This workshop explores the ways in which wearing masks can liberate parts of your character that don't normally come out to play, and free you up to be creative and to be yourself.
The workshop is run by Emily Gray, Artistic Director of Trestle Theatre Company. Trestle theatre masks are playful and accessible, they transform performers and transfix audiences. With a mask on you have the freedom to discover the world through another’s eyes.
In the workshop we explore techniques used to perform in full masks and half masks. Using exercises, games and improvisation the sessions covers physicality, focus and interaction with other masked performers as well as the audience.
No prior experience is needed and the workshop aims to develop confidence, play and physicality in performers.
The workshop will be limited to 16 people so that Emily can give good support and attention to every participant, and to allow everyone the opportunity to wear different types of mask.
Emily became Artistic Director of Trestle in 2004 and has developed the Company, introducing half masks and physical theatre to Trestle’s full mask work and embedding the Company into Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. Emily’s expertise in teaching mask theatre skills has grown to include running a Trestle MA in Drama Education and training performers and teachers across the world.
Previously, Emily was Artistic Director of TAG Theatre Company, a young people’s touring theatre based in Glasgow. From 1999 she was the Associate Director at Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s leading theatre for children and young people. In 1996 she was awarded the Channel 4 bursary for young directors at Nottingham Playhouse and Roundabout. Emily studied Theology at Cambridge University and trained in directing at The Central School of Speech and Drama and has since worked extensively in movement and devised storytelling theatre.
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