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.

Polyphonic Singing Hong Kong

Polyphonic Singing: Voice and Theatre Practice

I’m co-teaching a course on polyphonic song in Hong Kong – the full title is long: 同流演藝課程:複調演唱:聲音訓練與劇場應用 Polyphonic Singing: Voice and Theatre Practice. Details in Chinese here.

Here come the details:

Polyphonic song is a tradition of singing together in different voices, which combine to make the whole sound. The origins vocal polyphony can be traced far back in the cultures of Greece, Albania, Serbia, and Georgia. Georgian polyphonic song is described by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (as is Chinese tea!). Songs are taught through listening rather than by following scores, and are usually sung a cappella.
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Actor Training Through Physical Theatre (形體劇場之演員訓練)

Actor Training Through Physical Theatre (形體劇場之演員訓練)

I’m running another series of training workshops next year (2015). This time they’ll have more of a focus on actor-training, with some text work and leading up to a final public performance. Details are available in Chinese here.

About the Course

There are two major schools of thought in actor training, focusing on either the psychological process, or on physical technique. Practitioners of physical theatre place an emphasis on the latter, but this physical engagement often leads to a heightened emotional responsiveness, and improves the performer’s ability to project (rather than simply experience) a character’s psychology.
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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.

No Exit Rehearsal Photos

No More No Exit

No Exit has finished as quickly as it started. We managed a full house every night, which was wonderful and unexpected. It was a very good experience to have a post-show discussion every night and hear a lot of different opinions and questions from different audiences. I’m sure this will be very helpful when we come to stage it fully.
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No Exit Rehearsal Photos

No Exit Last Day of Rehearsals

Photos by the talented Alfie Leung (also the translator and graphic designer for No Exit). Everything has come together very quickly and we’re already opening the show tomorrow. It’s running from 10-13 December at 8pm at We Draman, and it’s a rehearsed reading with a post-show talk. It’s definitely towards the more active end of the rehearsed-reading spectrum, with blocking, lights, sound, costume, props etc.
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No Exit Reading, First Rehearsal

No Exit First Rehearsal Photos

We started rehearsals for the rehearsed reading of No Exit that I’m directing (new translation into Cantonese by Alfie Leung, produced by We Draman). Here are some photos from the first rehearsal – by Mag Tong, Tang Wai Kit and Michelle Li, with apologies for not teaching them how to use the strangely configured focus buttons on my camera. The show is on very soon, from the 10th-13th December.
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