John Bolton Theatre School

John Bolton Theatre School

The John Bolton Theatre School is a full time four month theatre intensive based in Melbourne. Participants study with John Bolton and a team of diverse and experienced teachers of physical theatre, song, voice and movement. John’s Lecoq training and extensive background in performance, teaching and directing has inspired countless performers and theatre makers all over the world.

This integrated training investigates and strengthens the practice of creating new work. It explores the Play of Mask, Bouffon, Clown and Vaudeville, as well as using these tools to find dynamic ways of working with text. Given a rigorous and secure environment participants will leave fueled with a sense of action, more confident in voice and body and in their ability to stand in front of an audience or camera.

2017 Course

2017 Course

Location Whangarei, New Zealand
Dates March 20th – April 7th, 2017
Times Monday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm

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In this three-week exploration we will investigate the power of stillness and silence through one of the great building blocks of the actor’s craft - the Neutral Mask. We will explore how the mask can help an actor’s body and voice become more fluid, strong and responsive to impulse while deepening and stretching the imagination. The whole palette is enlarged, allowing the actor to be truly strong and vulnerable on stage, consequently free to create new work and build character.

Areas of Study

The course has several areas of in depth focus

Neutral Mask

Neutral Mask

The Neutral mask puts us in touch with our most authentic and intuitive self. It integrates mind and body, clarifies impulse, and allows the wearer to experience the power and fragility that come from living in the present, which is the basis of any other performance work.

Energy normally wasted on eccentricity and character is now directly used in coherent action, from still point to still point.

Clown

Clown

Nothing can be hidden in clowning: all of your stupidity, charm and child-like play surface and dazzle the audience, taking them to an imaginative place reserved for naivety and magic.

As well as helping to develop a circus clown who can do tricks, falls and circus routines, this section of work reveals the actor devoid of tricks and routines; the actor who can stand on stage or in front of a camera whole and secure in his or her vulnerability, completely spontaneous.

Bouffon

Bouffon

The world of these malformed and anarchic people is perfect.

Their beloved task is to make the audience die of laughter by parodying their ways and gleefully mocking their hypocrisy.

This is one of the most freeing and adventurous experiences for any actor. It requires absolute commitment of imagination and body and involves learning to follow the dark and destructive urge, with charm.

Vaudeville

Vaudeville

We will inquire into the world of Vaudeville. As well as entering into Melodrama, students will create their own unique theatre by integrating or focusing on one of the styles we have studied. From the serious to the absurd, these explorations are platforms from which participants can continue their investigations after completing the course.

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