Friday  3rd July to Thursday 9th July 2020


Join me for an intensive six days of exciting text detection and play building.

Dive into the script like never before in a workshop with a million tips, tricks and resources all laid out in a dynamic and fun way. Dozens of exercises to help firm up and build the foundations and secure the world of this play. Establishing good collaboration, team building and ensemble etiquette.

Study will include:

Monologues, Duologues, Scenes, Sonnets, Rhetoric explored, Actioning investigated,

Scene building. Chorus,Text detection. Building the key.

This six day course is suitable for any Shakespeare enthusiast and provides the perfect opportunity for you to immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s texts and develop your knowledge and understanding of his plays and poetry.

"The whole week was well structured, moved at the right pace for the class as a whole (Michael checked frequently along the way), we were a mutually supportive group that bonded quickly and basically we were in such good hands - what's not to like??"


At the same time you will gain insights into the creative processes that underpin how a company works as this course also has an ensemble element built in!

The course draws on the classical aspects of my core teaching.  Four decades as a classical actor, director, voice and text practitioner and teacher combining the rehearsal of text with classes in essential skills.

I bring a wealth of knowledge to the table not least the last 10 years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, my passion for voice and language and my love of teaching.

"For me the highlight of this summer school was the absolute professionalism of the course tutor - he was so inspiring and encouraging.

Michael is an inspirational tutor who makes you just want to get out there and do some Shakespeare immediately!"

This intensive six day summer school aims to develop acting, movement and voice skills

which are required to creatively engage with heightened classical text.

  • Throughout the course you will work in an immersive way to develop understanding, explore established and innovative practice, and apply new knowledge in a practical and professional setting.

  • Become acquainted with the essentials of textual analysis

  • Learn how to explore heightened text, verse-speaking and imagery and explore

  • techniques which can enhance character development and story-telling

  • Gain an understanding of how to embody the voice and explore physicality in the performance of classical texts

 "This is a major opportunity to experience a visceral connection to sounds, words and text allowing words to live in space un-hindered by expectations.  Michael has a genius tool box which opens and is full of tried and tested exercises that slowly build freeing sounds and words without looking for immediate sense or emotional logic. His secure, safe and fun exploration builds and maintains a way into text before we approach it in a more academic way.  His environment is safe and unthreatening and great fun! I didn’t need to know anything! No prior knowledge or experience with Shakespeare is necessary!"

Arriving on Friday afternoon we will meet over tea and cake.  Getting to know each other over dinner we will work in an intensive way over the next six days using a light and airy studio and the glorious local countryside. 

All tuition, course materials and lunches included.  You can book your own accommodation from the wide range available within walking distance from the studio or in the surrounding area.


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