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Shakespeare- Reading between the Lines

An interactive and physical workshop around the wonderful work of Shakespeare and the very important underlying rhythm of his work. Blank Verse and Prose- what are these, how do they work? This will be revealed and explained through the students experimenting with a few key rhythmic exercises to explore the text. Through using and understanding Iambic Pentameter, the students will read Shakespeare as it was intended and in turn gain a better grasp of the text. The rhythm is the key and within it the students will also find hidden clues about word pronunciation, intonation and character. This workshop will help the students break down those “Shakespeare is difficult” barriers. Suitable for English or Drama students.

Artist Information

Nicole Jorgensen / Imaginaire Entertainment

Website: http://www.imaginaire.co.nz

Phone: +64275897474 or (09) 962 4257

Email: info@imaginaire.co.nz

Qualifications

Professional Actor and Children's Entertainer

BPSA Unitec - Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Acting.

Director of Imaginaire Entertainment, children's entertainment company.

Founding member of The Outfit Theatre Company.

Work in Schools:

2009- Artist in Residence- Pakuranga College

2009- Drama Tutor, Scholarship to Special Needs- Pakuranga College

Arts Coordinator- Pakuranga College

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Cross Arts, Drama

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Iambic Pentameter, Prose

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Auckland

Space and Resources Required: Large Classroom with no Desks

Indicative Costs:

  • $80.00 per hour
  • Travel: Travel Charge may apply
  • Materials: $1.00 per student

Mode of Delivery: Workshop

Cultural Context: European, European, Asian, Pasifika, Maori

References:

Student Comments: Learning Iambic Pentameter in your workshop has made reading Shakespeare a lot easier. ~Y13 English Student. -------- I have learnt about the structure of Shakespeare’s writing, and how to analyse the rhythm and structure to find meaning. I could use this new material in my English essays, providing more in-depth analysis. ~Y13 English Student. -------- I have learnt finally, to understand what Iambic Pentameter is. I think I will be able to add something a little bit different to my essays. ~Y13 English Student. -------- It has helped me to develop ideas about a character through the way they speak, either in prose or iambic pentameter. ~Y13 English Student. --------

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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