Physical Theatre Retreat

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Fri 04Feb
Sun 06Feb

A Performative Retreat

Facilitator: Miriam King

Retreat in the Cotswold countryside to learn new skills, or perhaps refresh old ones! Suitable for those who wish to play with ideas and extend their physical theatre techniques in a creative and playfully supportive environment. Perhaps as a newcomer, or having trained at drama school, or gained movement experience by performing, the weekend will get you into your bodies regardless of your art medium. We will conclude by creating a short solo & collaborative physical theatre performance.

Event time: Fri 4th Feb 2022 at 4:00pm - Sun 6th Feb 2022 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • An introduction to Physical Theatre techniques
  • Extend your movement vocabulary
  • Understand how your body communicates
  • Enjoy a fun and playfully focused learning environment

What You Will Gain

  • Knowledge and experience of a range of techniques
  • New skills and increased physical confidence
  • Increased focus and understanding of centering techniques
  • Freedom of the imagination
  • A quality of presence

This course is suitable for all wishing to play and explore, both the newcomer and those with experience wishing to refresh and re-engage.

The aim of the course is to extend one’s physical theatre repertoire, equipping you with a range of techniques, expanding one’s creativity in an in-depth and playfully focused way. The exploration will progress to working with an everyday object, putting into creative practice the techniques covered. There is an opportunity to create solo work, as well as to collaborate with others.

We will cover Physical Theatre Techniques including:

  • Grotowski warm-up
  • Ideokinesis body alignment/centering technique
  • Laban 8 Effort Actions
  • Lecoq 7 States of Tension
  • Mime
  • Animal
  • Elements
  • Butoh
  • plus working with ideas of ‘presence’, finding neutral and creating atmosphere.

Mim tells us more about the retreat

Retreat Programme

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The Friday evening will be working on finding neutral, body alignment, and arriving in an alert, focused, open, aware and in the moment space. Finding connection through the feet to the ground, arriving into the body, and discovering qualities of breath, and the ‘gaze’.

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Saturday we will work with a varied range of techniques as listed above. As well as studio-based, there will be opportunities to work outdoors and site-specific/responsive in the magnificent grounds of Hawkwood.

Mim King 1


Sunday we will put techniques learnt into creative practice, making short scenes and pieces, both solo and in groups, equipping you with the seeds to go on to make your own future performances.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£255 Non Residential
£315 Shared Room
£355 Single Room


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Practical Information

Wear clothes you can move freely in.

Weather permitting there will be opportunities both to move outdoors, so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.

Arrival and registration with coffee at 4 pm. The course ends with afternoon tea at 4.00 pm on Sunday.

Miriam (Mim) King

Miriam (Mim) King is an Artist/Choreographer/Movement Director/Dancer/Live Artist/Performer working internationally. Her professional performance career commenced in 1984. Moving from circus, to visual theatre through to dance, and to live art and film, her most significant training was with Anton Adasinsky & his performance company DEREVO at their former studio in Leningrad, Russia in 1990. Mim's work is influenced by Butoh dance.

She has researched, lectured and presented work the world over. Miriam has a continuing performance relationship with Gallery Kruh, Kostelec nad cernymi Lesy, nr Prague, Czech Republic which commenced in 1992 and an ongoing performance relationship with SoToDo Gallery, Berlin & the Congress of Visual and Performance Art.

She was a founder member of Movement 12 and also BUTOH Brighton. She is a visiting lecturer teaching Performance & Physical Theatre. Currently head of Movement at Academy of Creative Training, Brighton.

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"I loved training with Mim. I learned so much. She was outstanding. Truly, one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had."

"Mim’s passion for movement and theatre envelops any student that is lucky enough to be taught by her. After each session you leave the class wondering what actually happened and how Mim was able to carry you along with her. With Mim’s patience, guidance and understanding you understand how your body communicates. I would recommend anyone, whatever age, to come to a Mim class and see what you can achieve."