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Summer School – Course C: Building A World
Tutor: Declan Drohan

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About the tutor

Declan Drohan M.A. H.Dip.Ad.Ed teaches on the B.A. in Performing Arts and the M.A. in Creative Practice at IT Sligo. He was been a theatre practitioner for 30 years. His practice encompasses acting, directing, lecturing and consultancy. He trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, and with Michael Chekhov Europe. He is a faculty member of Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland and serves as a director of the Glens Centre Manorhamilton.   Course Outline The play is a world, and we must learn to live in it….. Apart from speaking the dialogue, what tools or techniques can we employ to make strong connections with the story as it unfolds, the other characters and the shifting landscape of the play. What will hold us inside this frame for the duration of the tale? What will feed our imagination and inspire our acting choices? Can we experience what Michael Chekhov calls ‘the feeling of entirety’? How will the character emerge, or be coaxed forth? Using Georg Buchner’s ‘Woyzeck’, we will explore ensemble connection, archetypes, psychological gesture and atmosphere. As the play is short, by week’s end, we will have made a durational piece from our explorations which will cover the entire arc of the play, through monologue, duologue and ensemble playing.   TOPICS:

  • character
  • ensemble
  • connection
  • archetypes
  • psychological gesture
  • atmosphere
  • clowning and the grotesque
  • entirety/the whole.

‘…It followed me right to the edge of town. Something we can’t grasp, something we can’t understand, Something that drives us mad…..’