A four-week masterclass with renowned Shakespeare actor and master coach, Chris Donnelly.


If you’ve always been interested in finding out more about exploring Shakespeare as a voice actor, come along to our Shakespeare Sessions with an open mind and a willingness to play.  

We'll explore Shakespeare as voice actors, looking at the basics of how Shakespeare writes and how we can apply this to our work. We'll consider both prose and verse and use the rules of script analysis to uncover techniques from Shakespeare that can easily be applied to a wide range of commercial copy found across the industry today. 

These Shakespeare sessions are for anyone. You don’t need any prior experience in reading or acting Shakespeare, just a desire to learn more about Shakespeare as a voice actor and discover why he is as alive and as relevant to our lives today as he was in Elizabethan times. As Cicely Berry put it herself, "It's not to do with being educated or clever or whatever that means. It's to do with a true understanding of how people think and how that makes them act and do things."

Your Teacher


Chris Donnelly is a renowned Shakespeare actor and master coach.


Chris has worked as an actor for twenty-five years, playing various roles on TV in the UK, upwards of thirty radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and a wide array of roles in theatre, nationally and internationally. He's played the title role of Macbeth, Prospero in The Tempest and Iago in Othello. 


Chris works extensively in schools and universities and presently runs the Education/Outreach arm of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. 

Masterclass Overview:

Week 1: The Basics: How Shakespeare Writes.

Using working examples from various seminal Shakespearian plays, we’ll explore sound and  rhythm, phrasing, vocal stamina and breath control. We'll consider both prose and verse and apply the VO rules of script analysis - including repetitions, antitheses, lists, alliteration, split lines, onomatopoeia and the magic rule of three!


Week 2: Scenes & Monologues 

Beginning to explore longer, more complex scenes/and or monologues from The Winter’s Tale.

Week 3: Scenes & Monologues 

Looking at The Winter’s Tale. 

Set recorded homework 

Week 4: Homework Review 

Critique of Recorded Scenes, monologues and analysis

If you'd like to know as soon as we arrange the dates for this next masterclass, please sign up below and we'll let you know by email.