The role of the mentor

At the moment I am in the midst of marking Research Presentations from around the world. It is amazing what the range of presentation styles is like, and so exciting to see students that research thoroughly and authentically, then genuinely and passionately share their findings. Some students of course just share the information without an ounce of excitement, sparkle or interest - now, you are not marked for your enthusiasm, but I can safely say that students who have enjoyed the ...

Being inspired by a live performance

The other day I had the joy of seeing a live performance of Matthew Bourne's 'Early Adventures' at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry. Not only was I blown away by the dexterity of the dancers, the cheekiness of the characters and the sheer brilliance of Bourne's ingenuity, but also by the unique use of starting points and props. The towelography was a high-light! This blog will look at some sections of the performance and provide some ideas for how you could base ...

Immersive Theatre – How Theatre companies do it

Last week I went to the theatre to see a play that a friend had written. It was being performed at my local theatre in Coventry, The Belgrade. As I had not taken my mum to the theatre for a while, I thought it would be nice to get her a ticket too. All we knew about the play was that that is was 'a fast-paced, energy fuelled love story for a lost generation without hope.' (taken from the Belgrade ...

Resources for Realism

Recently a friend asked me what the difference was between emotional recall and sensory memory. This was an interesting one for me to answer, as ultimately they are the same thing but rooted in the ideologies of two different theorists - Stanislavsky and Strasberg. This got me thinking that for many people out there the sea of theorists that focus on realism or naturalism is vast and a hard one to navigate, particularly if you a looking for a focus ...

Realism and theorists

When approaching devising, directing and the solo theatre piece, the question about who your theorist will be in a huge conundrum. For many students out there I know you are familiar with realism, love and and maybe want to focus on it for your chosen theorist. Also when working on the collaborative project you may feel you want to take a directorial stand that focus on realism. To widen the net a little, this blog will focus on some people and ...

Necessary theatre – Complicite

By Monday, December 12, 2016 No tags 0

When you start to make a piece of theatre do you ask yourself why you are doing this? What is the point of it? What do you really want to say? What needs to be said? Why? Why now? And….have I got my facts right? These are questions that are addressed by Complicite when they start their devising process, another area that Simon Mc Burney brings up, in his interview at the Barbican, is exploring the things we don't understand. He ...

Working with Laban technique

Recently I have been working in schools in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, and one thing I did with the students was explore ways into theatre creation and character work using some Laban technique. This blog will outline some of the ways in to using movement as a starting point for creating work, and will also provide readers with some movement vocabulary they can use with other people they are working with. Stage 1 - Understanding your own space When working ...

How do you see the world… and then how do you collaborate?

By Friday, September 23, 2016 No tags 0

This month I have been in Dharamsala in the Himalayas of India, staying in Bhagsu, a little village just a stone’s throw from the Dalai Lama’s monastery and temple (he is here on Monday, so I am going to hear him speak). I have been here intensively studying to be a yoga teacher, and today I taught my first lesson of Vinyasa flow yoga for my exam. What has yoga got to do with theatre, or collaboration? I hear you ...

Yoga and Theatre – Experiences from Dharamsala

This month I have been in Dharamsala in the Himalayas of India, staying in Bhagsu, a little village just a stone’s throw from the Dalai Lama’s monastery and temple (he is here on Monday, so I am going to hear him speak). I have been here intensively studying to be a yoga teacher, and today I taught my first lesson of Vinyasa flow yoga for my exam. What has yoga got to do with theatre, or collaboration? I hear you ...

Using a place as a starting point

The other day I went to see the wonderful devising company HIGHLY SPRUNG working with young people. They had been running what is called a Physical Theatre fellowship, where students worked from 2 days to 2 months on devising original theatre from a starting point. The piece that grabbed me the most, for its ingenuity, was the piece based on the place that the students were from. That place is Coventry. You may not have heard of Coventry, in the centre of ...