SHAPE OF THE DAY (timings approximate):
10.15am Doors open (tea, coffee and biscuits provided)
10.30 am Introduction and warm up
10.45 – 1.45 Read the whole play on its feet, re-casting Act by Act (a fifteen minute break to be taken after Act 3)
2.45- 3.15 Discussion
3.15-3.45 Back to the text for further exploration – scene work, solo work, further discussion etc.
4.00 – 5.30 Show and Tell: Presenting work explored in the afternoon session
5.30 – 6 Final discussion and Round-up
What do I need to bring?
A copy of the play, and lunch. Refreshments are available in the Jerwood café, and the venue includes a kitchenette with kettle and microwave. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
How long is a workshop?
Starts 10.30am, ends 6pm. Someone from Scaffold will be there to welcome you from 10.15am. For the shape of the day in full, including when breaks are taken, see ‘Shape of the Day’ at the bottom of this page.
What does the day involve?
We will read the play as a group in the morning. In the afternoon, participants have the opportunity to look more closely at any aspect of the play they wish. For a full run down of the day, see ‘Shape of the Day’ at the bottom of this page.
How many people will be at the workshop?
The maximum capacity for regular workshops is 20 people. Masterclasses may have a capacity of more or less depending on the nature of the workshop, in which case the number of places will be clearly advertised. Workshops are led by a Scaffold Shakespeare Company Artistic Director.
How much does it cost?
Only £15 per workshop!
Can I just observe?
All aspects of involvement in the workshop are on a voluntary basis – once you’ve paid your entry, you can manage your involvement on the day with no obligation to read if you don’t want to. With such a reasonably priced workshop, though, we don’t offer a reduced price for those wishing to observe only.
Where are the workshops?
JERWOOD SPACE ,171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN – here’s a link to directions and map
How do I book and pay?
You can book for one or more workshops at a time. To receive your discount select 2 or more days and proceed to checkout. When you are on the “CART” page please enter the relevant Coupon Code:
2 Workshops – “2for20f“
3 Workshops– “3for30“
4 Workshops – “4for40“
and click “APPLY COUPON“. This will then provide you with a discount.
PLEASE NOTE: Each discount code will only work for the relevant number of workshop when you are purchasing more than one at one time.
Can I just turn up on the day?
You may, but there is no guarantee of a place. You can pay on the day online via your smartphone or other device. We can accept cash
How do I cancel my booking?
Once a booking has been made it is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, your booking is transferable to another workshop at the same price, or used as a discount on a future masterclass.
“Scaffold approach Shakespeare with vigour, rigour, and a relentlessly enquiring mind. Their workshops are inclusive, incisive and playful. It is well worth joining the Scaffold family.”
– Giles Taylor, actor, Shakespeare consultant, author of Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric
“When I think of Scaffold, I can’t believe my luck. An opportunity to speak all the plays and the sonnets, applying all we feel and learn from the text to our world today, whilst in the company of Shakespeare beginners and die-hards. It’s incredible. New friends, endless possibilities. The workshops are well structured, and comfortable, it is nothing but a safe environment. I cannot recommend these unique, priceless Scaffold Shakespeare workshops enough. There is nothing else like it. I consider them essential to my acting career and development.”
– Ayesha Casely-Hayford, actor
Our Guiding Principles
Openness – we believe Shakespeare can be for anyone, so there is no experience necessary to join a workshop. When reading the play, parts are cast by volunteering, so you can manage your own involvement on the day; and crucially anyone can read any part.
Our workshop venue is fully accessible. If you have access needs and wish to get in touch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fresh Eyes – we all have some kind of relationship to Shakespeare, from learning it at school, performing it, seeing, reading it and so on; this history inevitably carries with it certain ‘burdens’ – good and bad. To see these plays with as fresh eyes as we can muster, we encourage you to acknowledge your ‘burdens’, put them to one side for the day (as much as possible) and try to explore the work as if for the first time.
Healthy Disagreement – we encourage you to be bold with ideas, questions, thoughts and expressing your response to the work. Shakespeare’s plays are full of options and open to interpretation (we believe there is no one way they ‘should’ be done), so be prepared to disagree in a healthy way – with each other, with Shakespeare, with yourself.