Mask Residencies

Our Residencies

If you'd like to make a real difference to your students' understanding of performance and physical theatre, you can book one of our residencies.

Mask Performing Residency is for students who will benefit from a solid grounding in physical theatre, mask and devising skills, focussing on character and movement in detail, and building confidence in performing solo and as a group.
Mask Making and Performing Residency gives students the chance to make their own masks, as well as perform in them, getting a full and rounded experience of creating character and physicality.

Mask Performing

Vamos Theatre's Mask Performing Residency offers the chance of an immersive learning experience for school, college and university students. Participants are introduced to the techniques of full mask theatre, learning about focus, character, movement and stillness. They are guided in how to devise work,  creating a series of scenes that will become a short theatre performance at the end of the residency. All participants are involved in the creative devising process and the final showing. Residencies can explore a specific theme, and a special feature is the chance to work with a professional theatre musician, who provides a live musical accompaniment.

The residency will:
•    give students a solid grounding in full mask performance and an understanding of it as a genre
•    develop students’ detailed knowledge of specific performance elements such as movement, gesture and pace, and how these practically help in creating character and communicating intention
•    give students practical devising skills, building  confidence in the devising process, and encourage them to think creatively and clearly
•    teach students important mask techniques such as internal monologue, clocking, punctuated movement and stillness
•    encourage students to consider, and be able to critique, the importance of the performer/audience relationship
•    encourage teamwork and group trust
•    teach the importance of music and sound in mask performance
•    encourage shy or under confident students to shine within the protection of a mask

Booking details

Suitability: KS3 upwards
Course size: maximum 24 participants
Duration: 2-5 days
Cost: 2 Days: £800 + travel + accommodation
          3 Days: £1200 + travel + accommodation
          4 Days: £1600 + travel + accommodation
          5 Days: £2000 + travel + accommodation
Working with a live musician has an additional cost and huge benefits
To book: contact us on 01905 312921 or via our Contact Form

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.

Mask Making and Performing

Our Mask Making and Performing Residency gives school, college or university students a thorough and rounded experience of full mask. Students and their teachers design, make, and paint their own masks and are introduced to full mask performance, learning about focus, character, movement, and stillness. Students are guided in how to devise work,  creating a series of theatre scenes that will become a short performance at the end of the week. A special feature of our residencies is the chance to work with a professional theatre musician, who provides a live musical accompaniment to the performance elements.

The residency will:
•    teach students how professional performance masks are made
•    develop practical skills in molding clay, turning the clay mold into the mask, painting, shading and finishing the mask
•    inform students’ understanding of character and how to reflect this on a mask
•    encourage calm and focussed attention to detail
•    give students a solid grounding in full mask performance and an understanding of it as a genre
•    develop students’ detailed knowledge of specific performance elements such as movement, gesture and pace, and how these practically help in creating character and communicating intention
•    give students practical devising skills, building  confidence in the devising process, and encourage them to think creatively and clearly
•    teach students important mask techniques such as internal monologue, clocking, punctuated movement and stillness
•    encourage students to consider, and be able to critique, the importance of the performer/audience relationship
•    encourage teamwork and group trust
•    teach the importance of music and sound in mask performance
•    encourage shy or under confident students to shine within the protection of a mask

Booking details

Suitability: KS3 upwards
Course size: maximum 20 participants
Duration: 2-5 days
Cost: 2 Days: £2000 + travel + accommodation
          3 Days: £2500 + travel + accommodation
          4 Days: £3000 + travel + accommodation
          5 Days: £3500 + travel + accommodation
Working with a live musician has an additional cost and huge benefits
To book: contact us on 01905 312921 or via our Contact Form

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.

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