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Masks and the Planets summer weekend with Mike Chase Fri 14 Jul - Sun 16 Jul

  • Arts

Mask using: In the mask using workshop we will use masks to explore the dynamics of the seven planets, using theatre games, interactive body work and psychodramatic action methods.

The seven planets are archetypes imbued with rich mythology and contemporary relevance for use in performance and therapy, theatre design and craft work.

Seven Planets visible to the naked eye are: Mars and Venus, the archetypes of the masculine and feminine; Jupiter and Mercury, the archetypes of the king and the trickster; and Moon and Saturn the archetypes of heredity and destiny; and the Sun, the centre around which the others orbit.

Participants will learn techniques for using masks in the theatre, developing character, and exploring the relationship between the personal creative impulse, the other masks on the stage and the audience. Indications will be offered in playing masks solo, in chorus and using them in a therapeutic context.

Arrival 4-6pm on Friday 14 July; course begins with supper at 6.30pm. Course ends after lunch on Sunday.

fully inclusive residential single £265; shared £225; non-residential £185 (includes suppers, lunches and all refreshments)

Michael Chase has taught and directed physical theatre, mime and mask for over 20 years. Through The Mask Studio he developed masks for education, performance and therapy. These are now used internationally by organisations including the RSC, LAMDA, Trestle Theatre, Welsh National Opera, Told by an Idiot and the Glasshouse Art Centre. His book Mask is published by Hawthorne Press.

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