Characters in Transition Workshop


All day, 10am to 5pm
Age: 18+

Manipulate Festival 2024

Characters in Transition Workshop

A one-day workshop exploring visual and physical characterisation, led by acclaimed Scottish-Singaporean theatre maker Ramesh Meyyappan.  

This workshop will focus on the visual aspects of characterisation. Participants will make use of sign mime and explore the use of characters with mimed props, playing multiple characters and working with character transitions. While the attributes of stock, stereotypical characters will be explored, participants will also look at some of the subtle nuances of characterisation in performance.   

 Striking characterisations are exaggerated to create a comic or grotesque effect, such as in lazzi, the stock comedic routines associated with Commedia dell’arte. Lazzi provide the basic opportunity for playfulness. The difference between gags and lazzi is that the latter always have a human reference. A gag can be purely mechanical or absurd; it can leave one kind of logic behind and suggest a different one, but the lazzo always brings out an element of the character’s humanity.  

This workshop will be delivered in BSL and translated into spoken English by a BSL interpreter. Interpreters are also available for BSL users taking part in this workshop.  

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