Winter School 2015

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Dates: Friday 20 February to Sunday 22 February 2015.

Venue: Ashprington Village Hall, Orchard Close, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7XA.

Faculty: Mo Cohen, Lucy Pearce and Peta Lily (pictured below).

Peta Lily

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Peta trained with some of the real greats of theatre including Jacques Lecoq, Yoshi Oida, and Shared Experience founder Mike Alfreds, who Ian McKellen described as one of the three best theatre directors in the UK. Her work incorporates aspects of Commedia dell’arte and Butoh, a form of Japanese dance theatre.

Well known for her solo work, Peta has performed in UK and continental Europe, in Hong Kong, and in Australia, where she was born. She teaches in London at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and elsewhere.

As I wrote to everyone earlier, we are really delighted that Peta has agreed to come and lead two days of the Winter School. Her travel is booked and the Winter School is happening.

Together we are designing a weekend of characters and characterization.

Lucy and I will lead day one—a day of ideas, imagination, characters and creativity—and Peta will pick up and help us turn all our preparation into drama and theatre on stage in a solo setting from Saturday morning.

On Sunday afternoon we will have a very informal opportunity to invite our friends and families for tea and show—a chance to show our “work-in-progress” to our invited guests.

For anyone who wants it, this could easily be a step to performing at the Nearly Real Theatre Festival in July (9 -12 July 2015).

Why come? The great novelist Ben Okri wrote:

“When we make an experience, a chaos, into a story, we have transformed it, made sense of it and domesticated it.”

When we put our story on stage and allow others to bear witness, they begin to transform their own story too. This is the magic of solo, especially in a community. Each of us gets to transform our own story and share it on stage.

We are hoping that after this workshop Peta will a few more times during the coming year to lead workshops on the dark clown, which is one of the areas she is especially known for.

Like I said this is a completely rare opportunity and we are thrilled to welcome her to Totnes!

There are still a number of places available. The tuition has been dropped to £155.00 (unfortunately we are unable to provide any bursaries), so if you want a place please let me know as soon as possible.

You can reserve a place by sending cheque, made payable to Mo Cohen, to Orchard Rise, Maudlin Road, Totnes TQ9 5EX. If you’d rather make a bank transfer, please contact me and I will give you my bank details.

You can watch Peta below (password: peta).

You can see more Nearly Real Theatre videos here.

(In the new year I will be posting some of the 2014 videos, so watch this space.)

Really hoping you will join us.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please let me know now if you want to reserve a space.

Warmest season’s greetings.


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