The Actors Centre

Solo Theatre Performance: Basic Skills and Techniques

WHAT IS IT? An introduction to skills and techniques useful for creating, developing and performing solo theatre shows.

HOW WILL IT WORK? You will explore character, narrative and both physical and visual cues in the construction and execution of solo performances. The workshop uses Face to Face techniques developed by Solo Theatre Festival Director Colin Watkeys in collaboration with Claire Dowie. These techniques build over a sequence of simple exercises to provide complex support in both the creation and performance of your ideas. In one session you will learn basic skills and approaches that you will be able to apply in both your own work and in many other areas of up front performance involving direct audience address.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? An opportunity to test out your ideas for solo theatre and learn techniques which will enable you to develop them further. Price: £30.

Workshop tier: INTRODUCTORY

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Colin Watkeys

Colin Watkeys is the founder and director of the Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre, now in its fourth year. He has been working with solo performers for the last thirty years producing and directing all of the solo theatre work of Claire Dowie and the late great Ken Campbell, also working with Jack Klaff, Rosie Wilby, Lisa Dwan, Charmian Hughes and Jeremy Stockwell. He studied Philosophy in London and Japanese Theatre Music and Dance in Tokyo and ran the Finborough Cabaret from 1982 to 1988. He also worked at the Royal Court Theatre for the Young Writers Festival.


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