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Frantic Assembly Workshop

Drama Senior Sixth


On 15 October girls from Year 10 upwards who are involved in the school play, 'Mermaid', participated in a physical theatre workshop with Steve Kirkham from Frantic Assembly Theatre Company. Steve has recently worked as an assistant choreographer for the production of ‘Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time’. He was also part of the original cast of ‘Swan Lake’ directed by Matthew Bourne.

The girls had a wonderful experience using physical theatre techniques, learning how to fly or, for ‘Mermaid’, swim through the air! They had to work closely in groups using balance focus and a great deal of trust in each other. They used a variety of other lifts in pairs using contact improvisation and created lovely movement motifs. One particularly memorable piece was the girls using movement and gestures in unison, growing in and out of a unified ensemble. This was to create the image of mermaids moving underwater.

Steve Kirkham commented on the creative control of the group. He was very impressed by the material and standard of the movement they created and the positive way they worked together. It was a most enjoyable workshop and the techniques learned and material created will be used to enhance the forthcoming ‘Mermaid ’production (which will be performed on 4 and 5 December, click here for further information).

 



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