Speaking Shakespeare: Richard III and Henry VIII

Course Dates: 15/01/20 - 19/02/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

We will work with Shakespearean text for sense, rhythm and emotional truth. We will discuss and workshop speeches and scenes from Richard III and Henry VIII. The course may include a visit to Lincoln's Inn Library.


What is the course about?

To familiarise you with the difficulties of speaking a Shakespearean text, and how to overcome them. To break down the misconception that Shakespeare is inaccessible and has no modern reference.

What will we cover?

Working specific Shakespearean texts for sense, rhythm, imagery, emotion and character.
We will study two plays and act out some scenes from each.
We will visit Lincoln's Inn Library to see Shakespeare's 2nd Folio.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Deduce the 'sense' of what is being said in a piece of Shakespeare text.
Recognise certain rhetorical and poetic devices Shakespeare uses to underline and heighten his meaning.
Explain the plot, themes and characters of two specific plays.
Perform scene work from a Shakespeare play with confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The ability to listen, to learn from other students, to work on one's own and to prepare work in advance is essential.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity.
• Take notes.
• Use numbers to recognise rhythm.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group work; pair and individual work in which different pieces are examined and worked on. You will need to have read the plays selected in advance.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

An individual copy of the plays chosen for analysis and scene presentation. The tutor will provide some photocopies of other relevant text.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The next instalment of Speaking Shakespeare will feature two different plays.
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.

Tutor Biographies
Vernon Thompson Tutor Website

Vernon Thompson been responsible for overseeing all Voice Speech and Communication courses in the School of Performing Arts (almost 200 per year) since September 2005. He is also Course Leader for the year-long OCN accredited Level 2 Extended Certificate in Drama Foundation course. He regularly directs student productions, most recently The Laramie Project (2019) and the Graduating Students Agents' Showcase (2017). Voice specialities include Shakespearean text and practical application of resonance and support. Vernon also works as Voice Consultant to Channel 4 News, and his private clients currently include BBC newsreaders and an international model. Vernon has an MA in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech & Drama and PGCE from City University. Previous posts include Voice teaching at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Outside City Lit Vernon also works as a freelance director (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan 2019; Hen and Chickens, Islington 2017) and produces a season of rep theatre every summer in Bournemouth with London Repertory Players.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: DVP031

Wed, day, 15 Jan - 19 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £66.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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