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Physical Theatre and Acting Masterclasses

TheatreNI are running masterclasses in Acting and Physical Theatre on the 23rd, 24th and the 30th of March with Kieran Lagan and David Calvert.

The classes will be for committed young actors who have completed drama school training and are seeking to sustain a career in the local profession or young actors who have been unable to gain entry to Drama School but have demonstrated a commitment to establishing a career in acting with a range of acting experience.

Kieran Lagan and David Calvert will be taking this series of advanced workshops to practice, deepen and sustain acting skills in an ensemble environment.

Kieran Lagan
Kieran both trained as an actor and attained an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His teaching and practice are based on the following practitioners Konstantin Stanislavski Technique, Michael Chekhov Technique, the Meisner Technique and Improvisatory based work.

David Calvert
David’s physical theatre teaching and practice are based on devised theatre – making with young people over 30 years, influenced by the theatre aesthetic of Tadeusz Kantor and Jerzy Grotowski, as well as contact with physical theatre practitioners in the Netherlands and the Balkans.

Training will include:

“Masterclass training for committed performers employing psycho-physical actions to awaken the performance instrument.
Unlocking the practice of Yoga for the performer with anatomical awareness and bio-mechanical cueing.
Connecting movement to the inner life of the performer and enriching the actor’s choices using Laban and Boal-based exercises.
Physical theatre ensemble devising based on a contemporary text.”

Dave Calvert


“To act or react – that is the question? This acting workshop will offer the actor an opportunity to explore in a playful atmosphere the essential skills needed for Listening and Reacting to create a life on stage. The workshops will be divided into 3 parts. Communication: this will encourage the actor to create a strong connection with a partner on stage. Conflict: to create and sustain a live performance with the other character. The Event: which needs to be experienced and reacted to move the plot forward and reveal the story for the audience.  Games and exercise will be drawn from Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov and Meisner.  We will work through awakening the actors instrument, improvising, creating an inner life and using a short text to encourage the actor to being present and responding allowing each moment to be unexpected and lived in.”

Kieran Lagan

Workshops will take place from 10.30am – 4pm on 23rd, 24th and 30th of March 2019 in the OMAC (Old Museum Arts Centre).

Price: (for all three days)

£45 (TheatreNI Members)
£60 (Non-Members)

To register your interest email projects@theatreni.org.

These workshops are supported by Belfast City Council.