Divining Shakespeare: workshop for professional actors, Civic Theatre, 5 October

Coinciding with the production of Venus and Adonis at Civic Theatre as part of the Dublin Shakespeare Festival, there will be a workshop for professional actors on ‘Divining Shakespeare’. Further details on the theatre website:

DATE & TIME: Thursday 5 October // 10am – 6pm

LOCATION: Main Auditorium

TICKETS: FREE when you buy a full price ticket for Venus and Adonis

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As part of an ongoing commitment to the support of and engagement with professional theatre artists, the Civic Theatre will host a dedicated professional workshop.

‘Finding the truth through the verse’ lies at the heart of the puzzle of how to act Shakespeare. Hamlet gave the single clearest command when he instructed the players to speak it ‘trippingly on the tongue’, but what does that really mean? Are there specific techniques or approaches that empower the actor to merge with often dense, multi-layered text, to seem as if both are freshly coined together? This workshop will explore these and many other issues, including how our actors are born to play Shakespeare – but only if they stay true to being Irish first.

The workshop is open to professional actors only and is facilitated by Civic Artistic Director, Michael Barker-Caven. Michael is an internationally acclaimed theatre, musical and opera director who has worked extensively in London’s West End and directed dozens of award-winning shows in Ireland over the past 20 years. Michael has a lifelong love of Shakespeare with acclaimed productions of Richard III, Macbeth and Venus & Adonis to his name to name but a few.

Adequate time for meal breaks is given, though participants are responsible for their own meals.

The workshops are limited to 16 participants.

Suitable for professional actors only.

Minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

The workshop is free when you buy a ticket to Venus and Adonis at the Civic Theatre. Buy Tickets here.

Dublin Theatre Festival: Venus and Adonis, 3–7 October

Venus and Adonis, Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Little Angel Theatre, UK

Civic Theatre
Oct 3 & 5, 8pm Oct 4 & 7, 3pm & 8pm Oct 6, 5pm & 8pm
Tickets €25

A unique version of Shakespeare’s kaleidoscopic poem using narration, music and puppetry.  This little-known gem was Shakespeare’s first bestseller, weaving together comedy, tragedy and beautiful poetry to tell the raunchy story of Venus and her obsession with handsome Adonis.