Theatre Training - Thespo 12 Workshops

Thespo 12 presents Theatre Workshops from different parts of the globe!



This year, Thespo presents innovative workshops from various corners of the world. The workshops would be conducted by Ravi Jain from Canada, Jack Lowe, Sophie Larsmon, Titas Halder from the UK and our very own RJ Neil from Red Fm. From devising theatre, to exploring theatre to dance performances, to mask work, to writing workshops, we've got it all!

Be there to learn interesting aspects of theatre and register now!

1) 180 Degrees by Jack Lowe.

Jack Lowe, trained at Ecole Jacques LeCoq and is training on the MFA Theatre Directing course at Birkbeck. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Curious Directive ensemble and Trainee Director at Paines Plough. www.painesplough.com / www.curiousdirective.com

About: What will we discover in the room? 3 intricately connected stories of unconditional love, biology and the Universe. This is a lead-up workshop to the festival, where 10 dancers/actors will work it out to create a 10-15 minute performance at the festival. This will be a Platform Performance on the 14th of December 8pm, at Prithvi Cafe.

We need 3 dancers of different dance disciplines and 7 actors/dancers as chorus. Do send in your CVs at thespo12@gmail.com

Date: 5th Dec to 13th Dec
Time: Depends on the 4 hours that is convenient to the selected actors/dancers.

Venue: Dhananjay, near fun republic.

Deposit: 1000/- (This amount would be returned to you, once you have attended all the sessions of the workshop)

Last Date of Registration: 1st December 2010

Contact: thespo12@gmail.com or call Vidisha on +91 9867562859

2) Discovering the Mask by Ravi Jain.

Ravi Jain, Artistic Director of a Toronto-based theatre company, Why Not Theatre, will be conducting a workshop on Mask Work. www.theatrewhynot.org
In addition to producing and touring new work, education and community building remain fundamental aspects of this company.

About: This 4 day workshop is an introduction into the work of Jacques Lecoq via mask, mime and play. Through introductory excersises with the masks, participants will learn the precision and energy required for masked play. Through games, body work and improvisations we will explore the actor's expressive body and desire to play.

The participants need to wear comfortable clothing, shirts with no logos or designs on them, no jeans, preferably all black and get their own water.


Date:14th Dec - 17th Dec
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Prithvi House.
Deposit: 500/- (This amount would be returned to you, once you have attended ALL the sessions of the workshop)
Last Date of Registration: 10th December 2010
Contact: thespo12@gmail.com or call Kannagi on +91 9920420500


3) The World of Materials by Jack Lowe.

About: Which materials are the most interesting and why? What inspires the way we move? From elastic bands to tin foil, the dynamics of materials are grounded in something very real and very poetic. Come and unravel the paper around the movement of materials.

It would be great if the participants have an interest in movement, dance background, devised theatre background.

Date: 14th Dec
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Prithvi House.
Deposit: 300/- (This amount would be returned to you, once you have attended the workshop)
Last Date of Registration: 10th December 2010
Contact: thespo12@gmail.com or call Megha on +91 9322232451



4) Workshopping a Text by Titas Halder

Titas is the Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse 2010-2011 and a Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre. Formerly Literary Associate at the Finborough Theatre. As writer, Titas trained on the Royal Court Theatre's Critical Mass programme. www.donmarwarehouse.com

About: Titas has written a piece on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and would like to workshop it with 4 actors and perform it in front of an audience and receive feedback. The performance will be a part of the Thespo Fringe.

Participants will include four actors. specifications coming soon.

Date: 14th Dec
Time: All day
Venue: Still to be decided
Deposit: 500/- (This amount would be returned to you, once you have attended the workshop)
Last Date of Registration: 3rd December 2010
Contact: thespo12@gmail.com or call Vidisha on +91 9867562859


5) Devising Theatre : The First Seed by Jack Lowe.

About: Where should I begin? An indea in the middle of the night, a novel or a painting? This workshop leads the participant into the dark unknown of devised theatre and searches for the light switch.

All the participants need to bring a story, a painting, an object or a song with them that inspires them.

Date: 15th Dec
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Prithvi House.
Deposit: 300/- (This amount would be returned to you, once you have attended the workshop)
Last Date of Registration: 10th December 2010
Contact: thespo12@gmail.com or call Megha on +91 9322232451


6) Writing for the Stage by Sophie Larsmon

Sophie has recently completed an MA in Creative Producing for Theatre & Live Performance at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is now a freelance producer and director. Sophie has worked in different creative capacities for various UK theatre companies including Cardboard Citizens, Shared Experience, Tamasha and York Theatre Royal and has also worked for the Diversity Team at Arts Council England.

About: This workshop introduces the writers to the new writing culture in the UK and also go through the building blocks of playwriting. The second half would be about going through newspapers and discussing ideas and what inspired them in those. Later they would write a short piece, based on what they learnt at the workshop (they can go anywhere they feel inspired, for this) and meet again to read those pieces.

Date: 15th Dec
Time: 11:30am to 5pm
Venue: Still to be decided
Deposit: 300/- (This amount would be returned to you, once you have attended the workshop)
Last Date of Registration: 10th December 2010
Contact: thespo12@gmail.com or call Kannagi on +91 9920420500


7) Come To Where I Come From

Over the past 6 months, sixty one playwrights from across the UK returned to their home towns to write plays about the places that shaped them.

At 14 theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays were performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.
Come To Where I'm From is a theatrical tapestry of the UK, woven by writers asking if home is really where the heart is


About: Four young writers will be given an opportunity to write a 10 minute monologue about where they are from. The monologues will be performed at the festival.

Date: 15th Dec
Time: 11:30am to 5pm

Venue: Still to be decided

Deposit: 300/- (This amount would be returned to you, once you have attended the workshop)

Contact: thespo12@gmail.com or call Vidisha on
+91 9867562859


8) RJ Workshop by RJ Neil of Red Fm.

About: This workshop to be conducted by RJ Neil of Red FM, who would be talking about the different aspects of radio jockeying (RJing), the necessary skills and how to make a career out of it.

Date: 16th Dec
Time: 3pm to 5pm

Venue: Prithvi House

Deposit: 300/- (This amount would be returned to you, once you have attended the workshop)

Last Date of Registration: 10th December 2010.

Contact: thespo12@gmail.com or call
Megha on +91 9322232451