The RSC in Llanymynech
By Anna Lingard
Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew
Having made our links with the RSC, and having been on workshops in Stratford-Upon-Avon we jumped at the chance of bringing a taste of the RSC to Llanymynech. It arrived in the form of Michael Corbidge, world renowned voice and text coach to the stars - and now to little old us!
The first Open Stages workshop in Llanymynech took place on July 7th 2014. Michael started everyone off on a journey of fun and exploration with texts from Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
I was taking on my first ever Shakespearian role and I was playing Kate in The Shrew - no easy task!! I was daunted by the role of Kate and intimidated by the very thought of Shakespeare, but Michael put us all at ease. He made the text accessible and soon the words lept off the page and became so normal that none of us felt like we were reading Shakespeare's English at all. I will never forget what he taught us and the confidence he gave me.
Michael also seemed to enjoy working with our friendly dedicated team, saying "What treat today was - thank you for making it happen. It was such an inspiring day for me truly. I was in awe of the talent in the room. It's going to be an amazing journey for all."
The Taming of the Shrew was performed by The LADS in March 2015 and the cast went to Stratford upon Avon for a Skills Exchange weekend in September, and then to perform at The Swan Theatre in June 2015. What an experience..... which is why we are taking on Twelfth Night in 2016, and having Michael back for a whole weekend.