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Berkoff and Brecht Workshop

Berkoff Workshop


This workshop is designed to give the students an in-depth session and insight into the works of the techniques and elements of Berkoff's Total Theatre. We will explore Steven Berkoff's practices and examples of performance style to develop the students practical and theoretical understanding of the style.

In a practical and interactive way, we will offer a session of exploration to greater understand how Berkoff may respond or treat a theme/issue, how this is communicated to the audience through stylistic qualities, and how this can be interpreted and inspire future texts and projects. 

Using the participants existing knowledge, we will provide a safe space for exploration and experimentation to greater develop the understanding of presenting characters, how themes and issues are explored, the use of stimuli, how this is translated through genres, and the main influences of Total Theatre.

Optional (free of charge): For future use and theoretical purposes, the entire workshop can be recorded and made privately available after it has taken place. We believe this is extremely effective when working and developing, it helps to remember what was discussed and practiced while allowing you to move freely without having to worry about taking notes!


During this workshop, we will explore and practice the stylistic qualities of your Berkoff. We will explore a variety of performance techniques and how this can be implemented into existing or the students future work. We will develop the students knowledge of the fundamentals of Total Theatre through the eyes of Berkoff and how to introduce his approach to text and character creation.

Key Learning Points

  • A basic or developed understanding of the fundamentals of theatre through the eyes of the practitioner.

  • To successfully identify the techniques used to form a critical opinion.

  • How these stylistic qualities are translated and interpreted though performance.

  • A developed theoretical and practical understanding of Total Theatre.

  • Practice and explore techniques used within performance development.

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