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LES BUBB - Playing with the Invisible - A Crash Course in Mime

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Taught in 1 hour lessons over 5 days, this is for anyone wishing to learn how to create believable illusions through the medium of mime

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Mime is an essential tool for actors, clowns, dancers, puppeteers, singers - in fact, practically any branch of the performing arts.

We all have an imagination. This is a given, but our human characters differ due to a myriad of individual experiences. Play is key to keeping an audience engaged with what otherwise would be the pure exercise of technique.

This course is for anyone wishing to learn how to create believable illusions through the medium of mime, and to develop their capacity to play with these new-found skills.

It will entail brief exercises to limber up and ensure your body is in a fit state to absorb this new skill without injury, but individual ‘warming up’ prior to the start of each session is encouraged.

We will create magic when we learn how to isolate and articulate different parts of the body, exploring the movement range of the joints required to create illusions.

We will learn how to hold objects, ascertain their physical qualities and show the weight of them by picking them up, putting them down, and passing them from hand to hand.

Larger scale illusions will be achieved largely with upper torso work and the shifting of weight. The isolation and articulation of the hip, knee and foot joints will lead to ‘mime walks’. All of the exercises are about making visible the process of effort, the key ingredient to believable illusions. You CAN learn this in a week AND remotely via Zoom.

Les Bubb studied mime with Desmond Jones in London, and with Etienne Decroux, Theatre du Mouvement, Daniel Stein, Thomas Leabhart, Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux in Paris. He quickly became popular with his unique blend of mime and metaphysical clowning, joining the new wave of alternative comedy of the 1980s, touring as a support act with contemporaries Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Lenny Henry. From 1997 to 2002 Les starred in and co-wrote the series HUBUBB for BBC1, making his distinctive surreal humour popular to a whole new generation. More recently Les has worked on several Harry Potter films, toured with Take That and performed in Kneehigh’s The Tim Drum.

The course is aimed at people with some previous performing experience, whether professional or not. Body-awareness or movement skill (dance, acrobatics, yoga, etc) would be an advantage, but are not strictly required.

The class will be limited to 16 people. Minimum age is 18 +

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