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Mask and Physical Character Work

Open up your physical acting, identify and challenge your own physical habits and connect deeply with characters in ways we often never have imagined. Classes will explore Body Alignment, Status, Physical Character Work, Neutral Mask, Comedia dell’Arte and Scene Work. This course is designed to explore character and challenge the physical limits of the actor. Participants will be offered opportunities to identify character types that may be physically difficult or confronting and find ways to explore, find freedom and perform as these characters.

Who might this appeal to?

  • Actors wanting to develop their awareness and use of their body for character in performance
  • Actors seeking to explore characters they might find difficult or uncomfortable
  • Actors looking to engage a greater level of both discipline and freedom in their physical performance.

How does it work?

  • Experiences that help you identify work with you natural traits.
  • Learning how to remove your own physical agenda from a character and come to discovery from a point of 'zero'.
  • Exploration in large scale character archetypes through mask, improvisation and game play
  • Individual scene and monologue coaching to bring this work to life

What will you gain from it?

  • A focused approach to the development character from a physical viewpoint
  • An understanding of how physical character can fuel the imagination and the actors emotions in real time
  • An enhanced understanding of how to be clearer and more understandable with your character, while at the same time becoming more free to play

Places are limited to 12 participants.

Class runs weekly - six sessions over six weeks.

Cost: £195


Tutor - Lawrence Carmichael

Lawrence Carmichael

"Lawrence is awesome. He's fun, charismatic, full of energy, very inspiring and really funny, I have learnt a phenomenal amount working with him..."  - John Kelley, Actor

"Lawrence is as bold as he is sensitive. His intuitive teaching style means that whatever you're learning from him is organic and a direct response from what's happening around him. He has an innate ability to deliver exceptional levels of stage craft ...Specifically for me it was a joy to find out what matters most... trusting your body and Lawrence to guide you to letting go, turning your impulses into fully realized moments and feeling physically liberated!" - Kim Hardy, Actor

the salon:collective

This course is run by the salon:collective, a thriving actor training organisation offering a range of courses designed around the modern working actor.  The ethos of our training is influenced by the Meisner technique of acting, each tutor has a fully grounded knowledge of the technique, in addition to their own specialism: physical theatre, Shakespeare, voice work and screen acting.

Image credit: Kim Hardy