Shakespeare shaken up by former Perse student in inspiring drama workshop
12 Feb 2020
Professional actor Isabel Della-Porta (2011) gave young Perse drama students an inspiring workshop in bringing Shakespearean characters to life.
Isabel, who graduated from RADA in 2017, was joined by fellow actor Katie Buchholz as they passed on their advice to Year 10 and 11 pupils taking part in the RADA Shakespeare Awards scheme.
They provided an entertaining and thought-provoking session aimed at getting the pupils to consider aspects of Shakespearean language and performance ahead of their RADA exams, in which they will learn and recite speeches and sonnets to a visiting examiner, later this year.
Isabel said: “We wanted to show them how Shakespeare uses punctuation and language to tell you a lot about the character and who they are as people. We were trying to get that through a couple of exercises using movement, so they understand with their bodies as well as their brains where the breaths come and where there are changes in the functionality and pace of a speech or a dialogue.
“We then looked at character building using questions to provoke the imagination as to who the characters are and how what they do for a living affects how they speak and how they hold themselves.”
Isabel was pleased with how the pupils had responded to the exercises and felt they had enjoyed the workshop.
She added: “I know when I was younger I was terrified of Shakespeare and then as I got older I really I loved it. It’s full of rich characters and brilliant dialogue and now I can unpick it, so it’s about opening it up as wide as possible to them.”
Hear Isabel talk more about her experiences of drama at The Perse and her advice to budding actors below.