Two day short courses
Our weekend short courses run throughout the year and offer 4 workshop sessions exploring key approaches to voice work, movement, improvisation and characterisation applied to text. Each day will be a self-contained sequence of work, balancing learning with practical exploration and application allowing you to join for a day or for the full weekend. Download an application form here: Short Courses Application Form 2015.

Short Courses Dates 2015
31 January & 1 February            28 February & 1 March               28 & 29 March

25 & 26 April                           23 & 24 May                               27 & 28 June
Cost: £60 1 day / £90 full weekend

Summer Course

For anyone over 18yrs wishing to perfect their acting skills, this five day course will explore voice, scene work, character development, movement and improvisation leading to an informal showing of work in progress on the final afternoon. This is an introduction to the types of work undertaken in vocational training. There will be an opportunity to audition for the Cygnet Company to anyone interested.

Monday 3rd August – Friday 7th August
Strawberries in January 2014 (c John Saunders) Cost; £325 (If paid by July 1st £295)

What participants say:

very dynamic and constructive workshop.” Sheena Galpin, One Day Presentation Skills Course June 2014

“It was thoroughly enjoyable and at a very professional levelI would definitely recommend the short course to another person.”
Natalie Ling, 2 day short course attendant, March 2014

“I feel more confident about engaging with an audienceClaire Goldstraw, 2 day short course attendant, March 2014

To book your place please contact email:  / phone: 01392 277189



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Jonathan Kay is a 21st century Fool

Jonathan Kay is recognized as a leading performer and teacher of Fooling workshops, whose work with audiences is internationally known. He’s the founder of the largest street theatre festival in the UK, and is an Honorary Fellow of The University of Winchester. He has taught in Canada and the USA, Australia, Spain, Germany, Sweden  Bosnia, Jordan and the UK.

He sees this art form as inclusive, a way of including both the ‘real’ world of the audience and the ‘imaginary’ world of theatre.

JK 7 ResizeJonathan’s stomping ground, his field of action the place where you will find him, is on the cliff between inertia and speed, encouraging participants to fly or to learn how to land, not only in their imagination but also in their purpose. He helps participants to look at those hypothetical anchors that can tie people down for a lifetime, engaging them in a compassionate, humorous and sometimes challenging way so they liberate themselves, turning what appears to be valueless into gold.

Fooling is a form of improvised theatre. The dramatic journey is as unpredictable and unknowable for the performer as it is for the audience. Foolish theatre is explicitly non-traditional and without rational considerations, because it is driven by feelings held in the Now. The act of “Thinking” is improvisational theatre’s most immediate and persistent assassin.  Go with Feeling, not with Thinking.

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Introductory / Weekend Workshops – Getting out of the Audience

Getting out of the audience is an introductory workshop where you can ‘dip your toes into the water’ and find out what it means to Fool on a stage.

Getting out of the Audience gives you the opportunity to experience this foolishness, once tasted it draws you in to discover a huge world, which you get to play in, create in and find your Fool in.

The best thing about the workshop is that you don’t have to have performer aspirations. This suits everyone with an interest to explore themselves and the world of the Fool within a performance space.

It can be a wonderful catalyst for change, knowledge, growth and fun.

This way of theatre is specific to the art of improvised performance using the Fool archetype, because you could say that only a Fool would get up out of the audience, into a space with no props, set design or script and start to perform a play.

The suggested donation is £125 for a weekend workshop, or £100 at the concessionary rate. The workshop runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 – 17.30/18.00 with an hour’s break for lunch

For further information or if you would like to book a place, please email or visit the website.

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