The landmark five-part video series gives voice to shakespeare's most beloved and widely known speeches and sonnets performed by a powerhouse ensemble of American and British actors, as they delve into the structure, meaning and power of shakespeare's language. Aimed at students of literature and theatre arts, each video explores a different aspect of shakespeare's work. how do we enter the heightened, extravagant language of Shakespeare and yet feel truthful in today's world? How do performers excite the audience with Shakespeare's rich imagery and dynamic rhythm and yet make it real for the twenty-first century? We assume that a sophisticated intellectual background is required to grapple with Shakespeare. But there is a much deeper, almost primal response, as available to inner city students as to their counterparts in the private school, to the sound and rhythm in Shakespeare's language that arouses our emotions feelings of anger and sorrow, of passion and laughter. witness the highest-calibre english and american actors well-known for their award-winning movie roles working together, finding the strength and joy in shakespeare's language, its elegance as well as its coarseness, its passion and its humor. Students are certain to be inspired by the courage of these performers, many of whom had little or no experience with Shakespeare prior to this workshop, as they take daring risks on the spot, experimenting with fresh approaches to classic texts. these totally unrehearsed workshops are sure to enthuse young people with an active curiosity in our greatest dramatist and make them want to speak shakespeare themselves, and make his language their own. Texts are supplied onscreen as well as in cicely berry's teacher's manual to the set. cicely berry, director of voice of the Royal Shakespeare company, has developed her approach in schools and community groups in the states and great britain and with students as far apart as brazil and china. set of all 5 dvd workshops and cicely berry's workbook to the series workshop 1: Muscularity of language: motion and rhythm workshop 2: Under the text: subtext and the world of the play workshop 3: Prose and verse texts: language and imagery reveal the characters inner landscape workshop 4: Storytelling: voicework and the ensemble experience workshop 5: The voice preparation workshop if you love theater but secretly sleep through Shakespeare, then working shakespeare just might open your eyes to what you've been missing. This new blockbuster, entertaining as well as educational, is great fun to watch with wonderful insights into one of the greatest poets of the english language.