Play, Rhythm and the Ensemble (places still available)
An energetic and playful workshop looking at the presence of the performer and exploring when and why a person is watch-able.
We will examine how stage presence and the dynamics of play between actors contribute to a vibrant ensemble, and how rhythm can be used to surprise and to create comic and dramatic moments.
Characters and Comedic Play (27/03/13-29/03/13) (places still available)
In this workshop I will look at ways of finding larger than life comic characters and exagerated levels of play. I will use a number of different improvisations and methods including use of the half mask. The two days are very much about the fun to play another person, looking at their physicality, voice and above all the imagination that defines the characterisations. In these classes there will also be time to try out characters you have been working on or thinking about .
Clown and Comedy (02/04/13-06/04/13) (places still available)
In this workshop I will be looking at what it is that makes us laugh and how we can be funny. It is not about big shoes, make up and squirty flowers. I will concentrate mainly on the clown and the pleasure to be ridiculous in the space. The clown moves from one flop to the next always happy and optimistic to be playing before an audience. There are many confusions and disasters in a clown show but there are never any doubts. The clown is joyful, playful, mischievous and full of fantasy. Nothing in this workshop is related to a style but very much looking to find what is uniquely funny about each person and how they can make that accessible to an audience.
Workshops will aim to be energetic and very playful. Participants will be encouraged to have fun and pleasure and use this as a starting point. In my opinion when people have fun and play instinctively it is then that they start to play the fool, tell stories, joke and discover their creativity.