TECHNIQUE

WORKSHOP

GROW YOUR VOICE

with HAZEL HOLDER 

DATE: Tuesday 26th November OR Thursday 28th November

TIME: 6.30 – 9.30pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?

This workshop will help kickstart (or remember) your understanding of the fundamentals of voice. How it is supported by efficient breath use and how you can learn to rely on your voice through simple, daily techniques and exercises to grow your voice.

Over 3 hours we will playfully challenge your voice: using breath, music and your imagination. 

Bring water, loose clothing and an open heart. 

PREPARATION

There is no specific preparation to this course

COST: £28

Tuesday 26th November

Thursday 28th November

ABOUT HAZEL 

Hazel’s is a voice coach and dialect coaching working across theatre and television. She is currently filming: Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ for BBC / Amazon. 

 

Her work as a voice and dialect coach includes: Small Island, Barber Shop. Chronicles, Pericles, Nine Night, Angels in America, Les Blancs and Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom (National Theatre); Death of a Salesman, The Convert (Young Vic); Richard II (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse - The Globe), Superhoe (Talawa Theatre Company and Royal Court Theatre); Our Lady of Kibeho (Royal & Derngate Northampton); Caroline, or Change (Playhouse Theatre); The Madness of George III, Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse); ear for eye, Poet In Da Corner (Royal Court); West End coaching includes: Tina, The Tina Turner Musical, The Lion King and Dreamgirls.

COURSE

CLOWN CAMP

with AMY GWILLIAM 

DATE: Thursday 28th- Saturday 30th November

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION:  The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

A 3-day bootcamp in Clowning

Led by International Clown Matriarch Amy Gwilliam, this is a unique opportunity for actors to find and foster their clown – the most direct, delicate and delicious route to vulnerability and inner radiance.

Amy will encourage you to discover you – uniquely – funny. Gobsmacking. Hilarious.

COST: £100

ABOUT AMY

Amy is a theatre-maker, performance artist and facilitator. Following a degree in English at

Cambridge University, she trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, after which she established award-winning touring company Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain (“sublime, ridiculous”). Her most recent work has focused on solo performance, including MUMMY (performer, writer) and - in Portugal - De Monster (dramaturg, director). She writes, performs and directs for comedy and cabaret events, curates the satirical revue ExperTeaze and is currently writing her new bouffon show The Profit.

 

Amy has trained and worked with theatre companies from all over the world, including

Complicite, Spymonkey and SITI Company. She has a diploma in Therapeutic Skills and is a core facilitator for Theatre for a Change (recent projects in Malawi and DRC) and Clowns Without Borders (recent projects in Greece and Turkey).

 

As a facilitator/coach, she is known for her playful and rigorous practice which is centred less on methods and more on madness. She frees the performer in a very special way.

WORKSHOP

EXPANDING THE RANGE 

WITH MICHAEL GILHOOLY

DATE: Tuesday 3rd December 

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

This one-day workshop is designed to open up each actor’s range of casting possibilities by collectively exploring the parts within ourselves that we don’t usually get to play.

 

How It Works

 

By using Circle Wisdom and Imprinting techniques from group circle dynamics, participants will discover the areas on the edge of their usual casting range and get an opportunity to joyfully embody them in order to gain easier access to them in the future.

 

The aim is to provide the first road into unfamiliar territory, so that the journey there becomes easier each time we make it.

 

What is ‘Circle Wisdom’?

 

The idea behind circle work is that a group of people that are connected and in resonance act as a reflection of each other, and can therefore help direct us towards what we often can’t see in ourselves.

 

On our own we have a certain amount of experience and intelligence, like a computer before the Internet came along. With the Internet, we have unlimited information to tap into – circle work allows us to plug into the group intelligence that is actually greater than the sum of its parts, and use each other as guidance and models to help expand into greater capacity.

