Theatre Arts Workbooks


The Shakespeare Workbook and Video

Bloomsbury Publishing

The Shakespeare Workbook and Video provides a unifying approach to acting Shakespeare that is immediately applicable in the rehearsal room or classroom. It is an easy-to-use text providing practical exercises in specific aspects of Shakespeare's language such as meter, imagery, rhetoric and sound play. In each of these areas, it takes the reader through three steps: Speak the Text, Question the Text and Act the Text.

Online video material (found here: provides an insight into the acting process and shows the authors teaching a workshop in their method for acting Shakespeare to a group of young actors.

'This illuminating book-and-video package takes a practical approach to unpicking a language whose richness is matched by its often forbidding intricacy.' Youth Drama Ireland

'An intensely practical and inspiring manual about the skills needed to perform. Shakespeare.' Greg Doran, Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company

Theatre Arts Workbooks comprise a collection of textbooks for drama and performance students, allowing readers to develop performance skills and techniques to a high level of competence. Each volume is a balanced mix of theory and practice, perfect for the high-achieving student, and is presented with Teaching Tips to illuminate how best to present the material in the classroom. Online video lessons supplement the work, demonstrating key exercises in each volume.