This hands on devised theater workshop takes participants through a variety of activities that create group dynamics, activate the imagination and empower participants to see that even the smallest of issues in their daily lives can become material for theater and performance. The training in the workshop borrows from a variety of traditions and the workshop itself is useful for not only performers but directors too who are looking for new ways to build group dynamics. Whilst the initial goal is street theater, the principles can be applied to the creation of any group dynamics.
This workshop is inspired by Geddy Aniksdal’s and Gilly Adams’ workshop “Performing Words” and Guerilla Girls on Tour workshop on creating Guerilla Theater. It also borrows elements from Augusto Boal’s Newspaper Theater.
Warm up – a variety of theater games and improvisation activities that have the explicit purpose of creating the right group dynamics in order to create. This warm up includes vocal work and work on the body.
Full group brain-storming of potential topics
Split topics into smaller categories and then have participants choose groups.
Participants work and device a 3 minute piece of theater.
Presentation to other workshop participants. Feedback. Learning through observing and processing.
Possible public performance for an unwitting audience.
Reflection: Participants reflect on the stages and aims of each section of the workshop.
Duration: 4 Hours ( 20 minute break)
Requirements: A large open space preferably indoors.
Max Participants: 40 ( If more than assistance will be needed).
Materials: Butchers paper or larger card, board markers.
Participants: Wear loose clothing. Digital devices off.