PREPARATION:

There is no specific preparation to this course

COST: £25

ABOUT MICHAEL

Michael Gilhooly is a director & actor who trained at LAMDA. Alongside acting professionally he has directed several short films, including The Listener, which was long-listed for a BAFTA, and That’s What I Heard, which is being released by the BBC. He was recently shortlisted for Ffilm Cymru’s Beacons scheme and is currently writing his first feature film. After graduating from LAMDA he trained in the Meisner Technique with Scott Williams at the Impulse Company.

COURSE

INTRODUCTION TO MEISNER 

with MICHAEL GILHOOLY 

WEEKLY COURSE DATES AVAILABLE:  

Monday 9th December - Friday 13th December

Monday 27th January - Friday 31st January 2020 

TIME: 10am – 5pm daily 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?

This course will offer participants an introduction to the principles of the Meisner technique. As actors we often get asked to ‘be truthful’, ‘really listen’, and ‘be in the moment’ without being taught how. This way of working will teach you how by offering a technique that you can apply in any rehearsal room or on any film set.

No preparation or previous training is necessary as the group will be led through a series of exercises to gain an understanding of how the technique helps actors to ‘live truthfully within the given set of circumstances’, culminating in applying the technique to text.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We begin by exploring the ‘Repetition Exercise’, which is really a series of exercises designed to teach actors how to truthfully observe and respond to each other so that impulses begin to surface without the actor feeling obliged to ‘be interesting’ or even ‘create’ anything. As we forgo the need to perform anything, the actor begins to live truthfully.

Participants are then introduced to the ‘3-Moment Exercise’. Again, a series of exercises will integrate the work from the repetition exercises with a new concept – working from moment to moment. Combining these exercises allows actors to begin living truthfully from moment to moment. This idea sounds obvious but we’re often encouraged to act in broad generalisations and plan the future, for instance by playing objectives, rather than allowing the ever-evolving moment to dictate our behaviour.

Next we introduce the first of our Given Circumstances through an exercise called ‘Knock at the Door’. Then, participants take everything they’ve learnt so far and apply it to an ‘Independent Activity’, before we introduce Meisner’s version of ‘Preparations’, which help the actor to begin work in a state of aliveness; full of feeling and truthfully acting on impulse.

Towards the end of the week, we apply the technique to text: first, through an exercise called ‘Breaking the Back of the Scene’ before looking at Meisner’s approach to Text Analysis. In essence, participants will be taking the work from the repetition exercise (living truthfully from moment to moment) and incorporating the given circumstances they receive (the script). By now, we’re bringing into text work the muscles we’ve developed through observing and responding. This allows actors to directly apply the Meisner technique into any rehearsal room or film set, ensuring they’re able to give a truthful performance in any working environment.

 

PREPARATION

There is no specific preparation to this course

COST: £150

OCTOBER COURSE 

DECEMBER COURSE 

ABOUT MICHAEL 

Michael Gilhooly is a director & actor who trained at LAMDA. Alongside acting professionally he has directed several short films, including The Listener, which was long-listed for a BAFTA, and That’s What I Heard, which is being released by the BBC. He was recently shortlisted for Ffilm Cymru’s Beacons scheme and is currently writing his first feature film. After graduating from LAMDA he trained in the Meisner Technique with Scott Williams at the Impulse Company.

WORKSHOP

THE ACTOR'S PRESENCE 

with ANDREW DARREN ELKINS

DATES AVAILABLE FOR THIS ONE DAY WORKSHOP: 

Saturday 14th December 

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

Expanding on the monologue work experienced in the ‘Totality of the Actor’ training, this day long workshop will allow participants to train and extend the work into scenes (all allocated prior to the workshop) giving participants the opportunity to put the training into practice with other actors within the space. It is important to note that it is not necessary to have attended other workshops to be a part of ‘The Actors Presence’.

