physical theatre

Group Dance

Physical theatre workshop

Description

Physical theatre can be a challenging style to interpret and incorporate into performance. This workshop will provide a safe space for the students to develop and explore the style and provide them with a variety of tools and skills to use in later drama pieces. 

 

This workshop will be led by an award-winning physical theatre actor and director of the UK touring piece Twisted Tales. Collecting a total of 12 awards including, best original piece, best actor, best actress, best ensemble, and best director.

 

We will focus on the fundamentals of physical theatre, how to devise and expand on ideas, and how the use of physical theatre in performance can unlock new atmospheres for the audience. The students will be provided with an insight on how physical theatre can be used to explore physicality and movement within a character, whilst also introducing how the use of this style can be utilised for minimal budget pieces by using actions to symbolise physical elements such as props, set or even costume. 

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!

Curriculum

The students will learn the specific features of the style and how physical theatre can be used within a production. We will also provide practical insight on how physical theatre can enforce discipline and a new way of viewing the use of performance space and spatial relationships on stage between the actors and the audience. Furthermore, we will explore how basic physical theatre techniques can be used widely as a performer when tacking a character's physical interpretation such as physicality, facial expressions, build, height and age. 

Key Learning Points

  • An understanding of how to create performance through physical theatre

  • How the tools used within physical theatre can be transferred in other areas of performance

  • How the use of physicality and movement can overcome restricted budgets

  • A variety of tools and skills to use in future projects

  • A developed understanding of how physical theatre can change an audience atmosphere