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COURSE E 2019: Exploring The Vocabulary Of Silence: Mime / Movement / Physical Theatre – Rowan Tolley

Using Classical and Contemporary styles, this course will explore the fundamental techniques of modern physical and illusionary Mime…. Fixed point, resistance, levels, articulation and configuration, in both solo and group work…along side expressive/movement techniques.

As a participant you will learn how to articulate the body, stimulate the imagination and express unspoken words through the power of wordless visual theatre making. Facial expression, gesture and full body will all be used. Blending creative stillness, dynamic movement with silent storytelling …It will challenge your mind , body and soul and ignite a passion for externalizing the internal via non-verbal communication.

Whenever you go on stage your body must be alive, confident and physically aware and be able to convey more with a turn of the head than words ever can. You will learn how to get straight to the point, create one moment at a time, and how to make the performers intention clear by acquiring the basic grammar of Movement/Mime Easily accessible to any age and ability, starting with a warm up, followed by teaching technique and always allowing time at the end of each day for a short performance. Come prepared for challenges, development and the un-predictabilities of Silence .


Rowan Tolley is Yorkshire based and has been classed as one of Britain’s most original and imaginative white-faced Mimes / Physical Theatre practitioners and directors.

Influenced by Chaplin, Keaton, Tati and Beckett, and building on a training of Decroux technique, he studied in London and Paris, creating a style that has been classed as ‘Classical with a touch of the unexpected’.

A Performer, Director, Creator, and Teacher, with over 25 years professional experience, he combines touring his highly acclaimed one-man show with teaching, directing, devising in both theatre and film/television. Increasingly interested in the function of silence, he is a great believer in the element of risk for both performer and director.

Rowan’s method and style will seek to stretch and challenge all the participants on StageWise, where he will concentrate on the fundamental techniques of modern physical and illusionary mime – creating visual invention alongside dramatic innovation. The imagination once ignited can never be extinguished.

Major Projects in the Last 4 Months and the Next 7 Months

  • 39 Solo One Man Shows
    England, Portugal, Finland and Moscow
  • TURF (Rowan Tolley Company)
    performances Dublin, Galway, Leitrim, Kerry, Virginia And London
    • Othello (Director)
      Youth Theatre Productions (Shakespeare Festival)
  • Thirteen Steps To The Attic
    Creating/Collaborating and Directing Michelle Cahill in her first Solo show, which gets it’s Dublin Premiere in February 2019 before embarking on an International Tour.

Master classes
Rowan continues to deliver a series of Master Classes throughout the year both Nationally and Internationally