This chapter introduces key practical considerations for deconstructing, analysing and regendering participants for cross-gender Shakespeare performance explorations. Although this volume focuses primarily on Shakespeare in practice, the exercises are derived from and can be applied to other types of gender performance. We will begin our practice-based study with a discussion of the workshop, its origins, practices and applications so we can better understand the theories and exercises that underpin the practical explorations. Later we will explore the exercises in depth, and you will be able to test them for yourself as you play with gender and Shakespeare. This process will aid you as you rethink gender and, possibly, construct your own performances, social or theatrical, publicly or for private aims.
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