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Academic Scholars take on role of Shakespearean actors as part of latest seminar

Academic Scholars take on role of Shakespearean actors as part of latest seminar

Academic Scholars at Rydal Penrhos channelled their inner Shakespeare as part of their latest session.

A dozen students spent an hour in the Rick Maple Drama Studio on Tuesday, November 7, exploring ways in which Shakespearean actors may have worked given the lack of technology or individual capabilities.

Given that many actors during the time period were unable to read, the group were tasked with trying to learn a speech by only listening to it and not having the benefit of a script.

A partner repeated lines frequently to each pupil, then they tried delivering the speech before their allotted time ran out.

English and Drama teacher Fiona Earle, said: “We were impressed that one participant managed to learn six lines in the allocated time.”

The scholars then split into groups and attempted to enact a scene using only folio scripts as the extracts.

This meant that each actor received only their own lines and the three words which were their cue – with no idea of who was speaking or why.

“This caused some challenges, but the scene from ‘Hamlet’ with the ghost on the battlements was particularly effective,” added Miss Earle.

“Everyone had fun and learned a little about the different stagecraft in Elizabethan times.”

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