A community symposium, taking place in Prescot, will celebrate the town’s fascinating links to Shakespeare and essential aspects of theatre.
This is the second community symposium to be held in the town, where the new Shakespeare North Playhouse is being built, and will focus on the importance of sound and voice in theatre and in everyday life.
Speakers include musicians, actors and leading academics and experts on language, speech, drama and performance.
When it opens the Shakespeare North Playhouse is expected to attract UK and worldwide audiences, while, at the same time, celebrating the history, language and culture of Prescot and Knowsley. The theatre’s relationship to voice and sound will be an important part of making Prescot a meeting place between the local, the national and global.
About the symposium
‘Make passionate my sense of hearing’: Shakespeare North, Voice and Sound
Saturday 23rd November 2019 at St Mary’s Church Hall, Prescot, L34 1LA
The symposium will take place on Saturday 23 November at St Mary’s Church Hall, Prescot, L34 1LA. The morning session runs from 11am – 1.30pm and the afternoon session runs from 2.30pm – 5pm.
Tickets cost £5 morning only, £5 afternoon only or £8 for the full day. This includes a light snack lunch for morning attendees and afternoon tea for afternoon attendees or both for people coming for the whole day.
Tickets are available from Jessie and Co, 11 Leyland Street, Perscot, L34 5QP or by email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be a bookstall selling books written by the speakers.
11.00 – 11.15am Welcome and Introduction by Ian Tabbron (CEO Shakespeare North Playhouse) and Elspeth Graham (Trustee, Shakespeare North and Chair of Communities Group)
11.15 – 12.00 Jane Boston and Kathy Dacre on ‘Voice in Shakespearean Theatre’
12.00 – 12.20pm Coffee break
12.20 – 1.15pm Tony Crowley on ‘Merseyside Language’
1.15 – 1.30pm Sara Liber Salloum on ‘Playing and Re-creating Early Music’. Sara will also play lute music during the lunch break.
2.30 – 3.15pm Carole Arnold on ‘Prescot Loves to Talk’
3.15 – 3.35pm Tea Break
3.35 – 5.00pm David Crystal and Ben Crystal on ‘Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation’
Speakers, Actors and Musicians
Jane Boston is Principal Lecture in Voice Studies at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and Head of The International Network for Voice. As well as having extensive international experience as a voice consultant and as a performer, she is a voice practitioner, actor trainer, researcher, performer, poet, singer and guitarist. Her book Voice: Readings in Theatre Practice came out early this year.
Professor Kathy Dacre grew up in Prescot before teaching performing arts for over thirty years in conservatoire colleges in both the USA and the UK, including New York University, Vassar College, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of London. Then, as Head of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Kathy led the College in all aspects of learning, teaching and curriculum development. As a Trustee of Shakespeare North, Kathy celebrates her Prescotian roots.
Tony Crowley, a Liverpudlian, is Professor of English at the University of Leeds. His work on language covers a number of fields, including: the politics of language; the interrelations between language and history in Britain and Ireland (Renaissance to the present); language and power; language and literature; the use of ‘non-standard’ language in literature; the language and literature of Liverpool (1850-the present). He has written two important books on Liverpool language: Scouse: A Social and Cultural History and The Liverpool English Dictionary.
Sara Liber Salloum is a lute and archlute player who is currently studying for a Master’s degree in musical performance at Oxford University. She is among the first to study the lute at Oxford University since the English lutenists of the Renaissance. Sara was initially a guitar student at the RNCM, but her great passion and natural affinity for Renaissance music led her to become the RNCM’s very first principal-study lutenist.
Carole Arden is Head teacher at Evelyn Primary School in Prescot and initiated the Prescot Loves to Talk project which aims to make Prescot the place where talk is everywhere, where everyone chats. In her talk, she will describe the exciting work that she, teachers and children from Evelyn Primary School have been doing.
David Crystal is a linguist and, as a professor of linguistics, has written on an enormously wide range of topics related to language. He is, in particular, an expert on how the English language, in its different dialects, sounded in the past. David has authored many books, but amongst those most relevant to the theme are: Shakespeare’s Words; Think on my words; Pronouncing Shakespeare; and the Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation.
Ben Crystal, David’s son, is an actor, author, and producer. He has worked on original Shakespeare performance practices and, with his father, on Original Pronunciation. Together, David and Ben offer insights into the differences that occur when Shakespeare is performed in OP rather than with modern English pronunciation. Ben has his own Shakespearean theatre company, Passion in Practice, and has continued to collaborate with Shakespeare’s Globe and many other companies and performance and musical artists in the UK and overseas. He has also written numerous books on Shakespeare, including: Shakespeare on Toast and the Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare.