2019

Autumn Workshops

JUST MY IMAGINATION.

INCORPORATING IMAGES TO CONNECT TO CHARACTERS, DRIVES AND FEELING. October 18-20

Using images as spurs for psychological experiences or ways of being for the character is a brilliant way to find something deep, quirky and genuine in your work. In order this does not become some kind of actor’s trick, we need to explore the process of training our actor’s mind to concentrate, not in the way we learn in school or college, but in a more holistic and open way. Chekhov says we have to fall in love with images, to invite them in, in order to find the full power of how images can enrich our performances in ways that simply ‘identifying with the character’ can not. In this weekend we will be exploring this use of using imagery, working with scenes and speeches from Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information.

email chekhovtrainperformireland@gmail.com to book your place

cost for weekend €90 

GOOD VERSUS EVIL: PLAYING KING LEAR.

A WEEKEND LOOKING AT THE GREATEST POLARITY OF ALL (nov 29- December1)

This weekend we are going to look at the polarities of Good and Evil and how they affect how we play a character. Of course we can say “the audience have to make up their own minds” but to my mind, and to the mind of Michael Chekhov this is perhaps something of an abrogation of responsibility.   As artists we need to have a view and the audience does not need to agree with us. It need not be a simplistic view of heroes and villains; it can be riven with complexity and you can feel these energies moving and working inside you as you inhabit your role. Chekhov uses King Learto discuss his rules of composition, one of his most important contributions to theatre art and this is the play we will focus in for the weekend.  Chekhov was not asking the actor/artist to moralise or produce stereotypical performance but that we as artists have to consider this polarity of good and evil when we are working on the character, especially when working on a play like Lear. We might say that Cornwall, Regan, Goneril, Oswald and Edmund are on the side of evil, but how do they express it and what do they do and are there any moments in their stage lives where we see the opposite polarity tugging them in a different direction creating a more nuanced playing? How does this polarity affect them, tear them apart? There are a host of possibilities. 

email chekhovtrainperformireland@gmail.com to book your place

cost for weekend €90 

Weekend courses begin with a friday evening session, a full day saturday and sunday 

 

c.2017 photos by Sean O'Meallaigh, Max Hafler, Melinda Szuts,Amy Walsh, John McHugh Thais Lureiro, Nicole Gervais

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