Shakespeare: an Experiential Workshop, Level 2

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Two men on a stage turning towards each other, both are holding a script

Key information:

Course dates:
Wednesdays, 25 Jan - 01 March 2022
Course times:
Art form:
5pm, Friday 20 January 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Evening | Spring

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity. 

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Wednesday evenings, 25 January, 01, 08, 15, 22 February and 01 March 2022
7pm–9pm weekly

About Shakespeare: an Experiential Workshop, Level 2

This six-week evening course will take your classical acting to the next level in a series of fun sessions, that will equip you with tools to perfect your Shakespeare. Refresh your knowledge of the basics and dive into what it is that makes the sophisticated classical actor. The course will be divided between practical work, group discussion and lectures.

Who is the course for?

  • Those who wish to further their skills having already completed a previous introductory level course (e.g. Shakespeare: An Experiential Workshop, Level 1).
  • Those who have not completed the introductory level, but feel very confident in handling Shakespeare's language and are happy to be learning in a fast-paced learning environment.
  • Those considering acting training and/or are already in the industry and wish to refresh their skills.

What can I expect?

This is a practical acting workshop during which you will explore and develop your knowledge of the following:

  • Working with ease and believability
  • Iambic pentameter
  • Thought structure
  • Shakespeare's use of sound and what it unlocks
  • Approaching fresh texts with sophistication and confidence
  • Finding a unique performance

You can expect to:

  • Work in an interactive group workshop environment: learn both from your own practical exploration and from watching others work
  • Work on a monologue which will be presented to the rest of the group in an informal 'sharing' at the end of the course
  • Experience what it is like to be directed and to work on a challenging level
  • Get a 'potted vocal warm up' under your belt
  • Feel confident you have a checklist of practical exercises to apply to Shakespearean verse

Those who have completed Shakespeare: An Experiential Workshop, Level 1 will be able to consolidate their learning and take their knowledge and experiences to the next level of sophistication.

Do I need anything for the course?

  • There will be required reading and a brief written exercise prior to the start of the course
  • You will be given optional homework (written and/or practical) of which completion is recommended to gain the most out of the course (about one hour per week).
  • Attendance of all six sessions is recommended to allow progression of learning and for the benefit of the group as a whole.

Course Fee


Book Now

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity. 


  • For everyone aged 18+.
  • Fluent English language skills are essential to cope with course demands as you will be required to read and perform complex texts.
  • A good grasp of Shakespeare's language is also recommended, i.e. those who have previously performed Shakespeare in an educational, amateur or professional level.

About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Mariah Gale

Mariah Gale trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is an Associate Artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has an extensive acting CV performing both contemporary and classical leading roles at major institutions on stage and screen. She has directed the second year Shakespeare project at Guildhall School, where she is also a panellist.

Her roles have included Queen Margaret, Juliet and Ophelia at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hero and Isabella at Shakespeare's Globe and Viola at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. She has performed Shakespeare for Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles.

Mariah was awarded the Laurence Olivier bursary whilst at Guildhall School. Other awards include the Ian Charleson Award (First Prize), the Time Out Live Award and the Critics' Choice Award, as well as a nomination for Best Actress with the Evening Standard and a Best Leading Actor nomination with the OFFIE Awards.

Her TV credits include The GreatDr WhoBroadchurch, Death comes to PemberleyNew TricksGrantchesterFather BrownLucky ManThe Hollow CrownSkinsThe Diary of Anne Frank and Oliver Twist. Film includes HamletRare BeastsAbraham's Point and Hercules 3D. Radio includes Brian Gulliver's Travels, seasons I and II.

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