Adventures in Space
For you as an actor, why is space important? We look at how you can use your body in space to create meaning for an audience - how you can make space on stage come alive, and out of thin air you can weave dramatic tensions, stories and characters. Once you have this basic spatial training, you are ready for an exploratory voyage to other theatrical worlds.
As an actor you bring to the stage all of your own physical and character quirks. These lend texture to the work, but sometimes get in the way. Before you can choose to play a character very different from yourself, you have to make sure that you aren’t unintentionally bringing along too much of your own baggage. Also, when you are telling a story you need to make sure that you are serving the story and not standing in its way for an audience. You need a body that knows when and how to give focus to an image - so that the audience can be transported with you to an imaginary world. This is why we use neutrality as the basis of our voyage in physical training.
A Trip Around the Universe
Actors need to be able to look at the world around them - at elements, animals, objects and other bodies; at anything that moves. They need to be able to see the poetic and theatrical possibilities in the world around them. A plastic bag is carelessly thrown away, but valiantly tries to regain its original shape. How can you take the tragedy and hope that you see in the movement of this plastic bag, and use it to tell moving and inspiring stories about humanity?
Alien Life Forms
“Its character Jim, but not as we know it.”
You will explore a range of ways of building characters from a physical starting point. These characters, or theatrical creatures, may not have a naturalistic reality about them, but they are based on a theatrical sense of truth, and they help to create a believable theatrical world. As long you keep that truth, you can push the theatricality into the exaggerated, the grotesque, the divine.
When you devise theatre you need a high level of ensemble skill, you need to have a shared understanding of focus, rhythm and space. Chorus work will train you in how to develop your theatrical instinct together so that you create one living breathing organism that can paint pictures, develop characters and tell stories.
Each character, each scene, each theatrical piece and each theatrical style or world has its own rhythm. Devisers need to develop a strong sense of how to use rhythm and suspense in writing, structuring and performing theatre.
To Other Worlds and Beyond
You will develop your storytelling body. You will explore how you can tell a story clearly through an imaginative use of scale and mimed imagery, puppetry and an inventive use of objects. This part of the voyage is directed by energetic play and a shared sense of fun.
A Starship Enterprise
Create your own world. You and your group will devise a piece using everything you have learnt from your voyage.
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Our last workshop took place:
Monday 24th - Friday 28th March
10am - 5pm
Eastbourne House Arts,
Bullards Place, London EC2 OPT
A weeklong Master Class for professional and semi professional performers, directors, theatre practitioners and students.
Diving fully into a world of imagination and play, the focus of this intensive training is both solo and ensemble-based creation through improvisation and devised work. The starting point is the human body and its relationship to the space around it. Particpants will develp a stronger sense of themselves, which will be used to propel them toward their personal physical limits. Through energetic play, a range of physical approaches to performance will be explored. This work will be combined with an investigation into different uses of space and how a story can be told clearly through an imaginative use of scale and mimed imagery.
At the end of this course participants will have:
- A stronger sense of their own body and presence
- Various approaches to creating solo and ensemble work
- Gained valuable technical skills in stagecraft
- The ability to create rich, imaginative worlds and share vivid, colourful stories in an empty space.