Masterclass: Shakespeare’s Songs
“She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i’ the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek: she pined in thought,
And with a green and yellow melancholy
She sat like patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed?”
Workshop 1 – 11th January
First readthrough and discussions.
Topics explored included:
2.4 – Orsino and Viola
Women in charge
Antonio and Sebastian
Fabian and Maria elision
Death – grief
What is the world?
Madness and Ghosts
Season and Time
Friendships – are there any?
Has Feste been in love?
Why those songs?
“In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”
Workshop 2 – 18th January
Masterclass: Shakespeare’s Songs – Richard Brown
A practical exploration of music and song in Shakespeare. Suitable for all ranges of musical and singing ability. Richard was Musical Director for over 200 productions with the RSC, and his 40+year career has seen him work with the most illustrious theatre-makers of recent times. Also a composer and teacher, Richard is currently Head of Music at East 15.
“What is love? ’tis not hereafter,
Present mirth hath present laughter,
What ‘s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,
Then come kiss me, sweet-and-twenty!
Youth ‘s a stuff will not endure.”
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