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Introduction to Shakespeare through the Sonnets

Julie Ritch  | Published on 11/5/2021

Introduction to Shakespeare Through The Sonnets - Judith Shahn
21st - 23rd January 2022


EARLY BIRD PLACES - £300 ONLY FOR FIRST SIX PEOPLE TO SIGN UP!

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE COMMITTED TO ATTEND THE FULL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE.  

Prerequisites for Attendance:

Desire to develop understanding of voice. No previous Linklater Voice training necessary. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Judith's instruction.

Format:

The 18-hour workshop runs 6 hours per day - Friday, Saturday and Sunday 21st - 23rd January 2022

One session per day:

British Standard Time - 4pm - 10pm

US Eastern Standard Time  - 11am - 5pm 

US Pacific Eastern Time - 8am - 2pm

Content:

Whether you want to learn how to speak Shakespeare for your professional development as an actor or to experience the sheer joy of his language, this is a pleasurable introduction to the secrets of Shakespearean verse-speaking.  We will use the Sonnets for text. Within the 14 lines of a Shakespeare sonnet we absorb physically and emotionally such elements of verse-speaking as Imagery, Rhythm, Rhyme and the Iambic Pentameter.  We explore how to embody thought and words - we ‘get out of the head and into the body’ in order to enter the visceral world of the Elizabethans.  We enter an experiential, on-your-feet search for clues to understanding Shakespeare - clues to be found in such figures of speech as Onomatopoeia, Assonance, Alliteration and Antithesis.  Judith will spend some time individually with each person. Every participant can experience a transformation in their ability to understand and speak Shakespeare.

What do I need:

Loose clothing for working in. No belts. No jeans

Learn by heart:

Two Shakespeare SONNETS that you feel strongly connected to. One can be in contrast to the other. The Sonnets are all about love in some way and they are all from your experience.

SONNET PREPARATION: PLEASE CHOOSE TWO FROM THE 34 SONNETS LISTED

15 When I consider everything…

18 Shall I compare thee… 

19 Devouring Time…. 

23 As an unperfect actor… 

27 Weary with toil… 

29 When in disgrace… 

30 When to the sessions… 

33 Full many a glorious morning… 

42 That thou hast her… 

43 When most I wink… 

44 If the dull substance… 

55 Not marble… 

56 Sweet love renew… 

60 Like as the waves… 

61 Is it thy will… 

64 When I have seen… 

71 No longer mourn… 

73 That time of year…(for the over 50s only!) 

75 So are you to my thoughts… 

80 O how I faint… 

91 Some glory in their birth… 

87 Farewell thou art too dear…

90 Then hate me… 

94 They that have power to hurt… 

104 To me, fair friend… 

110 Alas, ‘tis true… 

116 Let me not to the marriage… 

119 What potions have I drunk…. 

129 The expense of spirit… 

130 My mistress’ eyes… 

138 When my love swears…(not for anyone under 40!) 

144 Two loves I have… 

147 My love is as a fever… 

152 In loving thee….

Designated Linklater Teacher:
Judith Shahn has been a Designated Linklater teacher since 1991, taught voice, speech, dialects and Shakespeare in the graduate actor training program at The University of Washington for 26 years. She retired in 2016 as Senior Lecturer, Emerita. In addition, she is a dialect & voice coach for professional theatres, including Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT theatre and many Seattle area theatre. She has coached many productions of Shakespeare at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare & Company and at The University of Washington. Judith is an actor as well and recently performed in an all-female production of Coriolanus in Seattle.

Link to workshop information and to book - https://bit.ly/2ZXjGNv

Enquiries -
 booking@linklatervoice.com

www.linklatervoice.com