Course Tutor: Didi Hopkins
Commedia dell'Arte is a highly effective tool for students of all abilities and ages. It is a template that can be applied to classical text or contemporary theatre making. This highly practical one-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 and the day culminates with the development and performance of classic two-person scenarios. High quality professional Commedia masks are supplied.
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: 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.
Since 2005 Drama Resource has offered a range of high quality training opportunities to hundreds of teachers, teaching assistants, drama practitioners, actors and directors. Courses on drama in education explore the role of drama techniques to use across the curriculum. Courses on directing and devising theatre use exciting and creative approaches to developing group performance. All courses are highly practical and supported by course notes, enabling participants to easily adapt the approaches for their own use.