The Workshops

For the workshop, each participant is requested to half prepare a verse monologue, NOT to learn it by heart.  Soft shoes and track suits for the men and practice skirts for the women.  Please bring a “Complete Works” and a note book and pencil.

Session 1

Physical warm up (Lecoq techniques) aimed at each participant finding his or her weak and strong points in terms of tension; how tension is blocking corporal expression and how to release the morphology from inherent psychological detrimental memories.

Breathing exercises designed to develop the participant’s ability to augment their capacity and extension.

First contact with the text – each participant reads their semi prepared monologue

Session 2

Movement analysis.
Working with the “pointe fixe”  and equilibrium and disequilibrium.
How physicality affects characterisation.  How to analyse movement,  both one’s own and that of other people.
Linking movement to breathing.  How breathing affects movement and vice versa.

Verse analysis.
Explanation of Iambic pentameter and how Shakespeare exploits and deforms its structure, giving indications to the actor concerning interpretation and characterisation.
Examples are taken from different plays, showing how the use of mid-line endings, end-stops, short lines (less than 5 feet), assonance, alliteration, and repetition are all used by the author to guide the actor, helping with character creation.

Overnight work

Each participant will be asked to look at their chosen monologue with regards to the verse analysis.

Session 3

Warm up.  Guided, whilst giving each participant a chance to practice their own exercises.

Voice warm up and placement exercises.
Diction and articulation exercises.

Presentation of monologues showing results from overnight work.  Criticism and direction from Mr. Reese inviting comments from the other participants.

Session 4

Continuation of presentation of monologues.

Taking a short section from each monologue – committing it to memory, adding movement and breathing pattern to take it to a performance level.

Sight reading Shakespeare.   Using the verse techniques each participant will sight read an unfamiliar monologue or scene selected by Mr. Reese.

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