Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: comedies
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DVP032
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Comedies with confidence.There is also an opportunity to rehearse scenework from these plays and perhaps to visit Lincoln's Inn Library to see Shakespeare's 2nd Folio.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Working Shakespearean monologues for sense, rhythm, imagery, emotion and character.
We will study two of the Comedies specifically- Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream - and there is a chance to prepare scenework from these plays
There is an opportunity to 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 devices Shakespeare uses to underline and heighten his meaning.
Explain the plot, themes and characters of two specific plays.
Perform monologues and 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. Ideally you will have read the selected plays 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?
The tutor will provide some photocopies of some relevant text but it is ideal to provide individual copies of the plays under consideration.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The next instalment of this course will address working on monolgues and scenes from another genre of Shakespearean texts.
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.
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.