Berkoff and Brecht Workshop
This workshop is designed to give the students an in-depth session and insight into the works of some of theatres most recognised practitioners. We will explore either Steven Berkoff or Bertolt Brecht's practices and examples of their performance style to develop the students practical and theoretical understanding of the drama style used.
In a practical and interactive way, we will offer a session of exploration to greater understand how a particular practitioner 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 of said chosen practitioners, we will provide a safe space for exploration and experimentation to greater develop the understanding of the characteristics, how themes and issues are explored, the use of stimuli, how this is translated through genres, and the main influences that created this specific style of drama.
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 chosen practitioner. We will explore a variety of performance techniques and how this contrasts with other prominent practitioners. We will develop the students knowledge of the fundamentals of theatre through the eyes of the practitioner, and how to introduce their approach to text and character creation.
Key Learning Points
A basic 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 drama
Practice and explore techniques used within performance development