Shakespeare has been very good to me.
Thirteen years ago, the first Shakespeare workshop I attended was led by none other than Sir Ian McKellen, who opened my eyes to the world of possibilities hidden in this intricate, poetic text.
Since then, I have had an insatiable appetite for performing Shakespeare. In 2014 I managed to be in a different Shakespeare production every month of the year, and since then I have toured the country playing leading roles in his most celebrated plays. Throughout this time, I read every book I could find, attended every workshop I could book, played roles, attended readings, and enjoyed animated discussions on innumerable different approaches.
Throughout this process, I developed my taste, honed my insight, and short-listed the best and most effective approaches to text in performance, while innovating a few of my own. This has resulted in a product and workshop for actors: The Shakespeare Deck.