 

In actor training often we find among drama schools, workshops and other forms of training three separate disciplines:

 

Training of the voice
Movement training
Text and scene work


All valuable to the progression of the actor and essential. However, when do we in ‘Westernised’ actor training get to combine all these elements into one? Naturally… in performance. But is the natural? To break the actor down into three distinct separate parts and disciplines? And expect them to be combined together only once we are in rehearsal or performance? 

Within this course we will be focusing on mind, body and voice; not as three separate elements but one. To find the harmony between the body, mind and voice. This highly physically intensive workshop will place emphasis on ensemble work, the connection with ourselves, others and the physical, vocal and psychological strength of the performer. The 'elimination of all organic and technical barriers, freeing oneself of all preconceptions and prejudices which could destroy the organic unity the person in action' - Jerzy Grotowski

Within this day long workshop the performer can expect to experience intensive training followed by a look at allocated scenes which will be sent in advance.

 

You should be expected to work with:

Acrobatics
Impulse work
Rhythm work
Spacial awareness training
Text work through monologues. 

Scene work (Sunday sessions) - Text provided before workshop.
Support of partners and self


Do not think do.

Speak the text the rest is music.

 

PREPARATION:

Text will be provided by email before workshop.
It is important to note for participants that this will be a highly physical workshop. 

COST: £45

ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew is a director, actor and practitioner from the UK. He began his training at Rose Bruford College and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He would go on to work intensively with Bred in the Bone Theatre Theatre Laboratory at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland. After joining the company Andrew continued to work extensively as an actor and workshop leader with BITB touring internationally and finding a home at Theatre De Menilmontant, Paris - where the company runs the ‘Dreams Before Dawn’ festival. He is a core member of ‘The Third Arrangement’ working internationally with actors of the acclaimed Cricot2 Teatr. His travels as an actor have taken him from The Grotowski Institute to the A.P Chekhov Theatre and far beyond. 

 

Andrew has worked for the last four years as a visiting lecturer and director at leading Drama Schools. His actor training focuses on psycho-physical techniques under the name of ‘Totality’. 

COURSE

THE ACTOR'S PRESENCE: 3 DAY INTENSIVE

with ANDREW DARREN ELKINS

DATES FOR THIS THREE DAY WORKSHOP: 

Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

Andrew Darren Elkins returns to The Mono Box by popular demand with a three-day exploration of ‘The Actor’s Presence’.

 

Enter into the festive period with this three-day course that will fuel your artistic spirit for 2020! A collaborator with The Mono Box for the past two years Andrew’s workshops have continued to be a sell out and this course promises to let the actor go deeper into their craft through Andrew’s artistic research than ever before. 

 

Andrew’s highly psychophysical training takes a dynamic approach into the craft of the actor, exploring what it is for the actor to be in a total state of presence. His highly physical approach leads to exploring the actors’ full spectrum driving towards existing truthfully and presently in the moment with the spoken word.

 

In actor training often we find among drama schools, workshops and other forms of training three separate disciplines:

 

  • Training of the voice


  • Movement training


  • Text and scene work

 

These individual disciplines are valuable and essential for the progression of the actor. However, when do we in ‘Westernised’ actor training get to combine all these elements into one? Naturally this takes place in performance. But is the natural? Breaking the actor down into three distinct separate parts and disciplines? And expect them to be combined together only once we are in rehearsal or performance? 



 

Within this course we will be focusing on mind, body and voice, not as three separate elements but as one. To find the harmony between the body, mind and voice to find the actor’s total being. 

 

This highly physically intensive workshop will place emphasis on ensemble work, the connection to you, partners and the physical, vocal and psychological strength of the performer. 

 

The 'elimination of all organic and technical barriers, freeing oneself of all preconceptions and prejudices which could destroy the organic unity the person in action' - Jerzy Grotowski



 

Within the 3 days the performer can expect to experience intensive training followed by a look at allocated scenes that will be sent in advance. The training will consist of: 

 

  • Acrobatic Training

  • Acro-Voice

  • Impulse work

  • Rhythm work

  • Spacial awareness training


  • Text work 

  • Scene work 

  • Support of partners and self

PREPARATION:

Text will be provided by email before workshop.
It is important to note for participants that this will be a highly physical workshop. 

