We, Icarus Theatre Collective, provide workshops alongside our production of Othello, touring September 2013 – April 2014.
“Kate celebrated her first anniversary as Icarus’ Education Manager on 1st July this year. Within this role, she acts as the company’s primary facilitator and is responsible for furthering the company’s Shakespeare workshop programme by contacting schools across the UK, training all facilitators and creating the workshop programme content. Icarus offers a bespoke Shakespeare workshop programme, so Kate adapts any of the five workshop titles to suit a group’s specific learning requirements. She specialised in Applied Theatre throughout her theatre training and has worked as a freelance drama workshop facilitator for over 5 years, for companies such as Bigfoot Arts Education, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Chickenshed Theatre Shedlink and Crisis.”
Shakespeare workshops: by Icarus Theatre Collective
Each workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes. Each in-school workshop will be led by a professional facilitator and cast member of the Othello company.
Building a Shakespearean Character
This workshop gives students the opportunity to develop one of the scenes of Othello exactly as Icarus did. Students will work practically, combining the Stanislavski an approach to creating characters with Laban work, allowing them to bring the characters to life themselves. This workshop uses both Shakespearean verse and movement work, two of the mainstays of the Icarus style.**
Physicality, Etiquette and Gender
In this workshop we will introduce students to elements of Shakespearean etiquette, physicality and gender. We will directly relate this to the text, enabling them to better understand the context in which Shakespeare wrote. This workshop provides an opportunity to explore Othello from a practical point of view, giving the students a better understanding of the cultural and social barriers faced by the characters – and audiences!**
Shakespearean Verse in Performance
This workshop gives students an opportunity to understand verse in the best possible way – by speaking it. Taking a scene from Othello, we provide an introduction into how actors access the meaning of Shakespearean verse. The students will explore how Shakespeare’s language instructs and directs actors in performance.**
The Reduced Othello
Students workshop and perform the play within 90 minutes. This workshop can serve as an introduction to the play or to expand a group’s knowledge of the characters and plot of Othello. Working closely with our facilitators in this way also provides students with an insight into methods used by actors to bring the script to life.**
Black Rams and Motiveless Malignities
This workshop focuses on the key themes within Othello including prejudice and racism in Shakespeare’s time and today. Students will get an opportunity to explore these themes through improvisation, character exploration and scene studies, giving them a greater understanding of the characters’ motives and plot.**
“[The students] thoroughly enjoyed working with actors and doing a workshop. It lifted Shakespeare off the page and the students felt that it gave them the opportunity to experience what it was like in Shakespeare’s time. The etiquette of Shakespearean England has given their essays a new depth in their controlled assessments”
– Mrs Morrison, English teacher – Purbrook Park School
By arrangement, workshops can sometimes be held in the theatre. For information on group ticket discounts for students and other tour information visit www.icarustheatre.co.uk/shows/othello.html or contact the theatre near you for more information.
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