Actor Training Through Physical Theatre

Actor Training Workshops

Just sharing some photos from my actor training workshops (Actor Training Through Physical Theatre) that I’m running at We Draman. This was from our session on physical approaches to creating a character – you can see us doing some animal walks and commedia dell’arte archetypes.

Actor Training Through Physical Theatre

It’s possible that I’ll be doing an intensive workshop series in mainland China soon, through my own company – more news on that to come.

No Exit Dress Rehearsal

No Exit Dress Rehearsal Photos

Alfie’s photos from the dress rehearsal of No Exit. Like me, Alfie does many things… this time he translated the play, did the graphic design, and took the photos.

Chinese Puppetry Workshops

Chinese Puppetry Workshops

I’ve been attending some workshops in Chinese puppetry, at the JCCAC in Shek Kip Mei, which are amazingly run for free supported by the the Hong Kong government’s Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme. I’ll post more about it when it’s over, but here are some photos from today’s session:

Superheroes Don't Give a Shit Video Promo

超能人廢能事 | Superheroes

Promotional video for 超能人廢能事 (Cantonese with English subtitles):

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In the Zone of Stones

This is a video I’ve been working on with Mischa Twitchin, who created the live performance based on text from “Ill Seen Ill Said” by Samuel Beckett. The piece is performed by Penny Francis, and I shot it with a couple of cameras without any cuts – ideally it should be possible to switch between the two different cameras, but for now I’ve put them side by side. The voice is Mischa, and the music is from the “Winterreise” accompaniment by Franz Schubert (played by Gerald Moore) and from the Chaconne (BWV 1004), arranged for left hand by Johannes Brahms (played by Paul Wittgenstein). The above photo of Penny is from when she was concentrating on trying different angles with the mirror to get the light to shine on her face. She’s fantastic – she brought us ham sandwiches and mince pies and grapes.

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The Coming Tide

The Coming Tide was performed on 20th March 2013 in the tidal riverbed in Deptford Creek, with permission and help from the Creekside Education Trust.

The performance was conceived, devised and performed by Ivor Houlker, Jeanelle Archer, Holly Elson, Poppy Jackson and Riham Isaacs.

Academic discussion of the performance:

In the process of devising this performance, I was particularly interested in the development of ritualised pseudo-mythologized form out of the unique oppositions, architecture and transient nature of Deptford Creek.
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