AdvertisementA workshop looking at non-verbal communication, body language, visual storytelling and the ability to transform into another character.
A selection of ‘Neutral’ and ‘Full Character’ masks will be used to direct our attention away from the face and towards the body. This workshop will be less about the spoken word, and more about how you speak volumes without words. We will focus on the physical form, emphasizing: posture, body language, status, use of space, tension and rhythm.
Full Masks encourage students to slow down and feel comfortable being watched on stage. They also stimulate the imagination and help in the creation of characters. Masks help train you to be a more truthful actor on stage. This workshop will use a series of mask exercises to help you appear more comfortable, truthful and ultimately more watchable on stage. This workshop also aims to build the confidence of the more shy, introverted performer and encourage humility and sensitivity in the more outgoing, boisterous performers.
ABOUT KEVIN TOMLINSON
Considered one of Europe’s leading experts on improvisation and masked theatre, Kevin has been invited to perform his improvisation-based mask shows all over the world, including in; New Zealand, America, Holland, Germany, Norway, France, Singapore, Hawaii and South Korea.
Most recently, his improv and mask-based show On the Edge! was seen in Hong Kong, having previously toured New Zealand for a month. The New Zealand Times said of it: “this is a must see show! Excellent!”. At the Edinburgh Festival, his other mask-based show – Seven Ages – received 5 star reviews and a sell out run.
Seven Ages was created with the help of Keith Johnstone (author of Impro: Improvisation for the Theatre). Kevin has worked extensively with Keith Johnstone over the last 25 years – both in the UK and Canada – most notably performing alongside the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway? at the Hackney Empire, in a show directed by Keith Johnstone and Phelim McDermott. He also performed in the world premiere of two of Keith’s plays at the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, Alberta.
Kevin is currently the Artistic Director of KEPOW Theatre Company and has directed over 35 plays professionally. He won the Rose Bruford Trust Director’s Award in 1995, having trained at the Royal Court International Summer School. As a playwright, he won the Sunday Times Playwright Award in London for his absurdist comedy Who? Kevin has taught over a thousand workshops all over the world – many for the British Council and the National Theatre in London – and at numerous top UK Drama Schools.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Courtyard Playhouse Dubai, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Street 4B,Dubai, United Arab Emirates