In this Mask Theatre workshop, students will embark on an exciting journey into the world of masks, exploring various styles and techniques to enhance their performance skills. Here’s an overview of what students can expect to learn and experience during this workshop:
1. Verbal to Non-Verbal Communication: Students will transition from verbal communication to non-verbal expression, a fundamental aspect of mask work. They will discover how to convey emotions, thoughts, and narratives solely through their physicality and facial expressions.
2. Full-Face to Half-Face Masks: This workshop covers a range of mask styles, including full-face and half-face masks. Students will explore each type’s unique characteristics and challenges, gaining a comprehensive understanding of mask performance.
3. Ensemble Performance: Mask work often involves ensemble performance, where students learn to collaborate effectively with their peers. They will engage in group exercises and scenes that require coordination and synchronization to create compelling performances.
4. Mask Technique: Students will delve into the technical aspects of mask performance. This includes understanding how to wear and manipulate masks for different effects, such as exaggerating expressions or concealing emotions.
5. Inner Monologue: While wearing masks, students will explore the concept of inner monologue, a technique that allows performers to convey a character’s thoughts and emotions without spoken words. This skill adds depth and complexity to mask performances.
6. Devising Skills: Devising is creating original theatrical content collaboratively. Students will develop their devising skills, learning how to generate ideas, structure scenes, and create compelling narratives within the context of mask theatre.
7. Comical and Dramatic Meaning: Masks can convey comical and dramatic moments on stage. Students will explore the versatility of masks in expressing a wide range of emotions and storytelling styles.
8. Mask Styles Covered: The workshop will introduce students to various mask styles, including:
Through hands-on exercises, improvisation, and creative exploration, students will gain valuable insights into the art of mask theatre. They will develop the skills needed to captivate audiences and convey rich narratives while wearing masks of different styles and expressions. This workshop encourages creativity, teamwork, and a deeper understanding of the power of non-verbal communication in theatrical performance.
Devised by: Clint Bolster
Directed by: Clint Bolster