Shakespeare: Direct


  • Adults (Part-time)


Course Content

The salon:collective's classes in Meisner Technique are headed up by Dominic Kelly. Dom is the artistic director of the salon:collective and has taught the technique for over eight years.

This is Shakespeare as you have never done it before. We combine a raft of specific skills for decoding Shakespeare’s directions embedded in the First Folio text with a performance workshop. You get the skills, your lines, your cues, you learn them, have two hours of one-to-one verse nursing from the specialist teachers, you come up with your own costume, 3 weeks later you arrive & perform! You have your scene partner, you know what you have to do & say – but how will they affect you? What will they say? This is acting in the very heart of the moment – and it is truly amazing to do!

Enrol on this 2 part course for the acting challenge of your life! Working with specialist Shakespeare text and acting tutor, Lizzie Conrad Hughes, and experienced text & voice teacher Dewi Hughes, you will learn fool proof skills for appreciating Shakespeare’s texts from a new perspective, and use everything you know about truthful connection, and being affected by your partner in the moment to achieve a performance.

Who would take this course?

  • Actors who have some experience with Shakespeare, but feel there may be something more to discover
  • Actors who want to hone the skills they already have and take their acting to the next level
  • Actors wanting to challenge themselves and push their performing boundaries into new territory

What do you get?

  • A comprehensive system for approaching and performing Shakespeare’s text
  • Personal attention and feedback from two specialist tutors
  • A performance workshop with like-minded, dedicated performers
  • Potentially, the opportunity to continue the work & join the company in performing whole plays using this

What are the benefits?

  • You will be equipped with a fool proof approach to Shakespeare's text, which you can apply to any classic text
  • You will learn how to engage emotionally and intellectually with the text
  • You will build confidence and gain valuable tools & experience

Please Note: All participants will be treated as professional actors. As such, professional behaviour and respect is expected at all times. Participants are required to be off-book by the deadline set by the director. Failure to do so may result in student being removed from the course and not permitted to take part in the final performance workshop without refund of the course fee.

For further information and to apply please contact The Cockpit on 020 7258 2925 or email

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Short Course

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for Actors who have some experience with Shakespeare, but feel there may be something more to discover.