The Actors Centre

Writing with a Stupid Face

WHAT IS IT? Writing with a stupid face is an entirely practical workshop that uses masks to stimulate interpretation. This isn’t a workshop on making masked theatre. Here you’ll be using masks to inspire action, and what you end up ‘writing’, because devising is a process of collaborative writing. This is a workshop for anyone interested in making theatre from scratch, making adaptions, approaching a well known play in a new way or anyone interested in developing an idea of your own. HOW WILL IT WORK? Through a series of carefully structured games and exercises you’ll be provoked into playing masks in order to get ideas, either with an existing text or from an idea generated in the room. This workshop will bring you face to face with personae way beyond your experience that will twist and change what you think the scene is about. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? You’ll experience an exciting new approach to interpretation, learn a range of games that you can apply to your own work and a knowledge of mask-work that will inform your acting. Price: £90

Schedule

This workshop runs over three days

September 26, 27, 28

Tutor

John Wright

John Wright is an award-winning international director and a specialist in mask-work. He co-founded Trestle Theatre Company in 1980 and Told by an Idiot in 1990. More recently: The Summer House for Fuel, Dr Faustus for Third Party Productions (winner of the Peter Brook Award), The Fragility of X (winner of The Spirit of the Fringe Award) for Coal, and Lost in Blue for Deborah Newbold, (winner of The Summer Hall award). John has worked with Rupert Goold at Chichester on Macbeth, and at The Almeida on: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, American Psycho and Medea. John is currently working on Me Me Me, a clown show about narcissism, with Frank Wurtzinger. John was awarded the Greater London Arts award for his contribution to professional training. He has worked at The Royal National Theatre Studio, the RSC Ensemble and The Royal Opera House and at Ecole Philipe Gaulier, when the school was based in London. John has also taught at a variety of drama schools and conservatoires including RADA, RESAD in Madrid, ENSAT in Paris and Theatrehogskolan in Stockholm.  John teaches Mask-work and Clown at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His book Why is that so funny? (Nick Hern Books) is very popular. His latest book, Playing the mask: acting without bullshit, which inspired this course, will be published by Nick Hern Books later this year.

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