Physical Fest is a bi-annual International Physical Theatre Festival run by Tmesis Theatre. Our next full festival will be 2023, but we host workshops at other times of the year by exciting artists, join our mailing list to hear about upcoming workshops!
PHYSICAL FEST PRESENTS...
SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 10-5PM
BODY SONG- CHARLES SANDFORD
Physicality, Imagination, Play
How can the body sing, vibrate, transform, unlock and speak its stories? The Body Song workshop draws from the craft of acting & embodied practices to reconnect Impulse to Action, Body to Imagination and Artist to Source. Whether you are an actor, performer, mover, maker or interested person, Body Song is an invitation to explore our connection and disconnections within the body, to awaken it’s wildness and unlock our bodies potential for expression.
Charles Sandford is a theatre maker, actor and movement director who specialises in embodied theatre. Charles creates new, challenging visual and dynamic theatre with internationally renowned Theatre RE and laboratory theatre companies Animikii Theatre & Eden’s Cave Company. His practice was created through the making of theatre, a body first approach that takes it’s roots in Grotowski’s Poor Theatre, Decroux’s Corporal Mime & from his training at RADA’s MA Theatre Lab. Charles is also an actor and facilitator for Liverpool’s own Tmesis Theatre and works with many companies across the UK and abroad.
” I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.”
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
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
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
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 ★★★★