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20 Lazzis In A Hat

20 Lazzis In A Hat is pure entertainment! An exciting journey into the heart of Commedia Dell’arte: promising students non-stop fun, comedy and excitement. Audiences will discover the origins of Commedia Dell’Arte and will witness, first hand, the nature of its improvised nature.

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Absurd 4

Two Actors. Twelve Characters. Four Absurdist Plays. Claude and Tina an internationally acclaimed comedy duo from The United Kingdom Theatre For The Absurd Academy, are facilitating a lecture on 4 adaptions of 4 Absurdist Plays.

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The Spirit Of The Mask

It is an interactive performance and workshop in one, designed to demonstrate the essential conventions of traditional Commedia as well as comic and mask performance. The focus of the show explores the ways these comic traditions continue to engage audiences.

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Life? It’s a circus!

Through the use of high level physicality, balloons, poetry, balancing chairs, acrobatic antics and clown, these two highly experienced circus theatre performers promise to take you on a thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining journey through the ups and downs of life.

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Commedia Dell’Arte

This fun, playful and energetic workshop introduces students to the style of Commedia Dell’Arte. Students will physically explore high and low status stock characters, classic scenarios and develop improvisational skills.

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Mask Theatre

The World Of Masks is a specialised workshop designed to teach students a variety of mask styles – from verbal to non verbal. Students will explore specific ensemble building techniques and develop and ‘economy of moment’ in order to clearly demonstrate comical and/or dramatic meaning on stage.

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Clown

In this workshop students will discover their inner clown (everybody’s got one!) and have each other rolling on the floor laughing one minute and ‘awwing’ in sympathy the next. This training is incredibly rewarding for your students, as it develops their authenticity, venerability and confidence.

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Physical Theatre & Circus

It’s Theatre meets Circus via a whole range of physical skills that can be applied to any unit, be it Brecht, Shakespeare, Clown, Physical Theatre or… Circus!

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Slapstick & Stage Combat

The physical discipline required develops focus and builds trust within the group, and yes, getting to pretend punch your friends is also pretty fun. (All conducted within safe, clearly explained parameters!)

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Absurdism

Absurdism is a philosophical stance embracing a wide range of relativist perspectives, which implies that the efforts of humanity to find or absolutely define, limit, express or exclude the inherent meanings of anything, including human existence, are absurd because the qualities of communicable information available to the human mind, and relationships within Reality makes any certainty about such impossible. 

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Brechtian Theatre

Delve into the world of Bertolt Brecht! Epic theatre (German: episches Theater) was primarily proposed by Bertolt Brecht who suggested that a play should not cause the spectator to identify emotionally with the characters or action before them, but should instead provoke rational self-reflection and a critical view of the action on the stage.

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Non-verbal Communication and Mime

This workshop is all about non-verbal communication as a means of short-circuiting the censoring, logical brain, and developing physical expression, ensemble spirit and group-devising skills. Through a series of exercises students will work together in silence to create theatre, and just watch their expressiveness increase as the workshop unfolds.

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Political Satire

Political satire is a significant part of satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics; it has also been used with subversive intent where political speech and dissent are forbidden by a regime, as a method of advancing political arguments where such arguments are expressly forbidden.

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Melodrama

Melodramas are moral tales that illustrate a battle between good and evil, where good would triumph and bring morality or justice in society. Rather than have realistic characters, the melodrama had what are known as stock characters, or characters based on set personalities or stereotypes. Students will discover:

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Creating Theatre For Young People

Unlock your imagination and become a child again… what would you want to watch? A specialised workshop in how to create original new works for a young audience.

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Clowns in Shakespeare

Appearing in most of Shakespeare’s dramas, the clown or fool figure remains one of the most intriguing stage characters in the Shakespearean oeuvre and has frequently captured the interest of contemporary critics and modern audiences.

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