Introduction to Physical Theatre

Q: What’s Physical Theatre?

A: Almost anything you want it to be!

Put simply, Physical Theatre is any type of performance that tells a story through movement and physicality. Sometimes it can look like dance. Other times it combines action with spoken text and a strong narrative. It covers a whole range of approaches, art-forms and performance skills–from precise choreography to clowning around, and everything in between.

Done well, Physical Theatre is vital and exciting – and physically demanding. It also demands imagination and attention – from performers and audiences alike.

We know you’ll love it!

In this term’s Introduction to Physical Theatre…

We’ll work in 2-week blocks. You’ll learn a performance skill in week 1, then in week 2 you’ll devise, perform and film a short piece of Physical Theatre.

Our first 2-week block explores storytelling with masks and will look something like this…

Week 1: you’ll learn the basic skills for working with masks, trying out different characters in fun exercises

Week 2: you’ll create, rehearse and film short sketches in mask. These will be shown at the next session then officially released on the Studio Theatre YouTube channel.

In Week 3, we’ll look at a new Physical Theatre skill – but we don’t want to spoil the surprise just yet!

We do promise that every session will be energetic, fun and packed to the brim with creative ideas and inspiration.

Useful to know:

  • no previous theatre experience necessary
  • no audition required
  • the programme is open to young people from age 8 and up, but please note that participants will need to have a level of maturity and concentration to be able to get the most out of the sessions
  • participants will need to be able to be focused and keen to learn new skills, experiment, take creative risks and make mistakes
  • we expect the workshops to be lively, energetic and probably a bit noisy
  • all participants will need photo permission forms signed

We reserve the right to cancel programmes if there are insufficient numbers to allow workshops to run successfully.

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This is for you if…

  • you’d like to learn new performance skills that are energetic and dynamic
  • you don’t mind taking part in workshops that are physically demanding at times
  • you want to push yourself creatively
  • you’ve enjoyed previous workshops at The Studio Theatre (such as the Saturday workshops, MYT Summer School, Mask Workshops with Colin White etc.) either as a participant or a member of the audience

These classes won’t be suited to everyone—if we feel your child would get more out of an alternative class, we’ll discuss this with you.

For Ages:

8 to 18 years

Times:

Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm (3 hours)

Dates:

31 Aug to 07 Dec [no sessions on 12, 19, 26 Oct]

Cost:

£96 for 12 weeks, payable in 2 instalments of £48

What to bring to workshops:

  • comfortable clothes that are easy to move in
  • grippy socks or non-marking trainers to wear
  • water