Epic Theatre (Drama)
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” ― Bertolt Brecht
Are you intrigued by the possibilities of how theatre can create commentary on society and politics?
Are you an actor that wants to explore an alternative way of making work?
Does the work of Brecht as a playwright and practitioner interest you?
Then this is arguably the course for you…
This practical acting course is an in-depth exploration of a vitally important element of the foundations of contemporary theatre. Concentrating on the key practitioners of this movement Brecht and Piscator, students will spend the week immersing themselves in both the history and the legacy of this influential but often unsung theatre genre
During the week you will
- Explore key theories of the work of Brecht and Piscator and their influences on contemporary theatre
- Create and direct your own work
- Discover how to create character and staging within the style of Epic Theatre
- Practically explore and be inspired by Brecht’s plays and poetry
This course is for actors and directors, no previous experience of Epic Theatre is required simply a willingness to get up and give things a go.
Tutor: Kerry Frampton
Kerry Frampton is Artistic Director of Splendid Productions.
Kerry trained at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds. She set up Splendid Productions in 2003, and it has since become one of the leading providers of drama-based education programmes and schooltouring theatre companies in the UK.
For Splendid she has directed, adapted and regularly performed in our annual creative adaptations of classic texts since 2004, including Macbeth, The Odyssey, Woyzeck, Antigone, The Trial, Dr Faustus, The Good Woman of Szechuan and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
The company has performed in schools and colleges in the UK, Europe and Asia, and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the National Theatre’s ‘Watch This Space’ Festival, and at numerous theatres including Pleasance London and The Lowry in Salford.
Kerry is the company’s senior workshop practitioner and has over fifteen years’ experience of devising and delivering high-quality, practical, theory-based drama workshops. Always in high demand at home, Kerry has also delivered workshops in Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur.
In addition to her work with Splendid Productions she has worked as an actor, director, workshop facilitator, writer, movement director and musician.
From 2018 Kerry has taken the role of visiting lecturer at LIPA – Epic Realism in Practice course - BA Applied Theatre and Artistic Practice and BA Acting