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Arts training and development agency Arts+Media Training, and leading British theatre company The Wrestling School, join forces to present a four-day residential summer school focusing on the work of playwright Howard Barker.

Howard Barker's plays are celebrated all over Europe for their fearless exploration of power, sexuality and the ambiguity of human behaviour, using rich, poetic language filled with provocative ideas and vivid imagery.

The Wrestling School has established an international reputation over the last 12 years for its outstanding productions of Barker's plays, drawing audiences into these works through an exhilarating blend of sound and image that places language firmly at the core of performance.

Arts+Media Training has worked for 10 years with artists and arts organisations to nurture artistic development, debate and experimentation across all artforms. A+MT provides advice, masterclasses, training and mentoring for individuals and companies.

Led by Wrestling School company members, with contributions from Howard Barker and leading Barker authorities David Ian Rabey and Charles Lamb, the school will explore the elements which underpin The Wrestling School's method:

· Barker's Theatre of Catastrophe
· Contemporary tragedy in an age of social realism
· The role of seduction

· Vocal and physical demands
· Barker characters' articulacy and compulsion to speak
· How on-the-page directions inform characterisation
· Small group performance work by participants

· The writer as director
· Wrestling School process from page to performance
· Masterclasses on new texts
· Observation of Howard Barker's direction of the latest TWS project, 13 Objects

Up to thirty experienced actors, directors, practitioners and academics - from the UK and overseas - will participate in this unique event, to be held at Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham, between 28 and 31 July 2003.

For further information on the School, costs and bookings, please contact Rachel Sutton on 024 7622 7563 or email or visit the website at
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Rachel Sutton
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