A three day Shakespeare Intensive.  

An incredibly rare Masterclass with one of Australia’s most celebrated theatre legends John Bell AO OBE FRSN.

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Course Overview

The Hub is thrilled to welcome Theatre legend John Bell for a special intensive style Shakespeare masterclass, a very rare opportunity indeed. John is quite simply one of the most recognisable and important figures in recent Australian theatre history. For over 50 years John has worked in nearly every area of the arts imaginable. Career highlights include Associate Artist of Britain’s world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company, the founding of the Nimrod Theatre Company which eventually became Belvoir and later the now 30 year old Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company. Bell’s unique contribution to national culture has been recognised by many bodies. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire; has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Universities of Sydney, New South Wales and Newcastle; and was recognised in 1997 by the National Trust of Australia as one of Australia’s Living Treasures. 

In this full day, three day masterclass exclusive to The HubStudio, actors will explore the difference between acting in verse and prose, explore clues as to character and motivation, learn to use language as an assault weapon, explore how to physicalise the language, you will enjoy the power of Shakespeare’s imagery and tackle questions such as ‘What voice do I use?’ ‘How modern should I be?’

This is a must for actors wanting to delve into the technique of Shakespeare and up skill their Theatre craft, a one off specialist Masterclass with a true legend of the Australian theatre industry. Come Join Us!

John Bell Wikipedia. | Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company

Course Outline

Actors will work on two-hander scenes in terms of character motivation and inter-action.
You will realise that in Shakespeare, the stakes are always high, and the language is a weapon to be used. There is nothing wasted in Shakespeare – there are no dead moments and every word and action is dynamic. You will tap depths in yourself and your acting that everyday naturalism never dreams of.

Course Outcomes

Over the three days:

  • You will have a greater awareness of your physical, vocal and emotional range.
  • You will have stretched your imagination to envisage other realities.
  • You will find how great language can inspire and support you.
  • You will have entered a universe larger than the one you have hitherto known, and celebrate the fact that you are part of a long and enduring theatrical tradition.

Session Details

When: 3 x full-day classes

Dates: Friday 29th, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July 2022 

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: The HubStudio, Level 1 – Suite 2 – 21 Shepherd St Chippendale, 2008

Participants: 12 Actors maximum 

Price: $965.00 incl GST 

Session Details

Payment Information

How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be email an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start payment instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.

About John Bell

John Bell is one of the Australia’s most illustrious theatre personalities. Award winning actor, acclaimed director, risk-taking impresario and torch-bearing educationalist, Bell has been a key figure in shaping the nation’s theatrical identity as we know it over the past 50 years.

After graduating from The University of Sydney in 1962, Bell worked for the Old Tote Theatre Company, all of Australia’s state theatre companies and was an Associate Artist of Britain’s world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company.

As co-founder of Sydney’s highly influential Nimrod Theatre Company, Bell presented many productions of landmark Australian plays, including David Williamson’s Travelling North, The Club and The Removalists. He also initiated an Australian Shakespeare style with Nimrod productions such as Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth.

In 1990, Bell took on an even greater challenge, founding The Bell Shakespeare Company. Since then, his productions as director have included Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet, The Taming Of The Shrew, Richard 3, Pericles, Henry 4, Henry 5, Julius Caesar, Antony And Cleopatra, The Comedy Of Errors, Wars Of The Roses, Measure For Measure, Macbeth, The Tempest and As You Like It, as well as Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters, Gogol’s The Government Inspector and Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.

Meanwhile his roles as an actor for Bell Shakespeare have included Hamlet, Shylock, Henry V, Richard III, Macbeth, Malvolio, Berowne, Petruchio, Leontes, Coriolanus, Prospero, King Lear, Andronicus, and Jaques.

Bell also played the title role in two co-productions with Queensland Theatre Company: Richard 3 and Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall Of Rome: A Shakespeare Commentary. In addition, he directed Madame Butterfly for an Oz Opera national tour, and Tosca and Carmen for Opera Australia.

Bell’s unique contribution to national culture has been recognised by many bodies. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire; has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Universities of Sydney, New South Wales and Newcastle; and was recognised in 1997 by the National Trust of Australia as one of Australia’s Living Treasures.

In 2003, the Australia Business Arts Foundation also awarded Bell the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award.

As an actor and director, his many awards include a Helpmann Award for Best Actor (Richard 3, 2002), a Producers and Directors Guild Award for Lifetime Achievement and the JC Williamson Award (2009) for extraordinary contribution to Australia’s live entertainment industry.

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Apply For The Course

Please send an expression of interest including any specific acting information such as a Biography, Cover Letter, C.V. & Headshot to courses@thehubstudio.com.au or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.

If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course. For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address. 

John Bell Shakespeare Masterclass Application Form

IMPORTANT INFO!! We are experiencing some unusual issues with our forms from time to time. If your form isn't sending through please email the same information, including your CV and Headshot via email to courses@thehubstudio.com.au and we'll get back to you asap. OR call 02 9212 0522.
    Please note John has chosen some preferred scene material for you to work on over the weekend, however you are also welcome to upload a suggested scene. PLEASE NOTE you may be allocated a different scene during the workshop, as to the one you have chosen here.
  • Accepted file types: jpeg, gif, png, pdf, docx, jpeg, jpg, pages, tiff, txt, doc, heic, , Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • Accepted file types: jpeg, gif, png, pdf, docx, jpeg, jpg, pages, tiff, txt, doc, heic, , Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • Accepted file types: jpeg, gif, png, pdf, docx, jpeg, jpg, pages, tiff, txt, doc, heic, , Max. file size: 512 MB.
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