Curious about Shakespeare,
a.k.a. 'The Bard'?
Then join our 8-week introduction to Shakespeare course - "Shakespeare Unplugged - Demystifying Shakespeare"
Next intake starts October 15 -
taking bookings till October 12 unless sold out prior
When: 7.30pm-9.30pm, Tuesday nights for 8 weeks, from October 15 to December 3
Where: Perform Australia studios, 11 Whyalla St, Fyshwick, ACT
Ever wondered what Shakespeare's all about? Want to try Shakespearean acting?
In this 8-week introduction to Shakespeare, you'll meet some of his major plays and genres. Far from being boring, Shakespeare wrote comedy, tragedy, drama and history. You'll gain an understanding of Shakespeare's context and the influences on his work, as well as his own life, and become familiar with some of his biggest characters - like Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and their respective partners, Ophelia, Desdemona and Lady Macbeth, along with the likes of Prince Hal, Falstaff, Bottom, and many more.
Plus, best of all, you'll put your newly acquired knowledge to good use by working towards a theatrical performance of Shakespearean scenes in the final week of the course. You'll face the challenges of Shakespeare head-on, and hopefully walk away with a newfound love of the Bard and his work.
Why you should do this course right now
Reason #1: Your tutor knows what he's talking about
James Scott is an actor and director who has been involved in many Shakespearean works.
So he knows what he's talking about. (He's even been to Shakespeare's birthplace in England!) Along with being co-founder and Director of Artistic Development at Perform Australia, James holds a Diploma of Performance from the Actors' College of Theatre and Television and a Master of Arts Practice in Acting from Charles Sturt University, as well as a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training. James's performance credits include a wide range of stage and screen projects over more than 25 years. Shakespeare-related works he has acted in and/or directed include the comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (2015), Macbeth (2013), Twelfth Night (2015), Henry Five (2016), which was an adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017), and Hamlet. On A Boat. (2019), among several others.
Reason #2: You'll improve your skills as an actor
Studying Shakespeare poses a couple of challenges for the actor. Not only do you wrestle with all the usual aspects of developing a character for performance, but there's the extra challenge of using Shakespearean language. So whether you're playing a deadly serious moment standing between bodies strewn about the stage at the end of Hamlet, or inviting laughter as a man who's grown donkey ears in A Midsummer Night's Dream, there are specific skills the Shakespeare needs to deliver a memorable performance. Your tutor will direct you in such a way as to help you get the most out of your Shakespearean acting.
Reason #3: It'll be fun and challenging
Our courses at Perform Australia are designed to both educate and entertain. So you'll have fun as you meet and work with other actors, and you'll also have fun learning the actor's craft. That's not to say there won't be challenges - because while some people absolutely adore Shakespeare, the reality is, not everyone's read or seen any Shakespeare before, and his work can sometimes be hard to understand at first. But while it may be challenging to tackle some Shakespearean text, you can also be assured that you'll be working on it in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, so you'll have fun but also feel like you're learning. Whether you're a Shakespeare-lover or it's completely new, you'll get something out of this course.
More reasons to join this course
#5: You get to perform in a theatre
Perform Australia has a fantastic warehouse theatre at our premises in Fyshwick. You and your classmates will get to perform some Shakespearean scenes on stage when you do this course - and you can invite family and friends to come along ... if you dare!
#6: You'll join the Perform Australia community
When you do a course at Perform Australia, you meet your "tribe". You'll meet other actors - people to network with, to work on projects with, and simply to dialogue with. Our students say they enjoy being a part of our artistic community.
What Our Students Say
I have never really done acting/drama before, but have always wanted to give it a go. Now that I have, I am in love - so I will be looking to continue learning."