Our 2020 workshops are back!  Meeting every Monday for 10 weeks from 7pm at The Horsebridge in Whitstable, the workshops will take actors through a series of specific theatre skills and disciplines. The course is run by the KCT team, together with guest workshop leaders from the world of theatre and entertainment.

‘THE WRITER AND ACTORS IN PARTNERSHIP’ Monday 20 January, 7-9pm, Stephen Condor – Playwright

Playwrighting can be a solitary occupation.  When the script is in the hands of actors, then it truly comes alive.  Attendees of this fun and collaborative workshop will read a one-act unpublished play, role-play the parts and explore how the characters can be developed.  This will be followed by improvisation based upon entirely new scenes – hot off the writer’s laptop!

‘A GUIDE TO 20TH CENTURY THEATRE, PART 1’ Monday 27 January, 7-9pm, Elliot Huxtable – Artistic Director, Canterbury Shakespeare Festival

Explore four of the most important plays of the 20th Century through the eyes of an actor. Beginning in 1913 with George Bernard Shaw’s most influential work, ‘Pygmalion’, before jumping ahead to origins of American Theatre with Tennessee Williams’ ’Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.’

‘A GUIDE TO 20TH CENTURY THEATRE, PART 2’ Monday 3 February, 7-9pm, Elliot Huxtable – Artistic Director, Canterbury Shakespeare Festival

In this second session, we will examine the beginnings of absurdism with Samuel Beckett’s    ’Waiting For Godot’ and finally take a look at one of Elliot’s favourite plays of all time; Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.’ 

‘HOW WE COMMUNICATE’ Monday 10 February, 7-9pm, Mark O’Connor – Actor, Writer and Musician

Mark is a storyteller who uses a range of different mediums to communicate to his audience.  This includes acting, writing, directing, composing and facilitating learning. In this interactive workshop, Mark will look at a famous study regarding how we communicate face-to-face (and what we pay attention to as we make sense of the information given to us).  In particular, the workshop will focus on the power of language, the music of communication (the way we say things), the dance of communication (body language),                         congruence in communication, how we can use this understanding as an actor and the structure of a story (understanding the script).

‘IMPROVISATION FOR PERFORMERS’ Monday 17 February, 7-9pm, Lorenzo Corsini – Drama Teacher, John Wallis Academy

In this workshop, attendees will be using improvisation as a learning tool to sharpen our presence on stage.  The focus will be on creativity, co-operation and communication, with the aim to become more reactive and present performers on stage.

‘AN INTRODUCTION TO STANISLAVSKI’ Monday 24 February, 7-9pm, Steve Mount – Head of Drama & Theatre, The King’s School Rochester

It is very easy to over simplify the method of Konstantin Stanislavski, one of the greatest and most influential of modern theatre practitioners.  The main thing to remember is that he takes the approach that the actors should really inhabit the role they are playing.     In this workshop, attendees will gain knowledge and understanding of Stanislavski’s method of acting, develop an understanding of rehearsal techniques to develop a realistic portrayal of character and apply practitioner style to a play text.

‘AN INTRODUCTION TO BRECHT’ Monday 2 March, 7-9pm, Steve Mount – Head of Drama & Theatre, The King’s School Rochester

German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s ideas were very influential.  He wanted to make an audience think and used a range of devices to remind them that they were watching      theatre and not real life.  In this workshop, attendees will develop characterisation         technique as an actor that is appropriate to Brecht’s style, develop, rehearse and perform workshop material using Brechtian techniques and interpret basic features of Epic Theatre into original performances.

‘RESTORATION; A THEATRE OF MANNERS’ Monday 9 March, 7-9pm, Lou Fowkes – Artistic Director & Producer, Kent Coast Theatre

Romance and emotion gave way to intellect in sophisticated plays about cuckoldry, gossip, intrigue and sexual license, tempered with a strong sense of decorum and the chilled dry wit of the London aristocracy.  Looking at text from ‘The Country Wife’, ’The Importance of    Being Earnest’ & ‘The Rover’  attendees will master the art form that is ‘restoration theatre.’

‘MALA & EDEK – A TALE OF AUSCHWITZ’ Monday 16 March, 7-9pm, Mark O’Connor – Actor, Writer and Musician

In this workshop, Mark will discuss how he came to write his play and the challenge of taking a subject like The Holocaust and writing a play that was respectful & authentic, whilst being told in a way that the audience could engage with. He will also make links to the learning from the first workshop with particular focus on story and role development.

‘CHILD’S PLAY’ Monday 23 March, 7-9pm, Lou Fowkes – Artistic Director & Producer, Kent Coast Theatre

When adults portray children on stage, the results can sometimes be grating, awkward and at times even embarrassing.  We break down the emotional and physical skills and demands required to master this and look at plays that require adult actors to regress back to a child; Willy Russell’s ’Blood Brothers’  and ’Blue Remembered Hills’ by Dennis Potter.

Our workshops run for 10 weeks, every Monday from 7-9pm, 20 January – 23 March and are open to adults from 16 years. Cost: £10 each (payable by cash/cheque on the night).   NB. Full Members of KCT in 2019 are eligible to attend all 2020 workshops for free.

For details and to book your place on any of the workshops please tel: 01227 280314 or use our contact page.