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Young Actor's Shakespeare Intensive

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Unravel the riddle of Shakespeare's text

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE) is proudly presenting their popular annual Young Actor's Shakespeare Intensive program during the upcoming winter school holidays. Bookings are now open and places are strictly limited.

Running over four exciting days (4th - 7th July 2017), this unique drama program will see high school students unravel the riddle of Shakespeare's text through interactive exercises and techniques utilised by QSE's Core Ensemble. The course concludes with a work-in-progress showcase for friends and family.

Production Shots from The Tempest (top) and Titus (bottom)

Founded in 2001, QSE has gained a reputation for energetic and unique productions of Shakespeare's plays. The Ensemble have chosen to focus on the works of Shakespeare as they believe his language is the ultimate actor training and community building tool.

Shakespeare's plays were conceived at a time when language was rhythmic and physical and when performed, he challenged theatre artists to act boldly and speak with desire. Today QSE aims to share this spirit with live audiences and also demonstrate that when actors train together, exchange skills and experiences and show a sense of belonging with one other, the resulting performance is at its most potent and compelling.

The school holiday program is specifically designed for high school students in Years 8 to 12 and is led by QSE's Core Ensemble members Rebecca Murphy and Anthea Patrick, who are both accomplished Shakespeare actors.

Rebecca and Anthea are thrilled to be facilitating the Young Actor's Shakespeare Intensive in 2017. They are both passionate performers with a combined experience of over 30 years experience as private acting coaches.

As a teacher and workshop facilitator Rebecca has taught drama and dance in a number of extracurricular and in-school programs and for companies including QSE, Tropical Arts, The Light Ensemble, and Underground Productions.

Production Shots from Twelfth Night

Anthea is a private acting tutor and director of the Drama Ensemble at Lourdes Hill College, as well as a a resident story-teller and workshop facilitator in The Corner at the State Library of Queensland.

Held in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere, Rebecca and Anthea will help students connect to Shakespeare's words and gain the confidence to deliver Shakespeare's plays and speeches with clarity of thought, emotional engagement and physical embodiment. Each student will:

  • Work on and perform a Shakespeare speech

  • Explore advanced techniques used in practice by professional Shakespeare actors

  • Experience training as an ensemble

  • Receive focused attention from facilitators

  • Participate in specialised workshops with YASI facilitators, Bec and Ant, guest facilitators, Silvan Rus & Rob Pensalfini: Rhythm & Verse with Bec, Action of the Words with Ant, Music & Shakespeare with Silvan (2016 Matilda Award nominee for Best Sound Design / Composition), and Move your Vowels with Rob (Artistic Director of QSE / Associate Professor UQ in Linguistics & Drama).

    Participants in the Young Actor's Shakespeare Intensive will also receive a FREE ticket to QSE's main stage production, "The Winter's Tale", providing the young actors with an opportunity to see the Core Ensemble (including YASI facilitators) bring these specialised acting techniques to life on stage!


    Bookings are now open for this unique school holiday program. To register your child's interest, please click here and complete the online form. The participation fee is $330, plus membership ($20 paid once annually and covers all activities for the calendar year - click here for benefits).

    The Young Actor's Shakespeare Intensive program will run Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th July 2017 from 9:30am to 4:30pm at Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, University of Queensland.


    The QSE have a strong focus on community and are dedicated to making Shakespeare accessible to all. Some of QSE's community strategies include Shakespeare Prison Project, A Night at the Theatre and their new initiative Relaxed Performances (find out more via the QSE website). This community focus is also reflected in QSE training through delivering specialised content, small group size and competitively low fees.

    For more information on the curriculum or QSE, please visit the official website and 'like' the Facebook profile. If you have an enquiry, please email Paige at training@qldshakespeare.org

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    When: Tuesday 4th - Friday 7th July, 2017 (9.30am - 4.30pm)
    Where: Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, University of Queensland
    Cost: $350 (Includes QSE Membership)
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