Sunday Shakespeare Workout with RSC Director in Residence Owen Horsley
This 4-week foundational workshop, presented in partnership with BardCity, will break through the academic approach to Shakespeare and provide actors with a practical tool kit that will make Shakespeare accessible and relevant. Using new techniques, Royal Shakespeare Company director Owen Horsley builds an actor’s confidence in delivering classical text and finds the fun in performing Shakespeare. For age 18+.
Update: this class is at capacity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the waitlist.
Sunday, Oct 15, 9am-noon
Sunday, Oct 29, 9am-noon
Sunday, Nov 5, 9am-noon
Sunday, Nov 12, 9am-noon
*This is a 4-week workshop. Students must be available for all dates.
Shakespeare’s Rhythm: A New Approach to Verse
Sunday, October 15, 9am-noon
This first class introduces a physical approach to the rhythm of Shakespeare’s language. We will dissect all the clues he gives you about the character, relationships and emotion just through the rhythm of the verse. This approach will break down mental barriers giving you an instinctive and active approach to making this classic text work for you.
*Bring to class: please bring a Shakespeare speech no longer than 20 lines. Bring something that you’ve never worked on before.
Monologues: Speech Surgery
Sunday, October 29, 9am-noon
This class is about breathing new life into old monologues. Having looked at a speech for verse and rhythm in Class 1 we will now take the work further with new techniques and exercises which will give you added confidence in speaking heightened text. Here we will have chance to go deeper into some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters. We will analyze, dissect and interrogate their motivations, text, physicality in preparation for performance
Relationships: The Shakespeare Scene
Sunday, November 5, 9am-noon
Before the third class the group will be partnered up to look at specific Shakespeare scenes. In this class it is all about working together. We will be able to draw upon all that we have learned and now apply it to building and playing relationships in Shakespeare’s plays. From lovers to rivals we will look at how Shakespeare using text, rhythm and rhetoric devices to build relationships.
Storytelling: How to begin?
Sunday, November 12, 9am-noon
This final class will focus on ensemble work and explore how, as a company, we would start telling the story of a classic Shakespeare play. In original practice the actors were solely responsible for creating the world of the play. In creating the rules of the world we need to look at status, gender and most importantly the previous circumstances. This will be an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively on solving these problems and together launching into the world of a Shakespeare play.
About Instructor Owen Horsley
Owen trained at Drama Centre London. Directing credits include Salomé by Oscar Wilde (RSC), The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera), and Henry V (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre).
Owen was Associate Director on the RSC King and Country Tour and worked with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on Richard II and Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V from 2013-16.
Owen is also an Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl. He was Assistant Director to Declan Donnellan on The Changeling (2006), Cymbeline (2007), Troilus and Cressida (2008), Macbeth (2009-11) and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (2011-13) becoming Associate Director in 2010. Owen co-directed the 2013 tour of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.
Other directing credits include The Two Noble Kinsmen (RWCMD), Outside on the Street (Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola), Antony and Cleopatra, Lysistrata, As You Like It (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), and Hungry Heart (RADA).
In 2008 Owen formed Eyestrings Theatre Company with his production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at St Andrew’s Crypt in Holborn. Further work with Eyestrings include In Bed With Messalina (Courtyard Theatre), See What I See (St Clements Mental Hospital), and The Duchess of Malfi (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour).
Owen also works extensively in Europe. He has led workshops in Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and France. Owen’s first Spanish production, The Malcontent, opened at the Almagro Festival in August 2011 before transferring to Madrid.