Give the words room to breathe – a workshop with Yorgos

After a long hiatus I finally made it to another text intensive workshop with the amazing Yorgos Karamalegos of Tmesis Theatre and LAMDA. The workshops explore ways of using the body to connect with the play text of a character, and help you ‘get out of your head’ when preparing a role. This time we…

Taste the emotion

Recently I had the pleasure of returning to LAMDA to take part in another workshop with the genius that is Yorgos Karamalegos. Yorgos teaches physical theatre at LAMDA and various other high profile drama schools, and I first discovered the magic of his teaching at the month-long Shakespeare workshop at LAMDA last summer. Yorgos’s workshops…

The LAMDA Legacy – turning strangers into smiles

So the adventure is over… for now. Four weeks of laughing, crying, playing, living and breathing Shakespeare, practicing historic dance steps in swishy skirts, prancing around with childlike glee, slurping coffee on the way to school, contorting myself to avoid a faceful of armpit on the morning tube ride, dancing barefoot like there’s no-one watching,…

LAMDA week three – letting go

As the physical theatre classes have increased with intensity, the singing classes introduced me to the wonder of my ‘head voice’ (quite a revelation for me actually!), and the scene study sessions frustrated me more and more with my general crapness, I have discovered the importance of ‘letting go’. If last week I made the…

LAMDA week 2 – be brave

My second week on the Shakespeare summer workshop at LAMDA has been one of great discovery. I realise that in order to be a good actor and understand each character you play you must first understand yourself. Such has been the nature of the week – a period of real self-discovery. Naturally, I have unearthed…

Stratford-upon-Avon and an RSC workshop

On the third day of the LAMDA Shakespeare workshop we piled into a coach and headed to Stratford-upon-Avon for a three-day trip. The itinerary included three plays and an RSC workshop, so was a highlight of the course for many of us. Having never been to Stratford before or seen the RSC in action, I…

Welcome to LAMDA!

Ok, so it’s the end of my second day here at LAMDA on the four-week Shakespeare summer school, or ‘workshop’ as they call it. I’m living in London for the month, renting a room in Finsbury Park, so not only is it a Shakespeare mini adventure, it’s also a London mini adventure. I’m getting used…