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Shakespeare Nation: Brave New World

UPDATE 02/11/20 – Following the latest government announcement the ‘Shakespeare Nation’ workshops will now all be delivered online.

What is RSC Shakespeare Nation?

Shakespeare Nation is a project created in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and is designed to create opportunities for participants to experience the thrill of Shakespeare in their own communities and build a life-long relationship with theatre.

A quote from The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman on the project: “Not everyone thinks Shakespeare’s plays are going to be for them, but our experience has been that if you can excite someone about Shakespeare and get them speaking his words and making sense of his ideas they often feel that suddenly they can do anything.

Brave New World Project

Presented in partnership with Royal Shakespeare Company Brave New World will explore the transformative power of theatre, reconnecting participants and audiences with aspects of Shakespeare and theatre through workshops, discussions and seminars online.

All sessions are FREE, open to Adults (18+) and will be led by theatre professionals, with guest practitioners from the Royal Shakespeare Company for specific topics.

If you would like further information about this project, please email Joseph Ballard, Project Coordinator for Shakespeare Nation via joseph.ballard@norwichtheatre.org.

Find out more about past Projects here

Workshops & Love of Theatre Seminars/Discussions

Each session will be delivered by theatre practitioners Joseph Ballard and Miche Montague along with guest practitioners and actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company. No previous experience is necessary.

The Workshops are designed to help you try something new and interacting with other people once more, developing skills in performance and understanding theatre practice.

The Love of Theatre Seminar/Discussions will be conversation based, sharing ideas and thoughts based on the topics. More details about each discussion, plus links to other resources to prepare you, will be sent before each session. The events are open to all and you may want to contribute your thoughts or come along to listen and engage with other’s ideas.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Further instructions about your workshop and Zoom details for your online activities will be sent the day before the event itself.

Tue 3 Nov | 12-1pm | Theatre and Wellbeing

Love of Theatre Online Discussion

The arts are often advocated as a tool, a release, an exploration for and relief when considering the wider conversation of wellbeing. We’ll talk about the impact theatre can have on our daily lives and also those times when we may need it the most.

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Tue 3 Nov | 4.30 – 5.30pm | An Introduction to Theatre Skills

Online Workshop

Drama warm ups, games and fun activities to explore the different ways we can approach acting and making performance.

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Tue 10 Nov | 12-1pm | Theatres and Their Survival:
a conversation with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Love of Theatre Online Discussion 

How are arts organisations and theatres surviving and adapting in this current climate? We’ll be chatting with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company about how such an iconic much-loved stalwart of UK theatre has responded to the impact of the pandemic.

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Tue 10 Nov | 4.30 – 5.30pm | Introduction to Shakespeare 

Online Workshop

Some are born Shakespeare lovers, some achieve understanding of this plays, and others have Shakespeare thrust upon them.

There are many different ways to approach the work of William Shakespeare. This workshop will introduce you to the key elements of this works and some tools to help you bring his words to life.

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Tue 17 Nov | 12-1pm | Reliving Live Theatre – an actor’s calling with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Love of Theatre Online Discussion

– How does an actor – about to step onto one of the world’s most famous stages feel just before a show?
– What is the atmosphere like backstage during a show?
– With long seasons with many performances of the same play, how does the Royal Shakespeare Company approach each performance?
– How does an actor prepare for their debut with one of the world’s most famous theatrical companies?

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Tue 17 Nov | 4.30 – 5.30pm | An Introduction to The Winter’s Tale with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Online Workshop 

You may recall the famous line  ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’, but what is the play actually about?

The Royal Shakespeare Company have had to postpone their summer’s production but where did they start with it? How have they approached the play to make it relevant for today’s audiences?

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Wed 25 Nov | 6.30 – 8pm | Socially Distant But Close Enough Drama Workshop

Online Workshop 

(NOTE: This workshop has been rescheduled from Mon 23 Nov to Wed 25 Nov)

With social distancing in mind, this workshop will explore how we can present theatre in a safe and socially distant way.
How do you perform a proposal, a wedding or a romantic scene whilst keeping 2 metres apart? This workshop will combine theatre games, improvisation and short devising activities in small groups.

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Tue 24 Nov | 12-1pm | Supporting Theatre Going Forward

Love of Theatre Online Discussion

– How can audiences support the work of theatres and their shows both during and post Covid-19?
– We will also allow some time for reflecting on Brave New World and our series of discussion events.

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Wed 2 Dec | 6.30 – 8pm | The Language of Shakespeare on Stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Online Workshop

(NOTE: This workshop has been rescheduled from Mon 30 Nov to Wed 2 Dec)

As an actor, how would you begin to approach understanding rehearsing such famous words of the Bard?
We’ll be joined by a practitioner from the Royal Shakespeare Company to guide you with some tools, exercises and starting points for tackling the language of Shakespeare’s plays.

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