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Shakespeare: From Page to Stage

page_to_stage-compressedLed by Samuel Yates

When & Where

Tues, 16 Dec 2008
Spooky Hall

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This practical workshop is for actors and directors who are interesting in learning some tricks and techniques for understanding and performing Shakespeare.

The workshop will cover these areas, among others:

  • How to make sense of Shakespeare.
  • How to analyse a text and translate this analysis into live performance.
  • How breathing and warm ups are an essential part of performing and understanding Shakespeare.
  • A host of useful tricks and techniques to consider when directing and performing Shakespeare.

Those with little or no experience of reading, watching or performing Shakespeare are encouraged to attend, as are those with more experience.

Places are strictly limited, so don’t delay. Sign-up details are given below.

About the Workshop Leader

Sam Yates is a Bushfutures Associate of the Bush Theatre, London. He directed The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a reading of the verse play The Turke by John Mason at The Arcola Theatre, London. He has attended Shakespeare workshops with Rupert Goold, Dominic Cooke, Josie Rourke, Piorte Borovski, Tom Cornford and Sir Ian McKellen. He has worked as assistant director to Rachel Kavanaugh (Uncle Vanya, Birmingham Rep), Paul Raffield, (Hysteria, Birmingham Rep), Josie Rourke (How to Curse, Bush Theatre, and Burying Your Brother in the Pavement, National Theatre, London), and twice with Phyllida Lloyd, (Wise Children, National Theatre Studio, London; Verdi’s Macbeth, Royal Opera House, London).

He worked as Broadcast Assistant on over twenty productions for BBC Radio Drama. Most recently he directed Mamet’s Oleanna at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. As an actor he has performed in Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Golden Ass, and in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at the National Theatre and UK Tour.

Next year, he goes on to work as Michael Grandage’s Associate Director on Madame De Sade with Dame Judi Dench and Rosamond Pike, part of the Donmar West End season.


Practical Details



Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 (7-10pm)

Spooky Hall (Hong Kong Players’ rehearsal space) – for directions, please click here
HKD 300
Minimum age 16

To sign up, please contact Stephen Bolton (