Finding the Pulse: Bringing Shakespeare to Life

Led by Ewan Downie and Brian Ferguson

The magic and power of Shakespeare’s language lives in the body. The word on the page is only a tiny piece of the puzzle. In order to bring his language to life, we need breath. Our breath.

In the digital age, reading has become an intellectual  exercise, but Shakespeare’s words weren’t written to be read. They were written to be spoken aloud, to move through our bodies and voices. To be shared.

This workshop transforms our understanding of Shakespeare’s words by moving them out of our heads and into our bodies, allowing us to access the immediacy and strength of Shakespeare’s language. It lives in our toes, our fingers, and spine. It breathes in our lungs and it beats with our pulse.

Be prepared for fun, surprising emotions and sweat. Lots of sweat.

10:00-17:00 each day

To apply, please fill in this online form.

This workshop is strictly limited to 12 places. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Ewan Downie and Brian Ferguson lead this two day practical exploration of Shakespeare’s text.

Brian is one of Scotland’s leading stage actors. He has performed lead roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe. He recently played Hamlet in the Citizens Theatre production, directed by Dominic Hill.

After 8 years with Poland’s internationally renowned Song of the Goat theatre company, performing shows such as Macbeth and Songs of Lear, Ewan moved home to found Scotland’s only laboratory theatre company, Company of Wolves in 2012.