COST: £100

ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew is a director, actor and practitioner from the UK. He began his training at Rose Bruford College and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He would go on to work intensively with Bred in the Bone Theatre Theatre Laboratory at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland. After joining the company Andrew continued to work extensively as an actor and workshop leader with BITB touring internationally and finding a home at Theatre De Menilmontant, Paris - where the company runs the ‘Dreams Before Dawn’ festival. He is a core member of ‘The Third Arrangement’ working internationally with actors of the acclaimed Cricot2 Teatr. His travels as an actor have taken him from The Grotowski Institute to the A.P Chekhov Theatre and far beyond. 

 

Andrew has worked for the last four years as a visiting lecturer and director at leading Drama Schools. His actor training focuses on psycho-physical techniques under the name of ‘Totality’. 

COURSE

UNARMED COMBAT FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

with DAN (DJ) JOHNSON 

DATES: 

Tuesdays 18th and 25th February and 3rd and 10th March (must be available for all dates to complete. qualification)

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

HOW WILL IT WORK?
 

This 4 week course aims to enable and empower the participant to reach a proficient level of competence in ‘Unarmed Combat for Stage & Screen’, introducing and developing the fundamentals of stage combat and theatrical violence.

The course will be set with the following learning outcomes:

  • To learn the fundamental techniques and safe applications of Unarmed Stage Combat

  • To further develop physical awareness, both of oneself and others, in the space you occupy and perform in

  • To explore the different use of violence in theatrical and filmic context and understand the importance of safety in 21st Century performance

  • To advance partnering skills

  • To retain choreography, take direction and tell a story with theatrical violence

 

Beginning with analysing key moments of violence from cinema and T.V., we’ll look at what makes a truthful, entertaining and risk free “fight scene” - from distance to angles and technique to dramatisation - leading us to better understand and demonstrate the safe and believable application of unarmed combat.

 

We’ll explore a wide range of techniques; including strangles, pushes, slaps, kicks, punches and more. We will also begin to look at what makes believable moments of violence with a character, and not just an actor performing techniques.

Alongside core combat techniques, our goal will also be to further develop physical awareness and capabilities; this will be through a series of exercises and games. We will also be looking at basic fitness and flexibility, so everyone must be ready to break a sweat!

On the final day, there will be a small showing, in pairs, of a rehearsed scene with violent content; performed internally to the rest of the group.

Throughout the course, participants will be assessed on their abilities to learn and safely put into practice ‘Unarmed Combat for Stage & Screen’ - upon completion, successful participants will receive a Spotlight accredited certificate under ‘Master@Arms’ and may add the certificate to their Spotlight UK profiles. 

COST

£150

ABOUT DJ

Dan Johnson (DJ) teaches and sculpts theatrical and filmic violence to theatres and educational bodies around the UK; incl. Drama Centre London (Central Saint Martins), The Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury) and Met Film School (Ealing Studios).

DJ's diverse training (Drama Centre, Vakhtangov Institute Moscow, East 15) has allowed him to develop more dynamic and holistic theatrical violence - moulding physical scores that connect with the actor/ character and moving the scene to a more resonant and visceral level - above all, keeping actors safe and comfortable at all times by maintaining an open dialogue between performers and directors.

Alongside core techniques and principals of stage combat, DJ also brings focus to spatial awareness, fitness, partner work (incl. acrobalance), physical storytelling and general performer safety and physical actor training.

DJ is a practitioner of 'Master@Arms', a guild recognised and accredited by Spotlight UK.

Previous work includes international tours, music videos, street theatre and short films, alongside teaching the magic of stage and screen violence to all; young and old, 1-on-1 and in groups.