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   8. Workshops for Schools
 


Workshop Title: STORYTELLING FOR THEATRE 1

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: 35 per facilitator per hour (70 for this workshops if using one facilitator)

Group Size:
No more than 25 if the age is under 12 (Primary School pupils). No more than 15-17 if the age is older (Secondary School pupils). If the group is larger then they should be separated and extra facilitators hired.

Materials: None

Preferred venue:
Large secluded room with space sufficient for movement and noise-making.

Content:
Pupils are introduced to the form of drama, using their own bodies to communicate images and ideas (via sculpting, visual composition, posing etc). They are then reminded of the essential skills of story-telling, of constructing a short three part story in images, and of showing this story to an audience (themselves). Acting skills such as clarity, focus, narrative logic, expression and presentation are the subject of the work.


Workshop Title: STORYTELLING FOR THEATRE 2

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: 35 per facilitator per hour (70 for this workshops if using one facilitator)

Group Size:
No more than 25 if the age is under 12 (Primary School pupils). No more than 15-17 if the age is older (Secondary School pupils). If the group is larger then they should be separated and extra facilitators hired.

Materials: None

Preferred venue:
Large secluded room with space sufficient for movement and noise-making.

Content:
After the initial warm-up and confidence building exercises the pupils are shown how to make/act 'masks' of their true situations (i.e. demonstrate in sculpted forms the key emotions felt during an episode from their recent experience). Then they are shown how to develop frames for stories based on their own experiences and to perform these for the rest of the class. They are encouraged to experiment with narrative, voice and performance techniques (e.g. voice-over, flashback, slow motion, etc).


Workshop Title: STORYTELLING FOR THEATRE 3

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: 35 per facilitator per hour (70 for this workshops if using one facilitator)

Group Size:
No more than 25 if the age is under 12 (Primary School pupils). No more than 15-17 if the age is older (Secondary School pupils). If the group is larger then they should be separated and extra facilitators hired.

Materials: None

Preferred venue:
Large secluded room with space sufficient for movement and noise-making.

Content:
For groups already familiar with drama this workshop explores improvisation techniques such as status games, 'give and take', sharing the focus, keeping a narrative alive, and creatively concluding an episode. Pupils work with material which comes from or is adapted from their own experience and which is performed for each other at the end of the workshop.


Workshop Title: SHAKESPEARE MASTERCLASS 1

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: 70 per group of 20

Materials: Extracts from play being studied by class.

Preferred venue:
Large secluded room with space sufficient for movement and noise-making.

Content:
Initial warm-up and imaginative-release exercises followed by an improvisation based around the essential conflict/tension found in two key scenes from Shakespeare. This is followed by smaller groups working on the actual scenes themselves, being directed by the facilitator(s) and performing the scenes to each other. The masterclass concludes by examining the group's understanding of the dramatic/performative qualities inherent in the scenes and in the play in general.


Workshop Title: SHAKESPEARE MASTERCLASS 2

Duration: 2 hours

Fee: 70 per group of 20

Materials: Extract from play being studied by class.

Venue: Large secluded room with space sufficient for movement and noise-making.

Content:
Warm-up and release exercises followed by textual analysis of extract chosen. The analysis is designed to explore the scene from all of the major staging viewpoints (set design, costume design, lighting, direction, movement and action). The group is divided into two sub-groups each of whose members are assigned various roles (director, actor, action/fight director, etc). The class is shown how to bring the piece to life, by rehearsing it and then staging it for classmates. The masterclass concludes with a discussion / evaluation of the play from a staging perspective informed by the company's experience.


Workshop Title: BEHIND THE SCENES

Duration: 1 hour

Fee: 30

Materials: None

Venue: Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge.

Content:
An introductory workshop with tour for those who have never been to a professional theatre production. It is also suitable for those who have little or no understanding of what happens in a theatre. Pupils are taken on a tour of the theatre, backstage area (and gallery spaces) with a discussion about the process of staging a play. They are given an understanding of the key roles and functions involved in the production process. Some exercises and games are performed with the group - these are designed to increase an awareness of performing, of being an actor, a director, and being in the audience.


Workshop Title: DESIGN FOR THEATRE

Duration: 6 hours (three two-hour workshops)

Facilitation Fee: 210 per group of 15 - 20

Materials:
Card (mounting board or art-card, or cardboard show boxes), glue, scalpels or scissors, rulers, poster paints, brushes, blue-tack (one pack per person), foil, string. Materials can be provided, if the school wishes, at an extra cost (simply the cost of purchase).

Preferred venue:
Large bright and ventilated room, with table or surfaces for art work.

Content:
This workshop explores the process of designing for a live performance. Part One introduces basic design concepts and analyses the playscript for design ideas. Sketches and scale drawings can be made of the model, time permitting. Part Two shows how to construct a model box of the set. Each student will make their own and incorporate their own ideas into the finished product. Depending on time and detail, students may likely have to complete the box on their own or with their teacher at a later stage.


Workshop Title: MASK MAKING

Duration: 6 hours (three two-hour workshops)

Fee: 210 per group of 15 - 20

Materials:
Gum-paper, tissue, papier mache, sellotape and fixing tape, poster paints and brushes. Materials can be provided at an extra cost. Preferred venue: Large bright and ventilated room, with table or surfaces for artwork.

Content:
Pupils are taught how to explore their own characters, and fantasy characters using their own features. They make basic head-moulds with the materials and then elaborate these by decoration and emphasis of facial features. The mask type is the one familiar to people from Macnas street parades.

 
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