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Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff
Three Day Workshop
24th/25th/25th May
10.30 - 5.00
Cost: £45 for the three days

A series of workshops exploring mask as a tool for actor development. Beginning by examining habit as a barrier to expressiveness, these workshops aim to unlock creativity and free the body to 'play'. Over the three days/weekends, using a heady mix of clown, half mask and archetypal mask, the sessions will explore the body, voice and space as the raw material for discovery.

Although these workshops are aimed primarily at performers, they do not require previous experience, offering possibilities for exploration of play and creativity beyond the theatre.

Day 1: Bodies at play
Building blocks will include: Warming up without damage, Centres and Gesture lines, the Body in space. 'Moving' from motion to emotion, this workshop aims to awaken the senses to the possibilities of 'play' we discovered as children.

Day 2: Moving Energies
A mask is a movement quality. This workshop explores the possibilities for change offered by half-masks drawn from Commedia and Eastern traditions. Although we will touch on improvisation and mask as character, the focus is primarily on what you can take from the mask rather than the mask in performance.

Day 3: Mask, Voice, Text
This intensive voice workshop treats the making of sound as a whole body activity and uses the discoveries of the previous workshops as a way of unlocking vocal potential. In the second half of the workshop we will work with texts of your choosing which will need to be learnt absolutely by heart.

Workshops will be lead by Laura Haughey and Bill Hopkinson.

Laura is a physiotherapist specialising in the performer's body. She offers therapeutic, analytical and creative approaches to this process of experiencing how we move. Her work as a movement director for theatre ranges from work with the very young, to people with multiple disabilities and dancing Deaf culture.

Bill is an award-winning theatre director and dramaturge, who has taught mask work at Drama schools and Actors Centres for more than a decade. He is currently Development Director for Sgript Cymru with responsibility for the company's education and development work. His mask production of The Canturbury Tales was presented and acclaimed during Swansea year of Literature.
Sgript Cymru  
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Bill Hopkinson, Sgript Cymru
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