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Physical Ensemble course at The Island, Bristol

Physical Ensemble Story-Telling: 6 Week Lecoq-based training

Dates: On Saturdays from 21st of April until 26th of May
Times: 3.30 – 6.00 PM
Prices: £110 (full) £90 (conc) £80 (returners)
Booking and info: igne.workshops@gmail.com

This intensive 6 week course is designed for actors, theatre-makers, dancers and circus performers who would like explore the dramatics of physical performance making, improvisation and ensemble story-telling using the approach and techniques of Jacques Lecoq. The aim of this course is to offer a range of tools that develop the participants’ theatrical language and increase their understanding of the relationship between the performers’s body, movement, theatrical space and physical expression. The course will focus on:

– physical improvisation through Lecoq’s concept of ‘play’
– the analysis and articulation of movement
– the dynamics of colours, materials, music and poetry
– the work with the Neutral Mask
– the work with objects
– devising as well as character and narrative development techniques

At the end of course the participants will be asked to present a short piece on a given theme. All the materials will be provided at the workshop.

This course is for industry professionals and those who already have some experience in physical theatre/dance/circus.

If you would like to book please send a few sentences about your practice to igne.workshops@gmail.com

About the facilitator:

Igne is Bristol-based theatre-maker and founder of Bristol Physical Theatre Project. She trained at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and also holds a BA in Drama at UWE in Bristol. Whilst in Paris, Igne has also had an opportunity to train with Peter Brook (International Centre for Theatre Research) and Nina Dipla (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch). After completing her two – year course at Lecoq, Igne continued her research at Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA) in Syracuse, Italy, where she also worked as a visiting movement teacher for the undergraduate actors’ course (2013-2014). As a performer and theatre-maker Igne has collaborated with The Missing Pieces (Hamilton House, Bristol Old Vic), The Edible Theatre (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Uncut), The Mechanical Animal Coorporation (The Paintworks, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe), Panevezio Dramos Teatras (Lithuania), O&O Ensemble (The Wardrobe, The Lyric Theatre, Theatre N16 Balham, The Shoebox Theatre, Exeter Phoenix). She has recently joined The Breadknives Collective (Paris-London).

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Half Mask workshop, The Island, Bristol

Improvisation and the Half Mask

“Wearing a mask is a powerful tool to release creativity, play and dramatic expression. It frees us from the pressure to ‘create’ as we let the mask lead us, giving us a new experience of our own potential as performers”

This introductory workshop will prepare participants to physically and vocally improvise in the half mask.

Day One.

-Body work, opening expressive possibilities focusing on breath, rhythm, dynamics, isolation and alignment.

-Improvisation skills that support intuitive play, communication and creating in the moment.

-Sound and movement, the relationship between speech and gesture.

-Core techniques in the creation of the half masked character, bringing the mask to life in performance.

Day Two. 

We will revisit and build on the principles and skills from Day One and include the following:

-Physical presence, clarity and focus on stage.

-Timing, comedy and nuances of character.

-Create open- ended scenarios.

-Introduce the concept of the counter mask.

We will be playing with a set of seven varied and delightful half masks created by master mask craftsman Mike Chase. This workshop is open to practitioners who are interested in exploring physical theatre and entering into a process of discovery.  All levels of experience welcome!

Brenda’s classes promote an individual sense of play and invention within a stimulating and supportive environment.

Workshop Dates:  Sunday 14th.

Time:                  11- 3pm.  

Course Fee:        £30

Places limited to 12 participants. Booking is essential.

 To book and for enquiries please contact Brenda 


Tel. 07510770895.


The Flummery Room, The Island, Bristol

Approaches to Physicalising Character

Approaches to Physicalising Character

…from the somatic to the theatrical.

The flummery room is a space for artistic exchange, physical training, improvisation and performance practise in Bristol.

This  workshop will include a rich mix of individual and collective movement training using improvisation and a broad range of performance styles and techniques.   Through a progressive layering of elements we move into a more open structure of guided improvisations and performance practise. Each session has a specific focus or theme.

Dates: 15th, 16th April

Cost: £10 for one day or £15 for two sessions. 

Time: 11- 1.30pm

Brenda Waite is a performance practitioner, teacher and movement director based in Bristol. Improvisation and play are central to her practise both as a creative tool, practical research and performance mode. She has worked professionally in Europe and Australia for over 20 years, creating and performing works for theatres, festivals, galleries and public spaces.

Brenda participates in ongoing movement studies, research and her methodology is often a fusion of a broad range of physical languages and styles.

For more information about The Flummery Room .