Part of the Main: Playing with Shakespearean Text

October 30th


£15 Standard/£8 concessions 


Concessions pricing is for jobseekers, students, those who are disabled, on benefits, or anyone else who feels they benefit from a reduced cost ticket.

Workshop sessions will not be recorded, you will automatically be sent a workshop registration link upon booking.

We’ve all beat out an iambic pentameter rhythm in English class as we droned out ‘To be or not to be’ or ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’. When we perform Shakespeare as artists, we are constantly trying to find spontaneity in poetry patterns that audiences have repeated in school and a sense of discovery in familiar quotes. Jessica will offer participants techniques and exercises for getting into the text that draw from history and modern-day acting techniques.

  • Using history to make text new
  • finding character voice
  • Creating dialogue through soliloquies


About Instructor Jessica Bickel-Barlow

Jessica Bickel-Barlow is an American director living in London. Although she was first drawn to theatre through a love of Shakespeare and poetry, as she has moved around the US and across the pond, she has developed an interest in new writing, ensemble-driven theatre, and the relationship between theatres and their communities. Through Part of the Main, she hopes to further these interests by bringing the work of contemporary women writers to the stage, running rehearsal rooms that grant women performers the power to shape their work, and by creating spaces for female audiences to think about the issues most important to them. To this work she brings an undergraduate degree in Film and English Literature from Northwestern University, an MA in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London, and her experiences as a student and performer in the training programs at the British American Dramatic Academy, the University of Texas – Shakespeare at Winedale, and Make Trouble. She is currently studying directing at the Guildford School of Acting.



Published on:
23 Oct 2020


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