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The engaging and fast-paced session introduces students to mask theatre, showing how to create characters, develop clarity in communication and devise original work, empowering students to create their own mask theatre and gain a better understanding of theatre vocabulary needed for the written elements of GCSE/AS/A level drama.

The workshop will:
• familiarise students with the basic rules of performing in full mask, focusing on physical clarity
• develop students’ understanding of specific performance elements such as movement, gesture and pace, and how this helps in creating character and communicating intention
• teach students important mask techniques such as internal monologue, clocking, punctuated movement and stillness
• build students’ confidence in the devising process, and encourage them to think creatively and clearly
• encourage students to consider, and be able to critique, the importance of the performer/audience relationship
• develop teamwork and group trust
• allow shy or under-confident students to shine with the protection of a mask

This workshop can be led by a deaf practitioner for students who are deaf or HoH – please let them know when booking.

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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