Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Richmond Shakespeare’s January Workshop

“Sound and Rhythm in Performance”
with David Hall
January 15, 2008, 7:00-9:30 PM
Second Presbyterian Church ( 5 N. 5th Street )

Richmond Shakespeare is thrilled to import Shakespearean actor David Hall from England for one night only!

This acting workshop will explore how an outside-in or “physical” approach can inform and benefit an actor’s work, with text or without. This will be a highly active session promising to be great fun and very valuable. Students will look at the influence of breath and physicality on mood and character, work with spatial awareness, scales of physicality and what we can do with them, states of tension, the rhythms of emotions and, if time allows, some archetypical characters. Thus we’ll build a vocabulary of movement and experience, which can be fed into, complement and improve many aspects of performance and rehearsal work.

David Hall trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK , with John Wright of Trestle Theatre Company and members of Theatre de Complicite. He has performed in theatres across the UK , in the open air and indoors, from village halls to huge theatres, including Shakespeare’s Globe and for the National Theatre in London ’s West End . He has toured with Trestle Theatre Company (using full masks) and played many leading roles for Patrick Tucker’s Original Shakespeare Company, the first company in the world to mount full-length performances of many of Shakespeare’s plays using the First Folio texts and Cue scripts only.

The class is open to high school age and up. Space is limited. Participants should, as always, bring a bottle of water and be prepared to move.

Contact Director of Training Andrew Hamm at Andrew@richmondshakespeare.com or 804-855-4998 for more information or to make a reservation.


Frank Creasy said...

This was well worth the price of tuition. While affirming some knowledge and skills I already possessed, my eyes were opened to many other new options, and watching a true master at work was a real privilege.

Thanks guys for your commitment to improving the skills of Richmond actors through these educational programs. I won't be able to attend all of them but I'll be there whenever I can.

Andrew Hamm said...

Thanks, Frank! It was truly a remarkable night for me, even just the little bit that I was able to watch and participate in before scurrying off to Measure for Measure rehearsal.

I really gained a lot just from the examination of in-breath and out-breath on a moment. I started using it in rehearsal just an hour later!