On Saturday 19th May between 2:30pm and 4:30pm the Speech & Drama section of the Northampton Eisteddfod will be offering a series of workshops for entrants aged 8 years and above which will be hosted by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts (NMPAT) County Youth at the NMPAT Centre (NN1 4AZ). There are three workshops with limited places (as detailed below) which were offered to Speech & Drama entrants on a first come basis – please contact teacher@elmsstudio.co.uk to check current availability:

Trestle Theatre Company Mask Workshop - Trestle’s popular mask workshops have introduced thousands of students and performers throughout the world to the exciting versatility of mask. Explore how mask training can unlock the door to a more focused physicality in all performance. This workshop provides an in-depth introduction to Trestle’s mask technique. Participants will understand the principles of effective mask performance through physicality and core techniques.
More information about Trestle Theatre and their work can be found at their website (http://www.trestle.org.uk/about-trestle/)

‘Creating a Character’ with Tristan Pate - This workshop aims to give participants several different practical techniques and starting points for creating characters. With 7 years’ experience as an actor, director and facilitator, Tristan uses Laban Technique to define and explore different forms of movement, as well as exploring Le Coq style approaches to mask and clown physicality, enabling young people to develop rounded characters from scratch with defined physical and vocal mannerisms. Participants will gain an understanding of practical approaches to characterisation which they could go on to apply to scripted work, or develop their own stories and plays based on the characters which emerge.

Frantic Assembly Physical Theatre Workshop (14+) – Frantic Assembly are globally renowned physical theatre company who are currently touring their production Things I Know To Be True and in this workshop will be sharing production specific exercises from shows like Lovesong, Stockholm, Beautiful Burnout and Othello and instructing students on the various devising processes they use when working collaboratively to produce multi-disciplined performance, which will transfer perfectly to their own productions.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION  for participants of Frantic Workshop

NB participants for this workshop must be 14+ and when attending wear loose and comfortable clothing and trainers suitable for exercise (NO short skirts, NO jeans and NO jewellery). Participants should be aware of the physical and movement based nature of the workshop in advance and if the students have no previous experience of Frantic Assembly’s work please visit the company website in advance of the workshop (www.franticassembly.co.uk)