workshops for schools and the general public

 

Theatre du Pif have been teaching workshops for schools since 1992 and have led groups in Scotland, Hong Kong, China, Germany and Macau.

They have also taught at several notable Drama schools such as The Beijing Academy for Dramatic Arts, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Royal Scottish Academy for Music and Drama.

The range of workshops are extensive and include physical preparation of the body, acting and improvisation, devising theatre, the neutral mask, movement and voice technique and the Feldenkrais Method.

Specific themed workshops include:

1) From the page to the stage
This workshop gives students the chance to explore their own creativity and present a short theatre piece based around a piece of fiction, e.g. novel, poem, short story.

The workshop explores in a very practical way, the techniques used in finding theatre forms (writing, drama, movement, music, use of space) from a base source of literature.

The workshops usually include a short presentation of the student's work.

It is the intention of the workshop to inspire students to create their own work and to foster a belief in their own unique talents.

The above workshop can also be for secondary school teachers who wish to learn some of the techniques and skills used in devising theatre.

2) Vocabulary of Movement
This workshop aims to explore the different components inherent in 'movement', for example, speed, shape, dynamics, tension, relaxation, orientation in space and then investigate how they can be utilized in the creation of poetic drama. Through experimenting with the vocabulary of movement, the participants will be challenged to heighten their sensitivity, and develop their dramatic instinct towards performance in general.

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