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Theatre Lab

The TheatreLab is a monthly one-day workshop, based at the Marlborough Theatre, in Brighton, UK. Its aim is to bring together a group of actors in order to achieve a deep and meaningful intensity in developing ideas, materials and skills.

It’s a place to do real work, challenge mediocrity, and realise ideas.

The aim is to test limits, to break new ground, to stretch and to encourage. The goal is to tap into the spirit of theatre, not just its physical and psychological levels.

Previous Labs have explored: finding subtlety, theatre of contact, portrayal of death, interaction and depth of communication on stage, the collusion of mediocrity, and indifference on stage. We recently explored distraction and focus.

The workshop requires a level of professionalism, focus, motivation and commitment that is sadly rare in much of British theatre. I am not interested in actors who are simply interested in getting paid. I intend the workshop to generate tangible outcomes for some - ideas and material for new work (which may well earn them money!) The workshops are developmental for professional actors. It is not a training course for newcomers. It is a place where even the most experienced actor can break new ground and explore personal limits A place to develop real skills and do real work.

LAB Resources

THEATRELAB FEB 2005 NOTES

THEATRELAB JAN 2005 NOTES

THEATRELAB DEC 2004 NOTES

THEATRELAB OCT 2004 NOTES

THEATRELAB SEP 2004 NOTES

THEATRELAB AUG 2004 NOTES

Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed

Soul-touch in Drama

Distraction in performance

Process Transposition - a bizarre idea we are exploring in performance

The Hundredth Monkey - a new idea one of our labbers is cooking on a slow heat

MEISNER TECHNIQUE - LAB FOCUS HERE

NEXT LAB DATES: New Lab Season begins October 2005! Details will be announced here. 11am - 5pm
COST: £5 (towards rent of the space)
Optional Meet for coffee 10am at the Red Roaster, 1d, St James' Street, Brighton

LAB ONLINE COMMUNITY: click here

SPONSORSHIP NEWS
Theatre Lab has secured some sponsorship enabling us to subsidies the rental on our workshop space! Good News. We also have some minor funding for developing a theatre project.

LAB Links

Linked theatre
companies


Company Collisions - Brighton based, innovative theatre and movement company


Theatre and Drama
Resources

Missing Link - index of
performers
A guide to theatre
resources on the Web
US-based guide to theatre resources online
Physical Theatre Resources Online
Pebbles Productions - A
theatrelab member’s site

More Links on our community

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Some LAB articles


Articles on New Naturalism

New Naturalism - a description of an emerging discpline

The Search for Sustainable Theatre - a positional
paper
on New Naturalism

A discussion thread about “Convincing” acting

A Controversial typology of actors

Connectedness in theatre

Responsive Acting


Workshops ideas

Some ideas for mind warm-ups

Flow and Stumble in drama and life

Improvisational Anchors

Process Transposition - a concept for theatre?

A Glimpse of Theatre in Business Training

A Warm-up Exercise for Voice and Character Work


Perspectives

In the Shadow of the Edinburgh Tattoo - an article about Darwinism in Theatre

“Sometimes we play our roles too well. We sink into the costume and confuse it for flesh. We feel the make-up too keenly and believe it to be skin. We step clownishly upon the stage of Earth and scowl, frustrated at this clumsy Mummers Play we called Life - wishing, on the one hand, for a better part, or a clearer, more inspiring script and, on the other hand, for the agility and skill to improvise the unfolding story.”

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