Masks, masks and more masks!

Well, we had a wonderful second workshop with Vamos Theatre Company, the UK’s leading mask company. This workshop was the more advanced Level 2 so many participants from Level 1 joined us to build on their skills. 

Honor Hoskins, the brilliant practitioner, ran an intense “catch up” on Level 1 in the morning so those who hadn’t done Level 1 could do then Level 2. It was once again an amazing workshop. Everyone learned a great deal in a wonderfully creative and supportive atmosphere.

What is so interesting about mask is that it really does make us as actors realise how the smallest gesture and movement can convey so much and have so much meaning. It is the attention to detail. So whether we are using masks or not these sessions have really honed our skills in all aspects of performance. 

Check out the website for Vamos Their new production is “A Brave Face” about PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) promises to be a thought provoking experience and it will be touring. They really are a brilliant company producing moving and poignant work.

Here are some photos of the first workshop. Masks really do have different characters and are made by the company Strange Face. They also have different skin tones and ages. It’s great fun getting to know each mask and character. 

We are about to go to the USA ( work and play) and will be running more wonderful workshops with professional practitioners when we get back. We have particularly been asked for workshops on Shakespeare, Commedia Dell’arte and Stanislavski so watch this space.

Milton Keynes Gallery 

You will have seen plenty of news about the new MK Gallery which opened on March 16th. It really is fabulous! The exhibition “The Lie Of The Land” is excellent – accessible, thought provoking and an absolute joy. The new Sky Room is stunning and already many events have been held there and films have been shown. Do check it out if you haven’t been. It has a lovely cafe and bookshop too and is a stunning addition to MK’s arts and cultural offer.  See What's On!

The next exhibition is “Paula Rego – Obedience and Defiance” starting on 15th June and running until 22nd September.

“Showing works spanning her entire career since the 1960s, this will be the first major retrospective of Rego’s work in England for over 10 years. The exhibition includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs. 

The exhibition will subsequently travel to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the first ever retrospective of Rego’s work in Scotland and Ireland”

Admission prices 
Adult: £9.35 with Gift Aid / £8.50 standard
Concessions (over 65s*, group bookings of 10 or more): £8.25 with Gift Aid / 7.50 standard.

We shall be producing something exciting there in September which will run alongside the Paula Rego exhibition. So exciting!

We’ll also soon have news about our new October production at Stantonbury Theatre soon!   

Other news

We have a new person joining our team and she is Nicki Probets. Nicki runs Probets PR and she’ll be working with us on marketing, PR and profile. Welcome Nicki! We are so looking forward to working with you. Nicki will be writing our blogs in the coming weeks.

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