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The Dutch Factory is the crossroad where actors, dancers and singers share their qualities and ideas. The exciting place of progressive experiment and the genesis of curiosity and creativity.
24 & 25 March 2018
Saturday 24th March 13.00 – 19.00 hr
Sunday 25th March 11.00 – 17.00 hr
Location: t.b.a. (Amsterdam city)
Price: €150,- excl. btw
Registration: please send us an email
Please register as soon as possible - spots are limited
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This two-day workshop is for anyone and everyone interested in learning more about Shakespeare. Explore why Shakespeare is for everyone, and if done well can be an engaging, life changing experience - even for those most intimidated by his writing.
Perfect for (experienced) actors looking to deepen their skills and understanding of classical text. You will learn techniques and exercises geared towards all skill levels.
We also invite drama and English teachers looking to expand their tool kit.
What will you learn?
- Deep understanding of Shakespeare’s use of language, imagery, and verse structure
- Drama techniques to explore Shakespeare texts and plays
- Explore the concept of these plays as a blueprint for conversation and debate, as opposed to an old text meant to “get right”.
- Explore and understand the audiences active role in making Shakespeare’s text come alive.
- How to truly connect with an audience in both scene work and soliloquy (internal monologue).
We will work with Richard III, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You will be asked to learn a dialogue and a monologue - which will be send to you after registration.
About Kevin Bennett
Originally from Vancouver Canada, Kevin is a theatre director who has travelled the world working on plays with a special focus on activating Shakespeare’s language. After spending two seasons at Canada’s Stratford Festival as an assistant director and participant in their Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, Kevin began working with Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London. First as an assistant director, and subsequently he travelled the world as the associate director for their production of The Merchant Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock. During this world tour Kevin had the opportunity to teach Shakespeare in the UK, USA and China to students and teachers of all experience levels.
Most recently, Kevin has been back in Canada directing large scale productions of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III at the Shaw Festival theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake (a production featured in The Wall Street Journal’s top ten shows of 2017) and Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre company (a contemporary take on a Shakespearean history play). This coming spring he will be returning to the Shaw Festival to co-direct Henry V with renowned British Shakespearean director Tim Carroll.
He also has been helping launch a new initiative in Vancouver’s inner city directing an immersive production of Romeo and Juliet starring both disadvantaged youth and professional actors.
Kevin has directed Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and been an associate or assistant director on The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, King John, The Winter’s Tale and many other non-Shakespearean plays!