On the 10th of February, Bradford Cathedral is set to be the stage for an enlightening ‘Introduction to Shakespeare’ workshop. The event promises to be a delightful exploration into the world of the bard, shedding light on his profound influence on British culture.

Scheduled from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Cathedral’s de Lacy Centre, the workshop will be spearheaded by a seasoned professional director. Attendees will be actively involved in the script, immersing themselves in performances, trying out scenes, and experiencing the essence of being one of Shakespeare’s iconic characters.

Elizabeth Lancaster, from Actors Community Theatre, the group which performs a Shakespeare play in the grounds of the Cathedral each summer, says:

“There’s nothing like getting up and moving around to bring a scene to life; the language may be tricky, but the emotions and stories are universal and timeless. There is no ‘right’ way to play Shakespeare, so just dive in and see what happens!”

The Revd Canon Ned Lunn, Bradford Cathedral’s Canon for Intercultural Mission and the Arts, says; “As part of our offer to the city in preparation for City of Culture 2025 we are committed to support and develop local artists. We believe that a strong and vibrant amateur arts scene is the best environment to foster new talent.

“This workshop aims to encourage people to engage with theatre in a safe and non-threatening way with the hope that we might discover and develop new performers and new audiences. The skills taught in this workshop will be about understanding the language and characters of Shakespeare as well as basic comedy skills as well.

“Some might ask why a cathedral is organising a theatre workshop. We believe that part of our role in Bradford is to ensure that all can discover who they were created to be and that no one is passed by. This workshop and our developing relationship with ACT and other community arts organisations is part of our commitment to the flourishing of Bradford and the individuals that make up the rich fabric of our city.”

The ‘Introduction to Shakespeare’ workshop unfolds on Saturday, 10th February 2024, from 2 pm to 4 pm in the de Lacy Centre within the Bradford Cathedral grounds. Tickets are priced at £5 (plus booking fee) and can be secured online at event link, via the Bradford Cathedral website, or by calling the Bradford Cathedral office on 01274 77 77 20 from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 2:45 pm.