An Actor Prepares: Shakespeare


with Olivier Award Winner, Donnacadh O’Briain

5 weekly sessions


15th Nov – 13th Dec

6.30 – 9.30pm

Location: Wildcard Studios

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An Actor Prepares: Shakespeare

Donnacadh O’Briain, leads a series of tailored workshops for actors on how to approach, unpick and inhabit Shakespeare’s text.
Over five evenings actors will work in pairs and with the director to unlock the dramatic potential of their scene, making bold and exciting choices, routed in an intimate understanding of the text, and a freeing of the instinct. Actors will build tools that will enable them to tackle a complex and poetic script with confidence.
The sessions will utilise the classic Stanislavski questions, alongside exercises for bringing the text into the body and finding the impulse.
Actors will be given with the scene in advance.
Who Is this for?
The workshop is aimed at actors working in the profession, though recent drama school graduates will be considered. Numbers are kept low, to maintain the quality of the work.


5 x evening sessions

Monday 15th Nov

Monday 22nd Nov

Monday 29th Nov

Mon 6th Dec

Mon 13th Dec

Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm

Location: Wildcard Studios, 18 Balderton Street, London, W1K 6TG


A Bit About Donnacadh:

Donnacadh is an award winning new work specialist whose productions have played at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and internationally.

His recent production of gig-theatre hit Electrolyte by James Meteyard and Maimuna Memon for Wildcard has played two sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe and toured the UK and Ireland, with plans for further London and international dates. His acclaimed production of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain won the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, playing in the West End, across the UK, and in New York after it’s humble beginnings at Battersea’s Theatre503.

Other productions include: Always Orange by Fraser Grace for the RSC, which reopened The Other Place; My World Has Exploded a Little Bit, and Rejoicing at her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself, both created with writer/performer Bella Heesom for All About You at Ovalhouse; Mother Christmas at Hampstead Theatre; PEEP at Edinburgh and Latitude festivals; a major Irish production of King Lear; and as an Assistant director to Michael Boyd, the RSC’s multi award-winning Histories Cycle (The Guardian’s ‘Production of the Decade’). He has had the benefit of learning in the rehearsal rooms of Simon McBurney, Dominic Cooke, Greg Doran, Rebecca Gatward & Jonathan Mumby, and has been mentored by James Macdonald. He has taught and directed for most of the UK’s top Drama Schools, in particular RADA, LAMDA and BOVTS. In 2020 he created The Practice Room, a space for working actors to grow and evolve.

For more, check out Donnacadh’s Website

For further enquiries about this workshop please email emily@wildcardtheatre.co.uk

Payment Plans:

We are pleased to be able to offer a bespoke payment plan on all of our courses. If you are interested setting one up, please contact Emily with which course you are interested in and we can get your place secured.