Devising and Directing Theatre in an Ensemble Style, 1 July

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Date(s) - Wed, 1 Jul 2020
10:30 am - 4:30 pm



Central London venue to be announced
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Course Tutor: David Farmer

David Farmer leading directing workshop with teachers in Vienna, 2018.

In this one day master class, David Farmer leads a practical series of games, activities and methods based on his professional experience of creating performances and workshops with his company Tiebreak Theatre and his other professional freelance directing work. The day is particularly aimed at those working with children and young people.

The sessions include games and exercises for devising and directing, for encouraging playfulness and creativity as well as professional (and fun) warm ups for voice and body. These methods help the teacher/director to develop an ensemble approach, to consider ways into devising and to explore techniques for creative play directing.

The day will act as a refresher for the drama specialist and an opportunity to network with other professionals. Participants will be provided with extensive notes to take away for developing best practice in the drama studio and classroom.

Drama Games for developing ensembles
These games will open up ways into devising scenes and developing team work, as well as looking at some physical and vocal warm-ups. There will be opportunities for discussion and sharing of experiences of making theatre. 

Physical approaches to devising and directing
We will work on script extracts and explore a number of ways into exploring and presenting these. Extracts will include some Shakespeare and other material related to a range of age-groups 

Below are two videos from a workshop led by David Farmer in Buenos Aires in May 2018.

David Farmer has worked extensively as a theatre director and producer of shows and workshops for children, young people and adults across the world, He was an adviser to the Shakespeare Schools Festival and is the author of several best-selling books on drama, including Playful Plays, 101 Drama Games and Activities and Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years as well as numerous plays and articles. He was Artistic Director of Tiebreak Theatre from 1981 to 2005 during which time he directed shows for schools, theatres and festivals across the UK as well as across Canada and the USA. In 2019 he directed Kure Kure/Faraway featuring Anna Mudeka for a UK tour. The show will tour again in 2020 to festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe.

This course is based on one presented at Hurstpierpoint College in October 2019. Here are some comments about that course:

‘Well levelled, friendly and warming tone, accepting environment. Flow from skills to application – felt well rounded as a piece of training.’ – Simon Fellingham, Participant.

‘The whole day was superb. I am confident I shall use all the techniques in my lessons and rehearsals. Thank you for a wonderful day. I look forward to next time.’ – Mary Alderson, Participant.

This one-day Drama CPD/INSET course is suitable for teachers, directors and freelancers.

Enquiries: Please email David Farmer or telephone +44 (0)797 321 7876.

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Booking Details

The standard fee is £225 per participant. Other ticket types are available (see booking form below). 10% discount applied when booking more than one course or for two or more colleagues from the same organisation.

NB Please complete the online booking form below with your purchase order or payment. An official invoice will be dispatched and payment can be made by cheque, bank payment or using the Buy Now button below. For explanation of ticket types please scroll down to booking form.

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What to bring

Comfortable clothing to move in. Light refreshments are included and at lunchtime we usually walk a few minutes to eat a delicious lunch at a nearby venue (lunch not included).

The Venue

The course will be presented in a central London venue which will be confirmed in early 2020.

Booking Terms and Conditions (including Cancellation)

Please read and accept the Booking Terms and Conditions.

The online booking form is below.

Booking Form

Ticket Type Price Spaces
VIP Ticket
Includes: (1) Standard course booking (2) Signed copy of four of David Farmer's drama books. If you are based in the UK these will be mailed out free of charge prior to the course (following payment). Visitors from outside the UK will receive their copies on the day of the course.
Standard Ticket
Standard course booking for participants from schools or other organisations.
Early Bird Ticket
Limited number available! Book by 30th April 2020 and pay within a month.
Freelancer Ticket
Limited number - for freelance practitioners who are not employed full-time by a school or other organisation and are paying for their own place.
Concession Ticket
Limited number - available to people currently unemployed or in full-time education.

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