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Vamos Theatres’ Mask Making and Performing Residency gives school, college or university students a thorough and rounded experience of full mask. Students and their teachers design, make, and paint their own masks and are introduced to full mask performance, learning about focus, character, movement, and stillness.

Students are guided in how to devise work, creating a series of theatre scenes that will become a short performance at the end of the week. A special feature of our residencies is the chance to work with a professional theatre musician, who provides a live musical accompaniment to the performance elements.

The residency will:
• teach students how professional performance masks are made
• develop practical skills in molding clay, turning the clay mold into the mask, painting, shading and finishing the mask
• inform students’ understanding of character and how to reflect this on a mask
• encourage calm and focused attention to detail
• 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: Art & Design, Drama

Topics: Costume Design, Devising, Emotions, Identity, Improvisation, Mindfulness, Performance Skills, Performing Characters, Rehearsing, Storytelling, Team Building, Theatre Roles, Understanding Drama & Theatre, Mask Techniques, Mask Performing, Mask Making, Painting, Clay Moulding

Type: In-School

Duration: 2-5 days

Dates: Ongoing

Max. Students: 20 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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