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Shakespeare – Pure and Simple (Drama)

“When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder that such trivial people should muse and thunder in such lovely language.” D H Lawrence

Have you a fascination with the plays of Shakespeare and a desire to get to know his work better?
Does the realisation on stage of rich language full of imagery fascinate you as a performer?
Are you an actor that loves immersing yourself in beautifully drawn characters?

Then this is absolutely the course for you…

This practical acting course will allow students to indulge in this treasured (for good reason) aspect of theatre and to explore a wide range of elements within the work of Shakespeare. It’s perfect for actors who haven’t yet experienced working with Shakespearean text and who want a chance to actively explore his plays.  It’s also ideal for directors who would like a first-time opportunity to develop their knowledge of how to stage his work.

During the week you will

This course is for actors (although directors are very welcome as long as they are prepared to get on their feet and have a go) with little or no experience of working with Shakespeare’s language and plays.

Tutor: Michael Corbidge

Michael currently lectures in Acting, Performance, Voice and Classical Text at Rose Bruford College of the Arts across a wide variety of programs including 3 M.A. courses: Theatre for Young Audiences TYA and Actor Musicianship and Acting for performance. Also with American Theatre Arts- BA, European Theatre Arts- BA  Acting and Acting Musicianship BA and Foundation courses. He is also a Research practitioner within the research department.

He also guests at a number of UK establishments including: the Brit School. B.R.I.C.T.T. Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training, Central School of Speech and Drama.   

Michael is a Senior Associate Practitioner with the Voice and Text department at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Senior Associate Education Practitioner with the Education Department. He also holds a Senior Trainer/Mentorship role in the ‘Open Stages’ program at the RSC, which, continues to develop the relationship between the community and the amateur/community and emerging professional world.

Within personal roles he continues to further develop working relationships with actors and directors in a number of the RSC’s outreach and studio programs.

He is a consultant, selector, adjudicator and trainer with The National Student Drama Festival, The National Youth Theatre, National Opera and Drama Association, National Association of Youth Theatres, Trinity. Mono-Box and The Dyslexic Association and a regular on both the International and UK drama school circuit.

He is developing an International Shakespeare Studio in Paris which now looks to become a mainstay on the Paris scene. He Directed Pericles last summer ’17 in French at the Theatre Du Soleil Studio in the Cartucherie in the Bois de Vincennes. 

Michael is also an experienced global Corporate Trainer using classical text to explore the art of persuasion thus developing skills in voice and speech making using the art of rhetoric. Clients include: Mastercard, J.P. Morgan, Bain, TATA, Bloomberg, Keppel, Ascendas, Shell, General Mills, The National Trust, CTN communications and a number of U.K. legal institutions. In 2019 he’s slated to head up a new corporate training school program in Singapore for Acendas in association with Pangdemonium Theatre Company.

Michael runs bespoke voice and text workshops and classes for all from his own studio The Colour Voice Studio in Kent. Residential courses specialising in his Elemental Shakespeare workshops.

As a Playwright, his collection of monologue for women opened at the Chapter Arts Theatre, Cardiff last May and is set to visit other venues across the UK. To be followed by another in volume in 2019.20.

His two new one act comedies Mystery Meat and Dead in a Box get an airing in 2019 followed by his full-length play ‘He/She Never Learned Me’.

2018/19 sees in in South East Asia, The United Arab Emirates, Estonia, France and Norway.