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Vamos Theatre’s Mask Performing Residency offers the chance of an immersive learning experience for school, college and university students. Participants are introduced to the techniques of full mask theatre, learning about focus, character, movement and stillness.

Students are guided in how to devise work, creating a series of scenes that will become a short theatre performance at the end of the residency. All participants are involved in the creative devising process and the final showing. Residencies can explore a specific theme, and a special feature is the chance to work with a professional theatre musician, who provides a live musical accompaniment.

The residency will:
• give students a solid grounding in full mask performance and an understanding of it as a genre
• develop students’ detailed knowledge of specific performance elements such as movement, gesture and pace, and how these practically help in creating character and communicating intention
• give students practical devising skills, building confidence in the devising process, and encourage them to think creatively and clearly
• teach students important mask techniques such as internal monologue, clocking, punctuated movement and stillness
• encourage students to consider, and be able to critique, the importance of the performer/audience relationship
• encourage teamwork and group trust
• teach the importance of music and sound in mask performance
• encourage shy or under confident students to shine within the protection of a mask

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, Post 16

Subjects: Drama

Topics: Costume Design, Emotions, Identity, Improvisation, Performance Skills, Performing Characters, Rehearsing, Storytelling, Team Building, Theatre Roles, Understanding Drama & Theatre, Mask Techniques, Mask Performing

Type: In-School

Duration: Adaptable

Dates: Ongoing

Max. Students: 30 students

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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About Vamos Theatre.

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Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, has been touring its wordless and witty full mask productions since 2006.

Alongside these, the company delivers dynamic and engaging workshops for schools and colleges (KS3+) designed to develop students’ confidence in physical performance and non-verbal theatre. Workshops cover mask performing, mask making, physical theatre and devising.

All Vamos Theatre’s work is suitable for deaf and hard of hearing students and can be led by a deaf/BSL practitioner when required.

From taster sessions to residencies, online and in person, Vamos Theatre’s workshops give students the foundation skills essential to physical confidence on stage, supported by great online resources.

BSL practitioners available, Arts Mark, Arts Award, Mask Library, Mask Set

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