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On Shakespeare's Voice Session/Zoom workshop
Led by William Trotter
Supported by Spotlight
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2.25 hours / Free

Date: December 8th
Location: Online
Time: 18.15 - 20.30

**As part of Spotlight's commitment to supporting professional actors this class is free of charge - our thanks to them for their continuing support**

As part of the series On Voice and On Text, the voice-based workshops sponsored by Spotlight, there has been a request to shape a session entirely around Shakespeare.

This Zoom workshop will provide stimulus for those who have already worked in Shakespeare and ways in for people new to it.  Although chances to cast for Shakespeare are relatively rare, exercising with it re-charges all other work by flexing the voice and sharpening our awareness of  words.

Among the things this workshop will explore …

How freeing your voice can free you into creativity with Shakespearean and other heightened classical text.

How the text will do much of the work of entering the psychology of the character provided you are in the right sort of zone.  

How realism and naturalness can only be found through a voice that is truthful.

A style that relates to today's diverse society - and  how this is compatible with the formal qualities in the writing. 

You will need to have a short piece: no need to be off the book but please be off the page!

This workshop is open to all members - not just those who have participated in earlier On Voice, On Text workshops

Please note: If you sign up for this free workshop and subsequently find you cannot attend PLEASE do cancel your place. We always have a long waiting list for this class and if you don't cancel when you know you can't come, then you are stopping someone else from getting a place.

William Trotter works with the voice and its relation to language as a creative component both of actor development and of the rehearsal process.  He works one-to-one, on shows, and in workshops.  He has worked with actors of many levels of experience, established names and people at early stages in their careers. His one-to-one clients have worked at the National, Royal Court and West End and leads at Regent’s Park and Apollo Victoria. Theatre work, including at the Arcola, BAC, the Finborough, the Royal Court, Lyric Studio, Menier Chocolate Factory, New Diorama and Riverside Studios, has involved helping actors whose experience has been in films to find voice for stage, pre-rehearsal and pre-performance warm-ups for companies, as well as audibility and vocal strain.  He initiated and leads On Voice, the Actors Guild's regular voice-text limber sessions, and initiated and is developing the Actors Centre Shakespeare Speaking Laboratory.  Workshops led at the Actors Centre have included Finding the Character's Voice, Vocal Truth for Stage and Screen, Multi-Cultural Shakespeare, Working Words and Working Shakespeare's Words. He has led workshops for Escape Artists, Graeae, Mind the Gap, the Magic Circle, The Royal Scottish Conservatoire, for Tamasha Theatre's actor-director laboratory, and for the Theatre Arts Group of Bucharest.  Non-acting work has included work with presenters from China Radio International, ITN Factual, and LBC. Drama schools he has taught at include ArtsEd, Central, Drama Centre, East 15 and LAMDA. He trained at Central and Bristol and Exeter Universities and has been on the training working party of the British Voice Association. www.ukspeech.co.uk




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