From Romeo’s tragic profession of love to his ‘dead’ Juliet to Shylock’s diatribe against racism, Shakespeare’s plays are full of powerful speeches. Choose your favourite and post a short film of you performing it, using the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking. You could do a duologue with a friend if you prefer. It is great if you also talk about your chosen piece. But it doesn’t have to be the Bard! It could be a modern play, one you have written, or even some stand-up comedy. For inspiration, take a look at the videos and resources below.
Also, take a look at the festival resources for speaking and debating.
How to take part
- Antony and Cleopatra – Monologue – Act 5 Scene 2 – Emmeline Prior
- Antony and Cleopatra – Monologue – Act 5 Scene 2 – Lizzie Hopley
- Coriolanus – Duologue – Act 4 Scene 5 – James Corrigan
- Henry VI – Duologue – Act 3 Scene 2 – Katy Stephens
- Merchant of Venice – Monologue – Act 3 Scene 1 – Ben Spiller
- Richard II – Monologue – Act 3 Scene 2 – Pete Creates
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Monologue – Act 4 Scene 3 – Karen Whyte
- Twelfth Night – Monologue – Act 2 Scene 5 – Ian Craddock
- Two Gentlemen of Verona – Monologue – Act 2 Scene 3 – Oliver Hume
- Intergenerational duologues
Chris Rankin, Actor
Jen Stone: Why primary school pupils should perform Shakespeare
John Pfumojena: Why do Shakespeare?
Judges advice and feedback from the Performing Shakespeare Grand Final
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