Shakespeare: Speaking the Speech

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Shakespeare: Speaking the Speech

<p>Actors Lyn Collingwood, Mary Haire and Kim Knuckey bring Shakespeare to life via readings of his poetry and excerpts and scenes from his plays, some well-known, others more obscure. Each work will

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Actors Lyn Collingwood, Mary Haire and Kim Knuckey bring Shakespeare to life via readings of his poetry and excerpts and scenes from his plays, some well-known, others more obscure. Each work will be introduced via a mini tutorial relating to Shakespeare’s times: the politics, the theatres in which he performed and was performed and those who peopled those venues, onstage and off. Be entertained as you’re informed via this “nuts and bolts” practical Shakespeare presentation.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Shakespeare’s Works
  • Players – Bertrand Fields
  • The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street – Charles Nichols
  • Shakespeare The Player – John Southworthy
  • Shakespeare’s Wife – Germaine Greer
  • Shakespeare Today – Margaret Webster
  • Will in the World – Stephen Greenblatt
  • 1599: A year in the Life of William Shakespeare – James Shapiro


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Shakespeare from the actor’s point of view
  • The how, the what and the where
  • Shakespeare’s times
  • Who wrote and acted during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I
  • The venues in which performers played and the politics that governed the works
  • Major events of Shakespeare’s day including the plague and the threat of the Armada and how they impacted what was written for the theatre
  • How Shakespeare might be played and taught today


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Examine the influence of contemporary politics and events on Shakespeare’s writing.
  2. Define the structure and relevance to society of the theatres of Shakespeare’s day and how they influenced his writing.
  3. Determine Shakespeare’s versatility as a writer and how he developed those skills.
  4. Identify the challenges of interpreting Shakespeare for modern actors and their audiences, in particular school students and those who teach them literature.