This course will focus on the actor and the word. We will be working from contemporary Irish texts and those from the canon. Among the works chosen writers will include Tom Murphy, Marina Carr, and Conor McPherson.
The workshop will be practical and will focus on realising work on the floor. We will look at the world of the play, its place, time, and social, geographical and political context; we will explore character by probing for facts, understanding context that informs action and explore their contradictory drives and objectives; we will investigate where lies the dramatic action in any given scene and where change occurs to forward narrative, we will look at the plays language and how it informs our reading of a character and our understanding of the world of the play. We will encourage actors to have fun and make brave choices.
COURSE TUTOR: ANNABELLE COMYN
Annabelle is an award winning Irish freelance theatre director, artistic director of Hatch Theatre Company and Director in Residence at The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Arts, Ireland. She has been working as a theatre director for 24years and in recent years has established herself as one of Ireland’s leading theatre directors.
She has directed work for The Abbey, Druid, The Gate, Landmark Productions, Dublin Theatre Festival and The Lyric Theatre, Belfast among others. Plays include Asking For It (Landmark Productions, Everyman Cork and The Abbey), Look Back in Anger (The Gate, Dublin),Dubliners; Counterparts and The Boarding House (OTC and Wexford Opera Festival), Crestfall, Helen and I (Druid), The Wake,Hedda Gabler, Major Barbara, The House (Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Director), Pygmalion, A Number, Blue/Orange(Abbey Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Lyric Theatre, Belfast and DTF), Contractions, The Sit (Bewley’s Café Theatre), The Vortex (Gate Theatre, Dublin). For Hatch Theatre Company plays include The Talk Of The Town (in a co-production with Landmark Productions and Dublin Theatre Festival), Love and Money, Further Than The Furthest Thing, Cruel and Tender,Pyrenees, Blood and The Country.