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DQ Blues
Talking, Talking Heads
April in Paris
The Balance
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Leda Hodgson
 Artistic Directors
West End Live
Waterloo Place



As with many companies over recent years we realise the importance of developing the audience of tomorrow. One way this can be done is by working directly with school children and students through workshops. These can be tailored directly to a specific play and text, or they can be more general.

Many actors today can produce exciting and varied workshops for students. On our last trip to Bahrain, Martin and Leda gave two completely different types of class. Leda was asked to do something specifically for the students at The Children’s House.

  Although they were still quite young, their tutors decided that they should work on Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', which they had been studying recently. Leda decided to look at the role of twins in the plot structure.

Martin was asked to work with more mature students at St Christopher’s School. They wanted to work on physical theatre and specifically, how it is used in John Godber’s plays. Here are some of the comments expressed by the students later.

‘ Martin Barrass really opened up my eyes to a world of physical theatre and perfect mime like I’ve never seen before’.
Philippa Nilson-U6F


'Martin Barrass and Leda Hodgson demonstrated a whole new world of drama, with regards to physical theatre and script work’
Sam Gale-L6B

 The workshop was very beneficial in that it emphasised the importance of physical theatre: for example, what a small gesture can add to the drama’
Chirag Patel- L6 J

‘Personally I felt that the workshop was very beneficial to me because it emphasised the importance of physical theatre in a play such as ‘April in Paris’. Using the scripts also taught me how to interpret different texts on stage and explore character’.
Jessica Nilson-L6F



‘Martin Barrass and Leda Hodgson provided an energetic and varied workshop. They clearly engaged the interest of the students and communicated the skills of bringing a text to life using physical and vocal techniques. A thoroughly useful and enjoyable two hours.’ 

Mr Michael Thomas, Head of Drama



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