Exploring Text – Bringing Shakespeare to Life

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Course Overview

Take a deep dive into textual analysis and the power of words!

Fall in love with Shakespeare through physical and vocal exploration, ensemble work and textual analysis. 

Working with acclaimed actor Darcy Kent, this workshop series will be a practical and dynamic introduction to performing Shakespeare’s work. 

Inspired by Shakespeare’s deep exploration of the human experience, Darcy teaches students to find creative liberation through timeless narrative, moment-to-moment play, and a thorough exploration of vocal and physical technique. Fusing both the classical and the contemporary, his work is grounded in the belief that exploring the stories of our past contextualises our present, and helps us better shape our future. 

By diving into the world of Shakespeare with Darcy, actors will discover the joy of holding an audience in the palm of their hand, and get a taste for the vibrant, chaotic and beautiful world of Elizabethan theatre. Through scene study and monologue work, students will explore the deep life questions that Shakespeare examined, and in doing so, come to have a deeper understanding of themselves.

“Some of the most valuable training I have received and the greatest lessons I have learned as an actor have been through my exploration of Shakespeare’s plays. Many of the world’s greatest performers began their acting journey with his work, and for good reason: To do it justice requires total commitment to voice, physicality, and emotional connection. An actor that can embody a Shakespearean character has a toolkit of skills that are transferable to any other form of performance. It is some of the most challenging, rewarding, and rigorous theatrical training you can do.” – Darcy Kent

Course Details

Exploring Text – Bringing Shakespeare to Life
Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
8-week course fee $416

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2023 Melbourne Acting Classes for Adults – Term Dates

Term 1: Mon 6 Feb – Fri 31 Mar
Term 2: Mon 24 Apr – Sat 17 Jun
Term 3: Mon 10 Jul – Sat 1 Sep
Term 4: Mon 9 Oct – Sat 2 Dec

“Working with Darcy Kent has been the most challenging and valuable time I have spent in the rehearsal room ever. Not only have these classes been so rewarding, but I’ve felt so safe and free to begin exploring all those parts of myself I’ve shoved to the depths. Not only as an actor, but as a part of the machine of the world finding truth and honesty in my heart and my connections with others.  The specificity of feedback and the challenges in truth have been so practical and rewarding. I’ve never felt so inspired by the challenge of the craft. I’ve been inhaling books and performances like there’s no tomorrow.” – Molly England

Image  Darcy Kent in Romeo and Juliet at The Pop Up Globe, Auckland, NZ (2019). 


Darcy Kent

Darcy Kent is a graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the UK, where he completed his Masters in Classical Acting in 2019, as well as the full time program at 16th Street in 2013. He has also studied at Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts. He has performed at the Pop Up Globe in Auckland, appearing in productions of Romeo and Juliet (as Romeo) and Much Ado About Nothing. He is also a Red Stitch ensemble member, having joined the company after performing in their productions of Desert 6.29pm and The Antipodes. His other theatre credits include When the Rain Stop Falling (Iron Lung Theatre, Theatreworks), The Amateurs (Red Stitch), Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Red Stitch) the Australian tour of Lamb (Red Stitch, Critical Stages), Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing, (which both toured China with the Australian International Opera Company), Seminar (Artefact Theatre, Chapel Off Chapel), The Servant of Two Masters (La Mama, Make a Scene), As You Like It (Melbourne Fringe) and Vile (La Mama). Film and TV credits include Warnie, New Gold Mountain, Offspring, Neighbours, feature film The Surrogate as well as a host of short films.