Hi All

I hope this post finds you well? 

I wanted to let as many people know that Theatre Versus Oppression will be holding more workshops this Summer at its offices at Bute Town History and Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay with a focus on understanding and interpreting body language and managing conflict. The workshops are ideal for those wanting to learn techniques and knowledge on body language, managing conflict situations and performance techniques.

Over two weeks Theatre Versus Oppression will be running four workshops, suitable for those in the arts but also other industries who want to manage conflict and difficult situations as well as learning about body language as well.

Delivering the workshops will be author of the internationally acclaimed book Applied Theatre in Action: A Journey, JS Hartley, which is used on Applied Theatre courses at university level around the world. Dr Hartley is anApplied Theatre Practioner, speaker, councillor and writer, who recently created the hard hitting Welsh production of SOLD, which was based on real accounts of Human Trafficking.

As well as teaching and lecturing on both drama theory and practice, Dr Hartley specialises in Applied Theatre focusing on theories and methodology related to Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. She is the founder of Theatre Versus Oppression and now uses her work with the charity worldwide. 

JS Hartley will be delivering all four workshops all held at 
Theatre Versus Oppression
Bute Town History and Arts Centre
Bute Street
Cardiff Bay
CF10 5AG

Course Information:

Theatre of the Oppressed for actors & directors
Friday 4 - Sunday 6 July (3 day course)
10am to 5pm 
£200 (You will also create a devised piece for performance on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July for those interested in participating)

You will be taken through various Theatre of the Oppressed/Boal techniques for acting and devising.   Characterisation and staging methods are studied and applied practically throughout. The need to understand the subtext and the real life of character are emphasised through development outside of the confines of a play.  Participants will adapt invisible, image, and rainbow exercises for rehearsal techniques and will leave with an arsenal of techniques to apply both individually and as an ensemble in future productions. Over three days the participants will use the techniques to devise a piece and be shown how in just three days a full length production can be ready for performance.

N.B. For those interested in performing there will be the possibility to perform this piece as an ensemble to the public. Others may wish to stay on to see it staged as audience members.

Stage 1 of How to read body language

Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 July (2 day course)
10am to 5pm £160

Stage 2 of How to read body language
15 & Wednesday 16 July
10am - 5pm £160 
Stage 2 is further development and ideally you should have done Stage 1 before progressing to Stage 2. In Stage 2 we look at aspects such as body language for interview purposes/ for self- confidence etc)

How to read body language

Body Language - technically known as kinesics is a significant aspect of modern communications and relationships. Learn how to read body language signs and gestures - non-verbal communications - for work, social, and all kinds of relationships. Easy and fun, this course teaches the student how to read our non verbal body language. Learn to read the unconscious cues that we all send and receive.  Whether we believe it or not, we are saying so much more about ourselves than we realise. Body Language is therefore relevant to management and leadership, to acting and communicating and to all aspects of work and business where communications can be seen and physically observed among people. 

·         use body language to increase your personal impact

·         increase your presence and strengthen your command over your listeners

·         learn how to use body language to build rapport with others

·         learn how to read and interpret other people’s signals

·         learn how to apply body language to help control tension and conflict

·         your own body language reveals your feelings and meanings to others

·         other people's body language reveals their feelings and meanings to you.

And the last course...

Rainbow of Desire
Friday 11- Sunday 13 July (3 day course)
10am to 5pm

Rainbow of Desire, principally an Image Theatre technique, which deals with conflicting needs, desires and wants among individuals and explores power relations and collective solutions to concrete problems. This is a method and set of techniques that is especially useful for teachers and educators who work with disadvantaged populations, social workers, psychologists and mental health professionals, and community activists and organizers who are involved with marginalized constituencies and constituencies which have traditionally been the victims of bias and discrimination. Rainbow of Desire is intended to examine conflict within individuals and groups, and to seek ways to resolve those situations of conflict.

Fees and Discounts:

·         There is an individual fee for each course.

·         If you are a student or unemployed there if a 50% discount fee.

·         Book by 1 March and get £25 off!

·         Only pay 50% to book your place on the course and pay the rest nearer the time. 

·         If you book more than 2 courses this July we will give you a free place on another course! (Fee paying course members only)

For further information about the courses and Theatre Versus Oppression please visit www.theatreversusoppression.com. Spaces are limited and advanced booking is required. No previous training is required.

f you would like to make a booking or discuss the courses further please contacttheatreversusoppression@gmail.com /  (44) 077946 398006 / (44) 07751 743799

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