Rag & Bone
Shakespeare Camp

Shakespeare Summer Camp

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Spend your July outdoors on the beautiful grounds of the Billings Estate Museum.
For young people ages 10 to 18.

Actor withe hat.

Young actors will perform Shakespeare's comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The camp is centred on acting skills, including stage combat (with swords), voice work, singing, using the acting clues in Shakespeare's first folio, commedia dell'arte and more!

No acting or Shakespeare experience is necessary. This play is a great introduction for beginners.

For those with experience, this is a chance to be challenged and to bring your work to the next level, while having a lot of fun.


July 4 to July 21, for 3 wonderful weeks

From 9 am to 4 pm each day.

Shows: 7 pm July 20, 2 pm and 7 pm July 21.


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Lead by artists Rosemary Nolan and David DaCosta

Rosemary Nolan is a teacher, director, actor and playwright. She has a BA in Theatre and Mathematics from Queen's University, and a Bachelor of Education.

Her play Transcript has toured the Ottawa area. She recently directed Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde.

This will be her third year as leader at Summer Shakespeare Camp.

David daCosta is an Ottawa-based actor, musician, and teacher. Most recently, he was a member of Rag & Bone’s ensemble that toured A World of Stories across schools throughout the Ottawa region.

He received his RCM Grade 10 piano certificate with honours, and has taught music at West End Music School, the Ottawa Waldorf School, and has also composed scores for multiple theatrical productions.

He is looking forward to returning for his second summer at the Summer Shakespeare Camp!

Valentine Rescuing Sylvia from Proteus

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a play Shakespeare wrote early in his career. It's about young people struggling with love and friendship, moving away from home for the first time, and finding a path in life.

It also has outlaws, a dog, disguises, betrayal, clever and not-so-clever plans, and more.

Intros and summaries to Two Gents:

Here and here.

Text online:

Modern spelling, from a great reference site: here.

Transcription of first folio (spelling from Shakespeare's time): here.

Painting by William Holman Hunt - Art Renewal Centerdescription, Public Domain, Link

The Billings Estate Museum

The Billings Estate

The camp is held outside, on the beautiful grounds of the Billings Estate Museum, Ottawa. We do have access to some indoor space in case of rain, but the majority of camp is outside in the fresh air among the trees.

It's at 2100 Cabot Street Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1.

Read more about the Estate here.

Cost: $800 per camper. (+ 13% HST for campers over 15 years only) Sibling discount available.

Click here to request more information, or to ask a question about the camp.

Download a registration form here.

What to bring:

• A healthy lunch to get you though an active day. Probably more food than you pack for a regular school day.

• Sunscreen and a hat.

• Extra layers in case of rain or cold.

• Your script (which you will get on the first day of camp) No acting or Shakespeare experience is necessary.


Start date is July 4...