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Do You Quarrel Sir?

An immersive day of Shakespearian theatre. Take the play off the page and onto the stage with a fight director and a Shakespearian scholar. “Do You Quarrel Sir” is a workshop in two parts allowing students to explore a Shakespeare text of your choice through a variety of practical approaches. 

The first section of the workshop uses stage combat as a means of exploring a play text. Students learn a basic collection of stage combat tecnhiques before being guided in their own staging of a Shakespearian fight, murder, duel or quarrel. The second section of the workshop is then classroom based, facilitating students in performing rather than simply reading Shakespeare. This section is run by our resident Shakespearian scholar and involves a number of exercises, games and practical approaches to performing and understanding a play text. 

Section 1: Stage Combat 

Stage combat by it’s very nature is physically active and requires practical solutions to creative problems. By studying the fights practically, students are encouraged to perform Shakespearean text and gain a greater understanding the plays and their staging.

The workshop covers basic armed or unarmed stage combat skills which are then utilised in a staging of a Shakespearian text related to the students current area of study. How do we deal with text in a fight? What can a fight tell us about the rest of the play? What is the context of this fight? What are the weapons and fighting styles like? How would these fights of been performed in Shakespeare’s day?

Section 2: Text 


Half Day (1- 3 hours)   2 instructors TOTAL £560 plus travel

Two 1.5 hour sessions can be run consecutively with a single group or across 2 groups trading places half way. 

Maximum group size 30. Stage combat requires a large open space such as a hall or drama studio and the text workshop requires a classroom with some open space to perform.

Full Day  2 instructors TOTAL £760 plus travel

A full day session can be divided into 2 sessions with a single group or run as multiple 1.5 hour sessions to cater for larger numbers of students.

Maximum group size 30. Stage combat requires a large open space such as a hall or drama studio and the text workshop requires a classroom with some open space to perform.