AS and A2

"An excellent workshop. Informative and interesting with the right balance of practical activities and theory. Well tailored to the demands of the examination specification and clearly run by an expert in the dark art of Stanislavski."
Barry Young   Head of Drama   The Broxbourne School

The Stanislavski Experience was established to offer teachers a resource designed to aid them in their delivery of their syllabus.

We currently run a range of workshops specifically designed to fulfill the Edexcel | AQA and OCR syllabus requirements at Advanced Level.

Our workshops designed specifically for A Level are:

 
  • Stanislavski

  • Using Stanislavski with your chosen play

  • Physical Theatre

  • Performing a Monologue or Duologue

  • Berkoff

  • Using Berkoff with your chosen play

  • Devising Drama

  • Directing a play / The Director’s Perspective

  • Study of a set play

  • Greek Theatre

  • Brecht

  • Grotowski

  • Artaud

  • Experimental Theatre

  • The Stanislavski Experience ::: Constantin Stanislavski

    Constantin Stanislavski

     


    Stanislavski Workshop

    Our Stanislavski workshop gives the student a set of tools to help them understand and use the Stanislavski system. Your students will practically explore exercises on:

  • The Objective

  • Action

  • Imagination

  • Free body

  • Communication

  • Tempo-Rhythm

  • The super objective

  • The germ of the character


  • These tools can then be used to create a character and actively analyse a piece of text of your choice. The second part of the workshop sees your students getting up on their feet and experiencing the Stanislavski rehearsal process first hand. The workshop will give your students a solid practical and theoretical understanding of the system and how to use it effectively with text or when devising.

    Physical Theatre / Lecoq workshops

    Our Physical Theatre workshops are run by a Lecoq trained practitioner and are designed to support the Edexcel, OCR and AQA syllabi.

    Workshops can be designed to use Masks, Storytelling techniques, Mime or Greek Theatre. Our Devising workshops prepare students for the presentation of a piece of Devised Theatre as part of the A2 syllabus.

    The Physical Theatre workshop can examine practitioners such as Boal and Brecht or be used to examine the techniques used by Directors such as Berkoff in relation to his plays.



    Performing a Monologue or Duologue

    This workshop uses the Stanislavski system to give the students specific tools that can then be used when analysing, standing up and performing their monologue or duologue. The students are given clear guidelines that can bring their pieces to life and search for the internal truth of their character. There is an also an option for this workshop to follow a more experimental or physical path.



    Berkoff

    Our Berkoff workshop explores professional rehearsal techniques and exercises used to achieve a practical understanding of Berkoff’s rich poetic language and ensemble physical performance style. The workshop can be linked to Metamorphosis, Greek or any of Berkoff’s plays. Our practitioner has played Greta in Metamorphosis and The Wife in Greek.




    Devising Drama

    Our devising workshops are particularly geared towards A2 practical performances, students are encouraged to work as a professional company of actors on a devising process. Using the unique talents and creativity of each group, our theatre practitioner will use exercises that focus on the sharing of style, culture, individual experience, planning, thinking and practical experiment of ideas. The workshop can be structured to facilitate any stage of your student’s progress and will prioritise the key examination requirements that might be enhanced by the input of an outside theatre professional.




    Artaud

    The Artaud workshop looks at arrange of exercises that bring Artaud’s theories to life, giving the student a practical way into Artaud that can then be related to their devising or text work.




    Grotowski

    The Grotowski workshop covers key exercises to examine poor theatre and the total act. It will include the process of elimination ie.via negativa, the organic mask, construction of signs, interpretation of text, theatre as an encounter and take the actor and spectator into the rehearsal process.


    Directing a play / The Director’s Perspective

    The workshop involves exercises based on your set text that examines the play from the perspective of the Director. Students will analyse and stand up a section of the play experiencing the techniques and craft of the Theatre Director first hand. Texts that can be used in the workshop include:

  • Lysistrata

  • Dr Faustus

  • Woyzeck

  • Lysistrata workshops

    Our Lysistrata workshops use a variety of sources and practitioners.
    The workshop initially explores the traditional techniques of Greek theatre, choral speaking and movement incorporating the use of mask.
    Students are introduced to techniques used by Dario Fo to highlight physical and verbal comedy with elements of commedia and Lecoq to utilise ensemble movement and physicality. These various techniques are all examined practically from the director’s perspective.



    Study of a set play

    The workshop examines your chosen play using the techniques of the major practitioners to look at the text from the performer’s perspective. The play is analysed through practical means focussing on how the play could be directed. The student’s work through a variety of exercises, experiencing the play as an actor and director would within the rehearsal process. Texts that can be used in the workshop include:

  • Antigone

  • The Taming of the Shrew

  • A Doll’s House

  • The Shadow of a Gunman

  • Oh What a Lovely War

  • Playhouse Creatures


  • The Revenger’s Tragedy

  • Tartuffe

  • The Recruiting Officer

  • The Servant of Two Masters

  • Lady Windermere’s Fan

  • The Seagull


  • Blood Wedding

  • The Good Person of Szechwan

  • A View from the Bridge

  • The Trial

  • Our Country’s Good

  • Coram Boy


  • Greek Theatre

    The workshop focuses on the function of the Chorus in an ensemble production of the Trojan Women, Lysistrata or a text of your choice. Students have an opportunity to participate in

  • Storytelling

  • Physical action

  • Dance

  • Mask

  • Song

  • Ceremony

  • and the skills that inform a large scale outdoor performance of a classical text.



    Brecht

    The Brecht workshop starts with a voice and movement warm up leading on to working through the Epization and Gestus exercises that Brecht used with his actors. The group explores alienation through improvisation and then works on a text (of your choice) using various techniques to create a piece of Brechtian Theatre. The workshop can be linked to any text.



    Creative Residencies

    We also offer Creative Residencies lasting from 2 to 5 days using your choice of practitioner and style. The residency will work through key practitioner exercises building towards a performance. Our Creative Residencies are ideal for creating a piece of original theatre or rehearsing a play for performance in the style of a chosen practitioner.



    Workshops start from £190 for a 2 hour session | £325 for a 4 hour session

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