Description:Claire Cartwright, Actress and founder of Friends with Shakespeare, will lead an interactive workshop on ACT 2 of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She will introduce the context and background of the play and then invite participants to join her in reading the text aloud, pausing to ask questions, discuss and appreciate the details of this extraordinary play. There is no need to have read the play or even Act 1! Claire will make sure everyone knows exactly what is happening before we start reading. This is the chance to slow down and take the opportunity to really understand one of Shakespeare's most magnificent comedies.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
- Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Meet the Host, Claire
Claire Cartwright, founder of Friends with Shakespeare, is an actress, writer, producer and tutor. She focused on Shakespeare during her English Literature degree at Edinburgh University and continued this focus while training as an actress at ALRA. Claire has been teaching Shakespeare to both students and adults for over 10 years.
She has played a number of Shakespeare’s leading ladies in London and around the world, including Portia (The Merchant of Venice), Lady Macbeth - twice…best not read too much into that! (Macbeth), Hermione (A Winter’s Tale), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing) and Peaseblossom … indisputably the leading fairy, if not the leading lady! (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Preparing for the Event
Ensure you have access to the play, either a physical copy or an online version (clickhere)
For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).
We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!
Thoroughly enjoyed the session. Claire's explanations were so insightful and helpful and I thought the 'readers' were excellent. More, please! Barbara Moody.
Excellent session. I really enjoyed it. I know the play very well but Claire’s historical, social and mythological background really added depth to my knowledge. I would love to do another session as I am a real Shakespeare fan!
Speaker was so enthusiastic you couldn’t help but be enthused too. Really enjoyable Thank you.