Bit of a belated post but…
I went to the Royal Shakespeare Company on Monday for a 2 day workshop. I was chosen as one of 2 representatives of Drama Studio London to go and I was so honoured to be given the chance…
After losing my voice on the Friday before, I was nervous about my health going into the workshop and it didn’t stop there… I woke up the next morning with a huge rash that covered my entire body, but I won’t go into that too much!
The workshop itself didn’t involve anything majorly different than classes that we do at drama school, which is good because it shows we’re getting a really good training!
We did a vocal warm up in a rehearsal room in the roof of the building. (The big turret that you see). That was incredible. Then we went down onto the RST stage and did a text workshop.
Standing on that beautiful raked stage, which is the largest thrust staging in Europe, was an experience that I will never forget. I stood right in the centre and looked up to the upper circle, breathed in and thought “I will be here one day.” There was a tour of the RSC going on so some students were sat in the dress circle and the tourists were saying “These are some of the actors from Henry IV Part 2 which is going on tonight.” I couldn’t help but laugh, because it is my dream that one day this statement will be true!
To have stood on the same stage as some of the most inspirational actors of our time, was a true dream come true. Actors such as Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Alan Rickman… The list goes on.
After a few more workshops, we then watched Henry IV Part 2. I really really enjoyed it and Anthony Sher as Falstaff stole the show. Falstaff is written all in prose, but Sher had a way of making this prose sound like verse, which I’ve never seen done before. It was an inspiration.
The next day consisted of more textual workshops and a Q&A with the top casting director at the RSC. I found out that her office was next door to the theatre I performed at in Earlham Street over the summer! That was very interesting and I learnt a lot from that.
Overall, I had the best time but it has also given me a goal. Before, if someone asked me “What do you want to do?” I would say “Whatever I can get!” … Now I can say “SHAKESPEARE SHAKESPEARE SHAKESPEARE SHAKESPEARE!”
It’s may aim to get there in 5 years. And I WILL fulfil that dream.