Course Tutor: Didi Hopkins
Commedia dell'Arte is a highly effective tool for students of all abilities and ages and a template that can be applied to classical text or contemporary theatre making. We are running this special two-day course following demand from participants in our previous one-day workshops. It will help if you have attended Didi's previous one-day course but it is not essential. There will be a half-day refresher session on the first day to remind participants of the Commedia characters. The rest of the course will give everybody the opportunity to improvise, explore and perform Commedia scenarios in depth.
This highly practical two-day course gives a solid foundation in commedia, exploring masks and character types, physical storytelling, improvisation, lazzi, stagecraft, grommelot and developing scenarios. Each element of the training can be used to launch other work with actors and students. The strategies, exercises and techniques together form the ABC of commedia for the classroom. High quality professional Commedia masks are supplied for use during the session.
Didi Hopkins (Commediaworks) was advisor to Richard Bean when he was writing One Man, Two Guvnors and she works regularly for the National Theatre Education department.
"A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history." - The Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors.
Course Tutor: Kevin McCurdy
In 2014 we are offering a new one-day course on unarmed stage-fighting with acclaimed Stage Combat Master Kevin McCurdy who choreographs for films, TV and theatre (including The Drowned Man by the National Theatre and Punchdrunk and numerous plays at Shakespeare's Globe and the RSC). The course is suitable for teachers and other drama professionals - no experience is required! Stage fighting includes both psychological and physical aspects and Kevin will focus on such topics as eye contact, negotiating territory, hand to hand fighting (pulls, grabs and pushes), ways of falling and using the correct amount of intention so that the fight choreography is safe and effective.
This highly practical one-day course gives participants the opportunity to learn from a professional fight director and to take away many ideas and techniques which can easily be used when depicting conflict on stage whether you are working with young people or adults. This will be a lively and enjoyable workshop and you will have the opportunity to record your own videos as we move through the day to remind you of the moves afterwards. You will also be given access to photos and videos taken by Drama Resource during the sessions.
As well as being a teacher at the Royal Welsh College, Kevin has an extensive CV working on a huge range of fight scenes in TV, film, theatre, music and video games. He has worked with top-class actors such as Nicholas Cage and was fight director for Batman Live World Arena Tour and Disney Pixar's John Carter. He directed fight scenes for a number of videos for Mumford & Sons including Lover of The Light and Blind Man. You can see a montage of Kev rehearsing for a range of movies in the video below. Unlike in the video, our workshop does not cover the use of any weapons!
Course Tutor: John Wright
Drama Resource is proud to present a Masterclass with John Wright. This one-day practical course investigates a structured approach to devising theatre. John will cover three main aspects of his work:
The course is ideal for potential theatre-makers who would like to devise theatre with adults or young people and will help teachers who require a structured approach that they can use in the classroom or studio.
John Wright is an internationally renowned teacher and director and the author of Why Is That So Funny?
"Theatre about as inventive, imaginative and fantastical as it gets." - Time Out.