Directors teach a love of Shakespeare

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Participants in the April 27 public workshop. Photo: Andrew Campbell

AFTER the success of “Twelfth Night”, which was on earlier this year, the artistic directors and co-producers of Lakespeare & Co, Duncan Driver and Lexi Sekuless, are sharing their secrets with local teachers.

Part of the company’s mission is to make Shakespeare more accessible in the ACT through free theatre, and to develop audiences.

The new program for teachers, supported by Communities@Work, is an extension of the company’s goal to share Shakespearean verse technique with the public.

Last month Driver and Sekuless presented a public verse workshop in Canberra to coincide with Shakespeare’s birthday, where actors and teachers, who are nervous about approaching Shakespeare’s language were shown how it’s done at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe.

“When audiences understand Shakespeare’s verse technique, they really love his work,” Sekuless says.

“His work is universal and Canberra actors, teachers and educators deserve to be able to access and appreciate his poetry with confidence.”

Driver and Sekuless began their education extension work in 2018, giving the keynote presentation at the ACT Association for the Teaching of English conference in Canberra, and tomorrow, Friday, May 10, will present a second keynote address for ACTATE.

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