Mask Performing for Students

Full Mask Performing for Students

During coronavirus we're here to give teachers and students all the support you need. We’ve adapted our most popular workshops to run online, and to suit social distancing and remote learning. Find out more on our special coronavirus workshop page.

Our Full Mask Performing for Students workshop can be booked at a duration to suit you and your students, from one hour to a full day. The engaging and fast-paced session introduces students to mask theatre, showing how to create characters, develop clarity in communication and devise original mask work, empowering students to create their own mask theatre and gain a better understanding of theatre vocabulary needed for  the written elements of GCSE/AS/A level drama. The workshop is suitable for KS3 to degree level, and can be led by a deaf practitioner for students who are deaf or HoH - please let us know when booking

The workshop will:
•    familiarise students with the basic rules of performing in full mask, focusing on physical clarity
•    develop students’ understanding of specific performance elements such as movement, gesture and pace, and how this helps in creating character and communicating intention
•    teach students important mask techniques such as internal monologue, clocking, punctuated movement and stillness
•    build  students’ confidence in the devising process, and encourage them to think creatively and clearly
•    encourage students to consider, and be able to critique, the importance of the performer/audience relationship
•    develop teamwork and group trust
•    allow shy or under-confident students to shine with the protection of a mask

For additional content in longer sessions, please see the Course Outline pdf

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Booking details

Suitability: KS3 upwards
Course size: maximum 30 participants
Duration: adaptable
To book a workshop: contact us on 01905 312921 or email learning[at]

A version of this workshop is also available as a residency, click here for more information.


Vamos Theatre is committed to a practice which protects children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm. You can read about our Safeguarding Policy here.

Workshop flyers



Vamos Theatre created a truly democratic performance space for our students and empowered them to communicate profoundly, hilariously and emphatically. Mask theatre speaks no language but human language, one we can all understand, and I was both amazed and moved to see our students flourish throughout the week.

Hayley Venus, Ganton Special School, Hull - Full Mask Performing for Students


It was excellent and so well suited to our pupils.

Andrea Huhle, Braidwood School for the Deaf - Full Mask Performing for Students


The work shop that took place at my college really made me realise how hard mask work is, but also I learnt how effective body language is when betraying an emotion. Thank you for coming!

Mollie-May Cole, Student, Exeter College - Full Mask Performing for Students


I have been a teacher for 10 years and it was by far the most dynamic and worthwhile workshop I have ever seen delivered to students. I feel after your workshop they have the best possible start for their practical exam.

Kate Fonseca, Head of Drama, Uffculme School, Devon - Full Mask Performing for Students

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