Naked Berkoff!

Well, naked of a mask, I should say… it’s becoming increasingly common these days to find me sans masque, delving into the glorious grotesque characterisations that epitomise Berkoff’s style of theatre. I’m warming up right now for another intensive workshop on Expressionist Theatre, as I get ready to travel south in a few weeks to East Sussex to my wonderful hosts @OffTheText. This one is for teachers – a fantastically fun CPD! Fancy joining us? You can find out more and book on our Acting and Professional Development Page.

It is great to be able to push participants to extremes: they are always surprised by the range their voices can cover and the expressionistic abilities of their own bodies. When pushed to explore the outer limits of the expressive potential of their bodies, faces and voices, performers start to reach the essence of what Steven Berkoff’s deliciously grotesque, expressionist theatre is all about. Great fun has been had playing with extracts from Berkoff’s plays looking at how all the techniques come together. Here’s some photos from recent workshops and a short clip of an extract from Berkoff’s ‘Kvetch‘:

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