PHYSICAL FEST PRESENTS...

Join us for a series of workshops with leading practitioners this July in collaboration with the Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

 

Physical Fest is a bi-annual International Physical Theatre Festival run by Tmesis Theatre. Our next full festival will be 2023, but this year we are hosting a range of workshops for you to enjoy! All workshops now ONSALE!

 

FREE BURSARY PLACES FOR UNDER-REPRESENTED ARTISTS

 

Tmesis Theatre & The Unity Theatre are offering two free places on each workshop to currently under-represented artists, to improve the diversity of participants in our workshops. If you are based in the North west of England, are a person with disabilities, from a low-socio-economic background or an ethnically diverse background, and would be interested in attending one of the workshops, please email a short expression of interest to info@physicalfest.com by 8th of May.

MONDAY 4TH JULY - WEDNESDAY 6TH JULY
DEVISING - JOHN WRIGHT

Who’s writing this anyway?

 

This is an entirely practical course on devising, or to be more accurate: collaborative writing. The conventional approach to devising is director led, but there’s more for a director to learn in looking at group led devising. This is the most valuable area of development.

 

We’ll cover group led initiatives in: generating ideas, making choices, finding a structure and exploring the ways and means of staging those choices. Devising puts direction a new light when there’s nothing to direct in the first place.

John Wright is an award-winning international teacher and theatre-maker. He co-founded Trestle Theatre Company in 1980 and Told by an Idiot in 1993, and has worked on numerous productions and projects extending over three decades, as well as the books; Why Is That So Funny? A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy and Playing the Mask: Acting Without Bullshit.

 

 

“Director John Wright has a wonderfully unashamed sense of theatre.”

The Independent

 

BOOK HERE

WEDNESDAY 6TH JULY
CHEKHOV'S PERSONAL ATMOSPHERES – BEN PHILLIPS

This workshop, focusing on personal atmosphere, will offer participants an introduction to the Michael Chekhov training which allows actors and artists to strengthen their creative imaginations by developing a deeper connection between the physical body and the imagination.

 

Ben Phillips is a theatre maker, performer, and director with over 20 years experience, who attempts to tiptoe the line between comedy and tragedy in his work.

 

He is one of the few qualified Michael Chekhov teachers in the north of England.

 

“Ben is a listener, who is passionate about his work and driven to facilitate positive change’’ Workshop Participant

 

www.benphillipstheatre.com

 

BOOK HERE

THURSDAY 7TH JULY
THE EXPRESSIVE ENSEMBLE- TMESIS THEATRE

This workshop will focus on developing a playful, expressive performer, creating physical sequences, physical devising methods and working as an embodied ensemble to explore ideas, character or story.

Tmesis Theatre create, develop and share passionate and playful physical theatre
through performance, which have toured nationally and internationally for the past 18years, participation and training, and the International Festival, Physical Fest.

 

 

‘‘Energetic, vibrant and inspirational physical theatre at its best.’’  ★★★★ 

  

“Harnesses physical theatre’s rich symbiosis of movement and acting to startling effect” –  Total Theatre  

 

www.tmesistheatre.com

 

BOOK HERE

THURSDAY 7TH JULY
THE ART OF PLAY - TEATRO POMODORO

An exploration of physical comedy and clown techniques to develop playfulness with scene partners, the audience, boost stage presence and find a game in every scene.You will work on: complicity, rhythm, musicality, finding the fun, passing the game, major/minor and boring avoidance.

 

Teatro Pomodoro is an award-winning international theatre company made up of performers and creators from  5 different countries. It specialises in an electrifying
blend of clowning, bouffon, music, comedy and dance.

 

“Making the audience cripple with laughter every 30 seconds” –Bido Lito! 

 

“One of the most innovative, international physical theatre companies currently working in the North West.”  – Francesca Peschier- Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse  

 

www.teatropomodoro.com

 

BOOK HERE

FRIDAY 8TH - SATURDAY 9TH JULY
EFFORTLESSLY FUNNY- JAMIE WOOD

We try very hard all the time to not appear idiotic, what would happen if we stopped trying?

 

An invitation to let down defences that prevent people from laughing, it will lead participants through a series of exercises and provocations connecting body, voice, imagination and play. With the other participants, we explore what the relationship with an audience can be if listened to closely and openly.

 

The aim is to create a supportive atmosphere of play, which encourages participants to open up and share themselves fully with each other.

 

This workshop is for people interested in laughter, play and performance. Jamie is an international art clown, teacher and director.

 

 

“Experiencing his surreal imagination is like being sucked down a rabbit hole of joy.” Fest Mag ★★★★

 

www.jamiewood.org.uk

 

BOOK HERE

MAIN WORKSHOP PROGRAMME VENUE:

Unity Theatre,  1 Hope Place, Liverpool L1 9BG