Workshops

Les Enfants Terribles offer a diverse range of workshops for all ages from professional and aspiring actors to primary aged school children.

 

Upcoming open workshops:

  • Les Enfants Terribles – Acting for Immersive Theatre

 

Les Enfants Terribles is pleased to offer a one day standalone professional development workshop for actors and drama school students looking to explore and develop skills in acting for immersive theatre.

The day with the Les Enfants Terribles’ creatives draws on our devising process and approach to immersive work and irreverent brand of immersive theatre which has seen us bring shows such as Olivier nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground (2015 and 2017), The Game’s Afoot (2016) and Dinner at the Twits (2016) to London over the last few years as well as delivering numerous immersive shows, experiences and events in the cultural and corporate sectors for the likes of The British Library, Stella Artois, V&A and Lush.

The day covers skills in improvisation and audience engagement as well as audition technique for immersive theatre performers, working with text in the context of immersive theatre and acting in the context of timecodes and role sharing for immersive theatre models.  Led by the team responsible for directing and developing Les Enfants Terribles’ work, the day will be made up of exercises, group scenes and task based improvisations using the surrounds of Alice’s Adventures Underground to give an insight into working as an actor in the increasingly popular immersive genre.

For more information and to book a place please send a CV or a Spotlight link to workshops@lesenfantsterribles.co.uk.

Date:  10th July 2017, 10am – 6pm
Cost:  £125.00 full price // £100.00 student and concession rates available
Location:  central London

 

Mental Health in the Arts – free open workshop

 

Chama Kay is a mental health blogger, advocate and workshop facilitator, a performance poet and works in the theatre sector.  He started writing about his own experiences with depression and borderline personality disorder on his personal blog in 2012.  He has since written for Grey Matters UK, Dream Nation, No Fly on the Wall, CAMLZone and was featured in the Guardian.  Chama has also appeared in numerous podcasts including Kicking the Kyriarchy and Melanin Millenials.  In 2016 Chama decided it was time to take his campaigning offline and began running workshops for the No fly on the Wall Academy, SOAS, UCL and Cambridge University.

This 90 minute workshop addresses issues relating to safeguarding personal mental health in the arts and aims to bring together people with an interest in discussing these issues and how they effect the industry as a whole and those who work within it in various capacities:

◉ Protecting the creative mind – addressing common mental strains felt by people working in creative spheres such as isolation, the need to be ‘emotionally raw’ in performance, finding inspiration, substance use, romanticism and so on.

◉ Addressing practicalities – work/earning irregularity, rejection, separation from loved ones, time spent away from home and working unsociable hours.

◉ Making it in the industry – barriers and challenges, cost of training, elitism, classicism, representation (race, gender, sexuality, ableism etc.) and the mental impact they have.

This workshop is open to anyone who works or aspires to work in the arts.

Date:  3rd July 2017, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Cost:  FREE, please follow the Eventbrite link to book a place
Location:  Central London

 

 

Open for bookings:

  • The Terrible Infants

Show specific workshops focussing either on practical acting skills or offering an introduction to the show and the devising process behind it as well as the puppetry in the show.  Workshops available suitable for primary, secondary and university level groups.

  • Alice’s Adventures Underground

Show specific workshops focussing either on practical acting skills or offering an introduction to the show and immersive theatre, the process of creating the show and the puppetry in the show.  Workshops available suitable for secondary and university level groups.

  • Puppetry workshops

An introduction to puppetry theory, how and why puppetry is used in Les Enfants Terribles’ work with an emphasis on practical skills, creating story and performing with puppets.

  • Devising and creating work

An introduction to the working practices of Les Enfants Terribles and how our current and previous shows were created.  With an emphasis on practical acting, group and collaborative work. Workshops available suitable for primary, secondary and university level groups.

 

To discuss bespoke workshop options, bookings or for more information regarding any of the above please email workshops@lesenfantsterribles.co.uk.

 

‘The workshop based around The Game’s Afoot was fantastic!  It was a step by step creative guide as to how to build an immersive and engaging performance from the basics of improvisation all of the way to a short devised performance placing the audience at the heart of the action.  Both facilitators worked incredibly well with our students and spent time working out their strengths and weaknesses throughout the workshop in order to further tailor it to our students needs.  They also spent a lot of time discussing different routes into the industry which meant a lot to the boys to hear such realistic and enthusiastic theatre makers discussing their own experiences.  Overall, it was a wonderful, practical and developmental workshop which our students loved and got a lot out of; Les Enfants Terribles are an incredibly accessible theatre company to study and engage with!  We will definitely be having them back!’
Lisa Varnell (Director of Drama), Sutton Grammar School

 

‘It was an absolute pleasure having Les Enfants Terribles deliver workshops for our youth theatre as part of the Toi Toi Education Programme at Teatru Manoel, Malta. The all-day weekend workshops were packed with exercises that inspired all participants, taking them on to another level of skill experience.  The feedback was ultra-positive and the workshops left a legacy of new ideas, new projects and new energy!’

Rosetta Debattista (Arts Education Consultant), Teatru Manoel