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Telling Tall Tales (Multidisciplinary)

“It’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.” Alan Rickman

Do you love theatre and making new work?
Are you looking for a creative way to stretch yourself as a performer, director or storyteller?
Are you interested in developing your knowledge of and confidence in performance possibilities?

If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect course for you…

Telling Tall Tales will be a totally fresh look at making theatre using the desire to tell stories as inspiration. In addition to developing vocal, movement and performance skills there will be opportunities to try new techniques including physical theatre, mask work and puppetry.

The week is a chance to develop creative, directorial, performance and ensemble skills. The emphasis throughout the week will be on finding great stories and telling them well.

During the week you will:

This course is aimed at anyone, from performers to directors to teachers, who want to expand their creative practice and bring an injection of fresh ideas to their work.

Tutor: Simon Carroll-Jones

I am a theatre maker, movement director and performer. I have worked nationally and internationally. My CV includes being Peter Pans shadow in Wendy and Peter Pan at the RSC, associate artist with Tangled Feet Theatre (large scale physical/outdoor theatre), Angel Exit Theatre (Le Coq influenced physical story telling, Moving dust (dance theatre) and Upstart (multi-platform game theatre). I have recently completed a tour of my solo piece, Marco, a high energy physical piece about competition and sport; and I am embarking on a new piece, The Skatepark Project, about public spaces and ownership in rural UK.

I have taught and directed at East 15 Acting School (Contemporary Theatre Degree), Identity Acting School (movement), Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Musical Theatre, body conditioning and movement), and Poor School (movement).

I have recently been spending a lot of time movement directing across the UK, having worked with companies such as Paines Plough (Roundabout Summer season 2018), Eastern Angles (Tide Jetty), and The Almeida (Shuffle). I have just finished working with the writer Tom Wentworth and disabled performer Ben Owen-Jones on Tom Hugh's new play Bully at The Welsh Millennium Centre.

I have a huge amount of experience in devising and collaborating on physical storytelling, mask, clown, Laban, Gratowsky, and many other forms of physical practices.