Theatre Workshops

Include a theatre workshop in your trip to London

theatre breaks education - drama workshops for school groupsAll of the following workshops involve exercises used in Drama School training and professional theatre rehearsals. All workshops are interactive, with emphasis on students participation, learning new techniques, developing confidence, and improving their understanding of theatre and performance.

Each workshop lasts for two hours, and is either self contained, or can be tailored to a groups interests and abilities, focusing on a chosen production if required.

Workshop Summaries

Theatre 101: A fun workshop for students with little or no experience of theatre.

Actors Warm-up, including breath control and focus
Improvisation games to develop imagination and creativity
Space Awareness / Movement
Image theatre and story-telling
Gestures, Expressions and Clowning
Communication Technique

Acting. Exercises vary depending on age and experience, and can include the following exercises:

Actors warm-up, including breath control and focus
Improvisation games to develop imagination and creativity
Space Awareness „h Emotional Memory: Stanislavsky
Character development (based on selected productions)
Physicality and Movement (exploring physical gesture and expression)
Colour / Animal Associations „h Voice and Speech
Non verbal sounds in performance „h Sphere¡¦s of performance
Persona, Stereotype, Characterisation & Truth

Shakespeare: Performance techniques to read and play Shakespeare

Actors warm-up, including breath control and focus
Introduction to Shakespeare¡¦s language and techniques – Verse/Prose
Speaking Shakespeare – vocal difference between Verse & Prose
Acting Shakespeare – how Shakespeare directs the actor
Intentions and Emotional Projections
Character Analysis – Traditional Stereo-types
Breaking the Stereotype
Text / Scene analysis and performance

Story Telling: A fully interactive workshop with the group creating its own stories.

Actors warm up, including physical and vocal exercises
Improvisation games to develop imagination and creativity
A picture paints a thousand words: Creating group tableaux stories
Story telling exercises, using inspiration from personal items, photographs and letters
– And then group story telling exercise
Life stories

We Can Do It: A devised theatre workshop, exploring techniques used by historical and contemporary theatre practitioners. Most suited for ages 13+.

Actors warm-up, including physical and vocal exercises, breath control and focus
The Self – exploration of our physical structure and abilities/limits
Space awareness, non-verbal communication and physical improvisation
Image Theatre, devising from tableaux
The Machine: Group images and creation of performances
Text: Creation of performance from poetry and play texts
Lines: focus and interaction exercise

Are You Feeling Wicked?

Some people are born wicked, others have wickedness thrust upon them
A self-reflective workshop on identity – exploring what makes us unique?

Actors warm-up, including physical and vocal exercises, breath control and focus
The Self – exploration of our physical selves, our abilities and our limits
Physical characterisation
Are we defined by the labels society gives us?
Creation of performance from our own labels.
Expanding our horizons, exploring our desires and dreams through non verbal performance
Emotional memory, colour therapy and animal associations

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