Workshops tackle Shakespeare’s language
Actors planning to audition for the Summer Shakespeare at Auckland University can get a helping hand from acclaimed New Zealand actress Lisa Harrow.
Ms Harrow will be at the university this weekend to host a two-day workshop on auditioning Shakespeare’s language.
The workshop is intended in particular to support actors planning to audition for Pericles, Prince of Tyre, directed by Geoff Allen, to be
in March performed year.
Ms Harrow directed the 2013 Summer Shakespeare on King Lear.
Her love of Shakespeare’s plays dates back to her childhood when she was just 10 years old and reading Tales from Shakespeare, an adaptation for children of Shakespeare’s plays written by Charles Lamb and his sister Mary Lamb in 1807.
The book got her started reading Shakespeare’s plays.
‘‘I Night’s read A Midsummer
Dream and the language just leapt off the page at me
‘‘I made up my mind that I was going to go to Stratfordupon-Avon and act in Shakespeare.’’
She initially studied arts for a year at the university and has fond memories of her time on campus including English lectures by Professor Sydney Musgrove, who created the university’s Summer Shakespeare in 1963.
She studied at RADA in London before fulfilling her dream to act in Shakespearean plays in Stratfordupon-Avon and going on to become an acclaimed theatre and television actor.
Ms Harrow enjoys returning to the university.
‘‘The most important thing for me is the racial diversity now; it used to be that most of the students were Pakeha.’’
Ms Harrow says the workshops will help actors connect to the words.
‘‘In the theatre – particularly with Shakespeare – the actor is required to relish the language, you can’t mumble Shakespeare.
‘‘Once you’ve learnt to unlock the secrets of the text it makes it so much more rewarding for the actor and the audience.’’
Participants can attend one or both workshops.
They should prepare an audition-length Shakespeare monologue to present and bring a print-out of the mono- logue for Ms Harrow and fellow hosts to follow during the audition.
Places are limited to 30 people by advance registration to t.bishop@ auckland.ac.nz.
The workshops are on Saturday and Sunday in the university’s drama studio, Level 3, 14A Symonds St (Building 206) between 10am and 5pm.
Auditions for Pericles, Prince of Tyre will be held in early November.