For three days only, Natural Shocks return to Dublin with a new series of:

An Actor Prepares – Shakespeare

Artistic director and Royal Shakespeare Company alumni, Donnacadh O’Briain, leads a series of tailored workshops for actors on how to approach, unpick and inhabit Shakespeare’s text, at The Gate Theatre’s Lab space.

“I feel inspired and emboldened.”
“Of all of the Shakespeare classes and workshops I’ve taken, this was the most useful… I’ve never understood it from an actors’ perspective before. I feel like I’m not just guessing Shakespeare anymore…”
“I feel more confident that I have practical tools I can use when first approaching any text”

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Actors can apply to take part in day 1, day’s 2 & 3 or all three days.

Day 1 (Nov 9th)

An Actor Prepares – Shakespeare | Intro & Monologue

An intensive introduction to approaching and playing Shakespeare. Participating actors will work in detail on a number of speeches and duologues from across a broad range of plays as well as one prepared speech of their choice, with the director. This workshop is a detailed and thorough look at approaching Shakespeare as a working actor, full of practical tools and exercises, which can be applied to any text.

Day’s 2 & 3 (Nov 10th – 11thth)

An Actor Prepares – Shakespeare | Scene

Over two days the participating actors will work together and with the director to unlock the dramatic potential of their scene, making bold and exciting choices, routed in an intimate understanding of the text, and a freeing of the instinct. Participants will leave with the tools that will enable them to tackle a complex and poetic script with confidence. Actors will be given with the scene in advance.

The Director:

Donnacadh O’Briain… is based in both Dublin and London; the Irish Independent has called him ‘an authority on Shakespeare on stage’, and his Shakespeare productions have been described by the Irish Times as ‘inspired’ and ‘as good as it gets’. Up coming projects include, directing a revival of his award winning production of Mathematics of the Heart, at London’s Theatre 503, as well as a touring production of The Tempest, playing across the UK and Europe, including runs on London and Dublin. Recent work includes directing Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at Theatro dell’orologio, Rome. Work in Ireland & the UK includes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Richard III (Better Bankside Shakespeare Award) and King Lear (Second Age). He spent three years with the Royal Shakespeare Company working on ten productions including the multi award-winning Histories Cycle (The Guardian’s ‘Production of the Decade’). He has directed new plays and adaptations in London, Dublin and Edinburgh including The Comical Mysteries; Kilt; Hush; Blue Velvet; Mathematics of the Heart and Between Life and Nowhere. His recent London production, The Early Bird (Critics Choice – Independent on Sunday), transferred to Project Arts Centre, ‘an imaginative tour-de-force’, Sunday Times. Amongst others, he has worked with Kneehigh, Complicité, The Gate Theatre and the National Theatre Studio. He has taught acting at a Guildhall, Guildford, Birmingham and Mountview; his mentors include the RSC’s Artistic Director Michael Boyd and Voice Director Cicely Berry.

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Who Is this for?

The workshop is aimed at actors working in the profession, though recent graduates will be considered.

Note: Directors are also invited to apply to observe either workshop – these places are limited to one director per workshop.

How to Apply?
To apply, please email a CV to naturalshockstheatre@gmail.com

The deadline for applications is Friday 4th of November. (late applications may be accepted for Day 1, space permitting)

How much does it cost?
1 Day: €50 | 2 Days: €100 | 3 Days: €150

For more information email: naturalshockstheatre@gmail.com