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Friday, 15 January 2021 13:33

RSC Actors Niamh Cusack and Finbar Lynch Deliver Shakespeare Masterclass

Shakespeare MasterclassTo start the new term DSL graduating students were treated to an online Shakespeare Masterclass with RSC leading actors Niamh Cusack and Finbar Lynch.

Working with seven students on soliloquies from four different plays, Niamh and Finbar illustrated an approach that was rooted in a detailed understanding of all the clues Shakespeare provides in the text – from the iambic rhythm, short lines, and ends of lines, to punctuation and rhyme. By working with students on marking changes of thought through simple exercises, finding reality in the specific, and creating a relationship with the audience (or in the case of zoom, with the camera) they were able to unlock clarity, energy and detail in performance.

It was exhilarating for the students and audience alike.

Read more about DSL's Industry Talks and Masterclasses.