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LOT (Basel) Mar 2021

LOT (Basel) Mar 2021

LOT (Basel) Mar 2021

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LOT (Basel) Mar 2021

Freddie Machin: A Whole New World Part 1
Creating a new and real world through a sensory approach to writing

This playwriting workshop is an experiment in sensory theatre. How do we make an audience feel something when none of us are in the same room?

The writing process will begin by taking inspiration from photographs, works of art, and music, asking questions in small groups about how the style, colour, and mood of certain pieces influence the world it conjures up.

We will then apply that same approach to drama, investigating how Caryl Churchill uses language, how she creates an earthy, human world in her play Fen, in contrast to the fleeting, imaginary spaces she carves out in Love and Information. And how do those contrasting worlds mesh together in a play like Top Girls? What can we learn from Churchill that will help us conjure up vivid sensations in our own writing, create atmosphere, and make the audience feel something?  

We will then start writing in response to sensory and imaginative prompts such as: can we write a dramatic scene that transmits heat, or smells bad, or feels rough to the touch? I also want to venture into wacky imaginative worlds – how would you write a play that is like a plate of spaghetti, or a pack of wolves, or a tumble dryer?

The group will then decide on a single imaginary world where all our stories will take place. It may be a fictional planet in outer space, the rapids of the river Nile, or even a bowl of trifle. Whatever it is, individual writers will then work towards populating it with people and problems and language that stimulate vivid sensation.

This is the first of a two-part writing and collaborative workshop, but can be taken separately, without the collaborative part.

Freddie Machin: A Whole New World Part 2
Bringing to life the world created in Part 1 in collaboration with the Creative Acting course students.

In the second weekend of the two-part workshop, we will welcome Janice’s group of actor-dramaturgs into our writers’ room to lead the dramaturgical process. They will work with individual writers to read and investigate the scenes they have written in order to better understand what the rules are that govern this world, and how the characters are interconnected. And we will learn how to adapt a text to the needs of performance, without losing its scent or flavour.

Participants don’t need to have any experience of writing dramatic texts, just an interest in exploring a whole new world through the medium of writing. But a good sense of smell and taste might be an advantage…

There will be a short (voluntary) sharing of this process, that is available to the wider workshop and LEATSS community, after the last session.

This is the second of a two-part workshop. By applying for this course, Part 1 will be automatically selected as well. It is not possible to only do Part 2.

George Ryan: Confidence and Power
Practical vocal and physical exercises to explore the dynamics of enhancing vocal power

Ever wonder how some public speakers never seem to strain their voices or ever grow ‘hoarse’ after long periods of speaking? Or how some people always seem to exude confidence and are so assured in expressing themselves?

In this fun and engaging one-day course, we will explore practical vocal and physical exercises that can easily be performed in the comfort and privacy of your home, in order to enable you to begin to speak with ease and confidence. We will explore dynamics of release whereby the more we release physically the more powerful we become vocally. 

Previous experience of vocal technique is not required to participate. We will explore both physical exercises and text to engage in imaginative vocal expression. We will also explore the physiology and anatomy of voice production and how this understanding will aid in maintaining your vocal health.

George Ryan: The Power of Persuasion
Unlocking potential in powerful speeches

Have you ever marvelled at a public figure’s ability to influence an audience with their words – even when you might completely disagree with their opinion? What these politicians and public figures use are the basic elements of classical rhetoric. In this one-day course we will look at ‘political speeches’ so that you too can learn these simple tools.

We will learn how to unlock the power of persuasion through the exploration of rhetorical forms from classical speeches to today's U.S. Congressional hearings. Through discussion and practical exercises, we will learn how to express our opinions to others in an effective and efficient manner.  

This will be a no-pressure and enjoyable learning environment where you will be given an opportunity to deliver a short speech to the rest of the group and build your confidence in the process.

It is highly recommended that students interested in this course first attend the Saturday course on vocal release techniques.

Graeme Du Fresne: Zoom in on Singing
A course specifically designed for online work, maximising Zoom’s potential for singing

This will be a course for unison (choral) singing and two-part harmonies. We will be working on songs ranging from the Beach Boys classic God Only Knows to Stephen Sondheim’s Send In The Clowns. We’ll also go Over The Rainbow’(Arlen/Harberg), and if there is time, down to The Sea (Trenet/Lawrence).

I will take you through exercises designed to improve and develop your technique, and to build confidence as we rehearse. The knowledge gained from a year’s experience of working exclusively on-line has allowed me to find and develop ways of maximising zoom’s potential for singing. I have therefore written bespoke choral arrangements especially for this course, which consist of sparse but helpful piano accompaniments.

TECHNOLOGY: This can be a daunting aspect if you’ve had little or no experience of software and gadgets in general but is actually not that difficult. I will run a training workshop on Thursday 11th March where we will go through all the devices and procedures required to get us all listening and seeing each other as clearly as possible. I have created a ‘Zoom for Singing’ help document which is in the Student Area on the LEATSS website.

Janice Dunn: In With The New Part 1
Experiencing acting techniques and exercises related to new work and its development

How do actors find their way without a map??

This is an acting course that explores ways to work with new plays, and new writing generally. It will allow us to jump into the exciting world of new work.

To go where no woman or man has gone before!

 

  • How does the actor help shape a new piece?
  • What can they bring to the character(s) and process?
  • What is it like to work with the writer in the room?
  • And what the hell is dramaturgy, and how do we do it?

 

The course is placed over two weekends; with the first exploring issues of text analysis, character development, and dramaturgy technique for the actor. It will be a lively, dynamic and fun process whereby we explore different types of new texts, via a series of different techniques: some character led, some story led, but all leading to a development of the material.

It isn’t necessary to have any previous experience of this type of work to participate in the workshop. It will take place in a supported environment, and the emphasis will be on learning through fun and doing. It is not academic, but is based on practical acting techniques and choices.

This is the first of a two-part workshop. It is possible to book this Part 1 as a stand-alone experience.

Janice Dunn: In With The New Part 2
Being part of a practical process where the skills and techniques from Part 1 are used, with the writers, on their freshly created material

How do actors find their way without a map??

This is an acting course that explores ways to work with new plays, and new writing generally. It will allow us to jump into the exciting world of new work.

To go where no woman or man has gone before!

 

  • How does the actor help shape a new piece?
  • What can they bring to the character(s) and process?
  • What is it like to work with the writer in the room?
  • And what the hell is dramaturgy, and how do we do it?

 

The course is placed over two weekends; the second offering a collaboration with the writers’ group, to work together on new texts, especially written for the weekend. This process of collaboration will involve the actors’ group practising the techniques from weekend one, on a series of new scenes. This will be done in smaller groups, with the support of Janice Dunn, and writers’ group leader Freddie Machin.

The aim of this weekend is to give the experience of a new writing process in microcosm. It will not be pressured, or about making a ‘performance’.

It isn’t necessary to have any previous experience of this type of work to participate in the workshop. It will take place in a supported environment, and the emphasis will be on learning through fun and doing. It is not academic, but is based on practical acting techniques and choices.

There will be a short (voluntary) sharing of this process, that is available to the wider workshop and LEATSS community, after the last session.

This is the second of a two-part workshop. By applying for this course, Part 1 will be automatically selected as well. It is not possible to do only Part 2.