We tailor workshops to meet the needs of teachers, students and the curricula, from one hour to half day, full day, residential or a weekly series. Click below to view some of our most popular workshop packages:
Cheryl also runs regular Professional Development Masterclasses in the Gloucestershire region and in London (check out the Acting & Development Workshops page). We can also arrange workshops in-house nationwide, at competitive rates. Contact us for details.
How to Book
Please use the Workshop Enquiry Form to specify your needs and we will provide a quote based on group size, level of ability, duration and location.
Workshops can be adapted to suit most age groups and designed to focus on commedia dell’arte, archetypes, slapstick comedy, farce, expressionism, physical theatre, improvisation techniques, devising, storytelling, characterisation or to support the specific requirements of a production.
Half day workshops are up to 3 hours in length; a full day is up to 6 hours. Whether you book a half or full day, the session will be intensive, skills focused and crammed with learning. Most workshops can be tailored to fit your timetable.
“Being able to plan the day with Cheryl before the workshop meant it was perfectly tailored to the needs of the students”
N. McCurley, Henley College
Give Cheryl a call for further details about any workshop: 07932 067585
We aim to offer a high quality experience at an affordable rate. This is a guide to our costs
Half day from £175.00 (up to 15 participants) plus travel
Full day from £295.00 (up to 15 participants) plus travel
Performance-workshop package (30 min play, 2 hr workshop) from £500.00 plus travel
C.P.D. half day from £400.00 (up to 20 participants) plus travel
C.P.D. full day from £600.00 (up to 20 participants) plus travel
Preferential rates could be negotiated for a consortium arrangement if centres are close by.
Our Educational Objectives
- To provide an enriching and memorable learning experience, that engages an entire group supporting all levels of ability
- To support and enhance curriculum delivery of Drama, Theatre Studies and English through relevant, engaging and challenging participatory workshops
- To enable learners to experience Text in Performance through practical exploration
- To use the mask as a tool to enable participants to step out of their comfort zone and develop greater performance confidence
- To enable rapid acquisition of core mask and performance skills and to develop performance discipline
- To provide groups of learners with the skills needed for ensemble devising and performance.
How will physical theatre and commedia dell’arte meet your teaching needs?
Learners will develop:
- Understanding of Text in Performance with a practical exploration of specific elements of your selected set text
- Contextual knowledge and understanding of key theatrical styles and practitioners: Commedia dell’Arte, Expressionism, Lecoq, Berkoff
- Skills in improvisation and ensemble complicité as building blocks for devising
- A high level of transferable performance skills
- Techniques and skills for performing with masks
- Characterisation techniques
- Physical awareness and confidence to fully embody
- Playfulness, complicité and stage awareness
- Performance discipline, vocal and physical control
- Inspiration for their own performance work
Supporting your curriculum:
Introducing commedia dell’arte, slapstick or Berkoff expressionism in KS3 can be a great way to get students to take part in physical theatre, understand body language and become more confident with self expression. Commedia dell’arte workshops offer a practical way to teach theatre history and a way to enthuse even reluctant learners by introducing slapstick comedy and physical gags (lazzi).
At GCSE level, a workshop in commedia dell’arte can help students gain confidence to be more physically and vocally expressive as well as providing ideas for devising.
There are many units within BTEC Performing Arts at L2 and L3 that can be achieved either fully or partially with a commedia dell’arte project: Acting Skills, Historical Context of Performance, Devising, Variety Performance, Performing With Masks, Developing Styles In Clowning, Applying Physical Theatre.
If you teach A Level, commedia dell’arte can be used to support your teaching on Edexcel, AQA, WJEC/CBAC, EDUQAS and OCR. Commedia dell’arte is relevant for the study of The Servant of Two Masters, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors, One Man Two Guvnors.
If you teach the IB Theatre, the study of commedia dell’arte bridges learning about theatre in the making, theatre in the world and theatre in performance. This influential theatre style also provides students with a rich and extensive source for researching and writing about theatre history in the Extended Essay.
At Degree level, commedia dell’arte can be taught as an experiential academic study of theatre history, European literature or as professional performance training. Workshops can provide a deep understanding of this influential form that was singularly responsible for the Renaissance of theatre for the masses at the end of the Dark Ages. Intensive character study provides a rigorous training regime for the aspiring performer teaching key techniques in mask work and comedy, with a strong focus on stage presence, ensemble and audience complicité.