Living Shakespeare is the second focus of our work, and the emphasis here is getting to a better understanding of Shakespeare's work, both for our own work and also for anyone who is interested in what Shakespeare can offer us.
We do this in the following ways:
A series of one day workshops held in spaces throughout Birmingham (Blue Orange Theatre, Old Joint Stock Theatre, theWorkshop, St.Paul's Church).
Topics have included:-
Speaking not speeching Shakespeare
Hamlet: underneath the text
Women in Hamlet
King Lear: Cordelia & the Fool
Shakespeare stripped back
NTI Workshops-New Drama inspired by Shakespeare
Play workshopping sessions
Every week we workshop and read one of Shakespeare's plays. Each person takes turns reading a character's 'thought' and at the end of each beat we discuss what we have found, any problems, how Shakespeare goes about his craft, what the lines say to us individually etc. We encourage everyone to relate the words to their own personal and society experiences.