DATE: May, 2013
TIME: 10:00 am
VENUE: Make Believe Arts
Henry VI part 1
Masterclass: Status and Elizabethan Politics May, 2013
“Where is my other life? mine own is gone.
O, where’s young Talbot? where is valiant John?”

WORKSHOP 1 – 12th May

First readthrough and discussions.

Topics explored included:

Joan – sex, power, sainthood and madness
The women using sex as power
Comedy punchlines at the end of scenes
Accents – comedy French?
The baby is the conch
The Roses scene
Conflict in France and quarrels at home
Henry’s age – does it change?
The Talbot couplets
Talbot’s heart
How do you tell this story? Does the play need size?
WTF corner

WORKSHOP 2 – 26th May

Masterclass: Status and Elizabethan Politics – Tom Latter

Combining a practical examination of character status with a look at Elizabethan political ideas. How do we represent power on stage? How can knowledge of the politics of Shakespeare’s time inform our choices when staging the Histories?

“Come, let us four to dinner: I dare say
This quarrel will drink blood another day.”
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