Workshop 5: Working from cue scripts: An actor’s approach to performing duologues

Schedule / Horaire

Saturday 26 April 2014, 15h-17h.

Room: V106B.

Leader / Organisatrices

Vanessa Ackerman and Stephanie Street (UK)

Vanessa Ackerman
As an actress, Vanessa’s credits include leading roles for companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Theatre 503, the Finborough, and Howard Barker’s Wrestling School as well as on television and radio for the BBC and ITV.
As a director, she created a stage adaptation of Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s short stories the RSC fringe festival and for the Crossing Borders Festival in Holland. She has worked with emerging playwrights through workshops with new writing venues such as Soho Theatre and the Royal Court’ young playwright’s programmes and as a judge on the European Independent Film Festival scriptwriting competition.
She also works as a translator in English, French and Russian.
Vanessa trained at LAMDA and has an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Birmingham University’s Shakespeare Institute. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies, investigating the representation of gender and its intersection with current advances in psychology in Shakespearean performance.

Stephanie Street
Stephanie was born and grew up in Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University before going on to train on a scholarship at LAMDA.
Her theatre work has taken her from the National Theatre to the Royal Court, The Bush, Sheffield Crucible, Liverpool Everyman and Bristol Old Vic working with directors such as Peter Gill, Max Stafford-Clark, Josie Rourke, Nina Raine, Tamara Harvey, Polly Findlay, Iqbal Khan, Mike Longhurst and Simon Reade.
Stephanie has also worked extensively in television, playing regular and lead roles in series across BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.
As a playwright, Stephanie’s first play, Sisters, was produced at the Sheffield Crucible in 2010. Under Daniel Evans’ artistic directorship the play re-opened the Studio after the theatre’s two-year closure for refurbishment, to critical acclaim.
1n 2011, she received a whatsonstage Awards nomination for Best Solo Performance for Nightwatchman at the National Theatre.
Stephanie is also an Artistic Associate of HighTide Festival, a Selector for the National Student Drama Festival and a trustee of Shakespeare North.


After a vocal and physical warm-up we will explore the cue script technique to work on a variety of short duologues. The session will culminate in a performance of these duologues with feedback and discussion.