Rudes’ Workshops

WANT TO EXPLORE PHYSICALITY AND SLAPSTICK?

INSPIRED BY THE COMPANY’S STYLE?

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE?

The Rudes offer a number of commedia-related workshops to schools, colleges and community groups. These can be anything from half-day workshops to week-long residencies and can be adapted for different ages and abilities. Our workshops include:

Introduction to Commedia Dell’Arte – a practical exploration of the ‘commedia family’, their physicality and characteristics, leading to devising your own cannovacci (scene).

Use Your Body! – a chance to gain awareness of your body and to develop characters from a physical perspective. The workshop explores ensemble play and is a great one for those new to physical theatre.

Lazzi – These are pieces of comic business or clowning used in commedia and commonplace in silent movies, Vaudeville and music hall. This workshop introduces several traditional lazzi, the battoccio (or ‘slapstick’), mock violence, illusions, pratfalls, and basic acrobatics (for non-acrobats!).

Workshop Facilitator – Stevie Thompson

Our workshops are lead by Rudes actor and director Stevie Thompson. Stevie was seen most recently for the Rudes in ‘The Dressing Book’, and directed our adaptation of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cat’ in 2014. She has also worked with companies such as The National Theatre, Travelling Light, Kaos, Playground, Polka and in 2013 in Dreadnaught South West’s outdoor touring production ‘Oxygen’.

Stevie trained in Commedia Dell’Arte with Antonio Fava in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and mask making and performance with Footsbarn Theatre and John Wright. She had over ten years of facilitation experience, to groups of all ages, designing and delivering one-off specialist drama workshops to longer term residencies.

Please contact Stevie for more information on 07949-084283 or email her at purplestevie@hotmail.com.