Performing classical text | A masterclass in techniques and approaches

11:15 - 12:00

A 45-minute session from the National Youth Theatre, exploring and sharing best practice to teach students approaches to auditioning with classical texts.

Delegates will learn how to help their students to arrive with an audition speech from a Shakespearean text and leave with a confident performance, knowing how to unpick classical texts and explore 'ways in' to monologues, how to present themselves in an audition situation.

A peer-learning section will allow educators to share if they wish, their go-to intro exercises. Sharing practice is always a great way to discover new techniques and enrich students learning by equipping educators with a larger pool of resources. At the end of the session, there will be a chance to ask the workshop leader questions.

By the end of the session, participants should:

  • Have a series of games and exercises they can use to engage young people
  • Be able to identify areas of others’ practices that might inform their own
  • Be able to teach young people how to explore Shakespearean text and feel confident using it for an audition
  • Know how to hold a mock audition panel to prepare students.
This practical workshop will give educators the chance to experience exercises they can use with their students.

Suitable for Key Stages 3-5.

National Youth Theatre, National Youth Theatre

Nathan Crossan-Smith, Associate Artist, National Youth Theatre