Mask technique and the physical body (level 1)

Course Dates: 02/06/24
Time: 11:30 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
This playful and creative mask course, suitable for students at any level, introduces you to the mask. You will be carefully guided to explore the principals and techniques required to bring a character to life, to create speech with the body and without the voice. Masks will be provided but why not bring along some different style outfits and a variety of hats with you, then you’ll have more to play with on the day.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: DRB160

Sun, day, 02 Jun - 02 Jun '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

A mask is similar to any script, it comes with the clues and provocations towards performance. We will discover ways of unlocking these clues together, through playful improvisations while building layered aspects of technique simultaneously.
This course will expand any performers physical awareness of their body and how to use this as a more nuanced and rich tool in the future towards greater depth, it will connect you with your body and show you the immense joy of play without words.

What will we cover?

Working on the fundamental techniques and physical aspects needed for mask work we will establish a core understanding of working with mask.
We will explore the technicalities of mask work uncovering rhythm and timing, reactions and connections.
As we engage and use our bodies physically we will develop physical subtlety and communication with the body.
Craft and build a character throughout the workshop that will be physically and emotionally rich using specific mask based techniques
You will be introduced to interactive techniques required for sharing with the audience and keeping the mask alive in performance.
Using these techniques you will take them into improvisations and scenarios together towards developing your own hands on experience working with mask and discovering the beautiful challenges this theatre form offers you.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Explore key styles of mask work and the techniques used within this style.
Create the initial beginnings of your very own character after exploring the physical and mental aspects of performing in the mask.
Perform confidently in improvising in a variety of styles and scenarios with and without the mask.
Recognise the coordination and rhythmic properties of mask work and how that then connects with the audience.
Perform and communicate with a stronger richness in your body, so that you can take into any and all future work ahead.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

An understanding of acting and improvisation is helpful. No experience is needed BUT an openness to embrace your inner fool is vital and to be open in exploring these techniques curiously and playfully.

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Take part in class discussions.
• Read a script and/or related text.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group and solo work, developed through various exercises and improvisations.

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A mask will be provided however if you can bring along some different style outfits and a variety of hats with you, then you’ll have more to play with on the day.
Wear comfortable appropriate clothing that allows for ease of movement, similar to something you’d wear going to the gym.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Mask technique and performance (level 2) or search our website for Physical Skills For Actors which offers Stage Combat, Mime, Physical Theatre, Movement for Actors and Lecoq techniques alternatively speak to the tutor for advice and guidance.

Sean Croft Tutor Website

Sean trained at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, a world renowned school for physical theatre. Over the two years he trained in devised theatre, ensemble building, character development, mask work, mime, object manipulation / puppetry and clowning, among a vast array of other training. Sean also trained at East 15 Acting School on the BA Hons / Acting & Stage Combat degree graduating in 2011, gaining specialist skills in nine different weapon sets alongside an extensive acting program, in contemporary and classical work and practitioners. Sean works as a performer, director and choreographer, and regularly leads workshops and courses for theatre companies across the UK, Europe and Asia. His approach to theatre follows predominantly from his training at Lecoq, with the body and with a playful curiosity, exploring the space and how the body moves within it. In his courses he hopes to open up a deeper understanding of performance technique, emotional engagement, physicality and the exploration of all aspects of life through theatre and to share his deep profound love of what he does with others.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.