive five-day summer school aims to develop acting, movement and voice skills which are required to creatively engage with heightened classical text.

Throughout the course you will work in an immersive way to develop understanding, explore established and innovative practice, and apply new knowledge in a practical and professional setting.

This summer school is particularly suited to students age 16 plus who are seeking a professional training experience or who are thinking about acting as a career. The course will also be useful to experienced actors who are keen to refresh their skills or explore new ways of working. This open access course is suitable for training, professional and amateur actors who wish to:

  • become acquainted with the essentials of textual analysis
  • learn how to explore heightened text, verse-speaking and imagery
  • explore techniques which can enhance character development and story-telling
  • gain an understanding of how to embody the voice and explore physicality in the performance of classical texts

The course culminates in a presentation of scenes and soliloquies to an invited audience of family and friends in one of the Royal Conservatoire’s professional theatre spaces.

This summer school provides a fun, supportive and challenging environment in which all students can explore and learn.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 13th July 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This intensive five-day summer school aims to develop acting, movement and voice skills which are required to creatively engage with heightened classical text.

Throughout the course you will work in an immersive way to develop understanding, explore established and innovative practice, and apply new knowledge in a practical and professional setting.

This summer school is particularly suited to students age 16 plus who are seeking a professional training experience or who are thinking about acting as a career. The course will also be useful to experienced actors who are keen to refresh their skills or explore new ways of working. This open access course is suitable for training, professional and amateur actors who wish to:

  • become acquainted with the essentials of textual analysis
  • learn how to explore heightened text, verse-speaking and imagery
  • explore techniques which can enhance character development and story-telling
  • gain an understanding of how to embody the voice and explore physicality in the performance of classical texts

The course culminates in a presentation of scenes and soliloquies to an invited audience of family and friends in one of the Royal Conservatoire’s professional theatre spaces.

This summer school provides a fun, supportive and challenging environment in which all students can explore and learn.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 13th July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

Throughout this intensive summer school you will be supported by the teaching staff from the BA Acting degree programmes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This will allow you to experience first-hand the nature of vocational drama school training.

The course explores established and innovative methodologies in the three main disciplines of acting, movement and voice. These will be studied in relation to the analysis, rehearsal and performance of works by Shakespeare. These disciplines combine and focus on connecting to the demands of working with classical text. You will explore the energy of thought and speech using technical breathing and physical ease. You will also take part in workshops which explore building a character, character relationships and journeys, and the power of the soliloquy.

The acting teaching on this course is based on Stanislavski’s Method of Physical Action. It also includes approaches based on that method by Michael Chekhov and Uta Hagen, as well as modern theatre practitioners such as Declan Donnellan and Adrian Noble. The movement teaching is based on the teachings of L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and the voice training is rooted in the work of Nadine George of Voice Studio International. The work of Nadine George is not taught in any other British drama school and this is an excellent opportunity to familiarise yourself with this unique and powerful voice technique.

During the summer school, all the students meet to warm up as one group for the first hour of each day. Following this, you will split into smaller groups in which you will explore the three disciplines in a variety of practical workshops. Individual and pair work is often a result of these workshops and exercises. Though learning and teaching remains the priority throughout, this second phase of activity allows you to develop stagecraft skills, stamina and an understanding of how theatre is designed and produced.

Students do not need a prior knowledge of Shakespeare’s form and language. Syntax and structure, antithesis, caesurae, imagery, prose, verse, metre and rhythm are all covered within the course content.

The style of engagement within this summer school is open, supportive and fun, yet it is also challenging and hard work. Self-directed study will be an expectation of your evenings during your time with us. Commitment, focus, energy and professionalism will be expected at all times by the teaching team and your fellow students. In this respect, the experience resembles that of the students on our BA Acting programme and gives you a taste of what life is like at drama school.

 

Financial support



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 Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 





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 Lifelong Learning.

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.

More information about the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship.



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Entry requirements

This is an open access course for anyone regardless of prior acting experience. The course is designed so that motivated students will benefit from the study, and the tutors are experienced in teaching across all levels of skill and experience.

Students should be open, honest, generous, respectful, willing to take risks, hard-working and happy to participate in new challenges. The course would particularly benefit people wishing to:

  • build on or refresh previous acting experience
  • explore this as a pathway towards or as an alternative to full-time training
  • investigate the possibilities of pursuing a career in acting

Preparing for your course

Before you arrive

Students will be informed of required reading for the course approximately one month before the start date. Students are required to buy their own copy of these texts. It would be useful if students have some prior knowledge of Shakespeare’s language and classical performance but this is by no means essential.

While attending

For the workshop programme, students should dress appropriately in loose and comfortable clothing and be prepared to work without shoes if required. We ask all students to bring rehearsal clothes to the summer school, i.e. clothes that are dark and neutral. Students should bring water as workshop activities in this course will be physical. Students should also bring a pad and pen to make notes during classes.

At a glance...

Acting: Shakespeare Summer School 10am - 5pm (Mon - Fri) 20180817 500

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look!

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Teaching staff

Ali de Souza

Ali de Souza gained an MA in Psychology at the University of Dundee and trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He also gained an MFA in Screen Practice and Directing at Queen Margaret University.

Ali has worked extensively as an actor and director in theatre and film for over twenty-five years with many companies including theatre babel, Brunton Theatre, Byre Theatre, Dundee Rep, Manchester Library, Perth Rep, TAG, Traverse and Visible Fictions.

He has a particular passion for Shakespeare, comedy, the Greeks, and acting for screen and radio. He taught acting and directing at QMU for six years, where he was Programme Leader for the BA Acting and Performance course. He joined the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2009.