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RSVP; theatre, film, events, workshops.

We create art, nurture artists, and envelop & develop community.

Three styles of Workshop available

1. Performance workshop; Improvisation and theatre.

2. Connections; Make a film in 4 Days

3. Harmony; Song Creation Workshop.

Bookings-Email: [email protected]  

1.Improvisation and Theatre.

Weekend workshops, 3 days in the beautiful West Cork town of Kinsale,  

Lunch and Dinner in local gourmet restaurants,

Friday & Saturday B&B.

*Professional Video and Photographic documentation.

ALL for ONLY €500pp

 *20% deposit required two weeks in advance, when booking a weekend workshop

 *Group bookings taken for 10+ participants in a private weekend workshop, minimum of one month ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED Booking person free!

Book a workshop experience for your 9 friends and get yours for free! 


LINK:  Here's a taste of Kinsale, through the lens of the awesome Maurice Supple of Blue Shed Productions.


 Other destinations are Thessaloniki Greece, and Warsaw, Poland.

*Accommodation arranged to share, single rooms dependent on availability and advance booking.

Special offers: 10% student/unemployed concession (NB-not in conjunction with other offers)

All workshops, with the exception of Workshop D, are suitable for those with little, or no, experience of performance.  

Standard Weekend Agenda: 

FRI- B&B Check in, at your leisure, 12pm-5pm. Workshop Registration (10 mins) 4.30-6pm. Meet & Greet Dinner 6.30pm. Workshop intro 8.30pm-10.30pm. 

SAT-Breakfast 8.30am. Workshop begins 10am sharp. Lunch 1pm-2.15pm. Afternoon workshop 2.30pm-6pm. Dinner 6pm-7.15pm. Evening workshop, and presentation. 8-10pm. (Then time for the pub to end the day with a bit of craic agus ceoil.)

SUN-Breakfast 10.30am. Workshop begins 12pm sharp. Goodbye ceremony 3pm. 


Further details of standard weekend agenda


FRIDAY-

  • B&B Check in, at your leisure, between the hours of 12pm and 6pm. Have a wander around beautiful Kinsale for the day.
  •  Workshop Registration 4.30-6pm. This will take less than ten minutes.
  • Meet & Greet Dinner  6,30-8pm.
  • Workshop intro begins 8.30pm and finishes at 10.30pm.

SATURDAY-

  • Breakfast 8.30am at your B&B.
  • Workshop begins 10am sharp.
  • Lunch 1pm-2.15pm at local restaurant.
  • Afternoon workshop 2.30pm-6pm.
  • Dinner 6pm-7pm at local restaurant.
  • Evening workshop, and presentation. 7.30pm-10.30pm. You will present a goup performance to an invited audience, and recieve feedback.
  •  Time for the pub to end the day with a bit of craic agus ceoil. We will find the best music, you pay for your own drinks. We take NO responsibility for your hangover, and therefore will make no allowances for it in the final workshop, other than a slightly later start.

SUNDAY-

  • Breakfast 10.30am at your B&B. 
  • Workshop begins 12pm sharp.  This workshop primarily is about giving closure to the process, recapping on the skills learnt, documenting the feedback from participants. The final session is meditative in quality, and designed to allow reinforcement of the positive, and resolution of the negative, as aspects of the experience. Final thoughts are shared.
  • Lunch and Goodbye ceremony 3pm.  

This is an intensive but fun adult workshop, the experience level of participants is not a pre-requisite, as the workshop is designed to quickly create an even playing field for the inexperienced and the experienced actor. The methodologies used are amalgamated from theories of Stanislavsky, Boal, Adler, Grostowski, Brook, Artaud, and contemporary Physical Theatre practitioners with layers of improvisation and character building. If this sounds like a lot, don't worry, it has already been channeled into a clear and concise methodology by your facilitator, so while you may recognise the theories in the practise, you are not required to pass a test.

The facilitator Yvonne Coughlan holds an MA in theatre and drama from University College Cork, as well as ten years professional experience in theatre and short film, and regular participation in performance workshops. She will teach with an open heart, a challenging mind and a great deal of patience and understanding, and will also introduce guest professionals in the arts to the workshop, for short instruction modules in Physical Theatre practises.

The workshop is aimed at beginners, though we feel it will be of benefit to actors of all experience levels. The experience will be well documented in terms of photographic and video evidence, as well as a written report for those who wish to advance their performance career, but will also be of great value as a once off alternative holiday experience. 

A short performance is devised, as part of the programme.


You don't need to worry about what you know or don't know, this is not a discussion group, it is an active creative workshop, where your input is respected and appreciated. Do it! This will be an experience worth having. Expect a great deal of movement, a minimum of sitting about, a maximum of creative inspiration, some gourmet food, lovely people, and a whole lot of fun. Whether you are experimenting, or advancing your performance career, this is the workshop for you. With a sensational amount of work and play packed into one day, you will have quality memories, as well as professionally created photographs and video to relive the experience forever.


Workshop D: Advanced Workshop

Aimed at those with previous performance experience, and therefore a short CV of experience, and a letter describing your motivations for participating in this workshop is requested with application. 


Application process: 

Email us with your request for application form : [email protected] 

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2. Connections-Make a film in 4 days

Here's a fun pre-production blooper reel, from one of our Greek project locations; Fix in Art.

This collaborative process moves from-concept to screening of a short film-in ONLY four days. You can be part of this project. Let's change the world together, by being creative together! 

This project is about more than making a film; it is about community, inspiration, creativity and achieving artistic excellence together. Join this visionary team now!
We invite the general public to become involved with the art of creating a short film, and we make a short film from concept to screening. The core crew, cast and equipment are sourced in advance of the beginning date, from a pool of willing film-makers associated with the local festival/ community/ arts center and its patrons.

Provision is made for a large number of participants, within the workshop style of practise. We begin with open hearts and minds, and a core crew to make the film, then we work together towards a finished edit for public viewing, on day four, at a time to suit the festival programme/ community event/ organisers. 

Each project remains open to new participants throughout, and each day is goal oriented, with the methodologies clearly mapped out for the group; tasks are assigned according to ability, interest, or previous arrangement.

The project can actively cultivate as culturally diverse a group as possible. It is intended to unite film makers, promote film making, advance creative thinking, and encourage further engagement with the arts for all, while connecting with, and uniting, the wider community. We harness the power of creativity to generate teamwork, encourage innovative ideas and open awareness of self and our environment, and we promote the continuation of this practise by connecting the participants.This project directly involves the creation of work developed through a collaborative process; and the presentation of that work. 

The ambition of the project is balanced with the proven track record of the company. The quality of the engagement between film-makers and participants is considered in the pre-production planning, the film-making, and the subsequent evaluation of work; audience feedback as well as participant discussion is programmed. The intensely creative process provides skills and promotes long-term artistic responses.

Lifetime Lab in Cork. 

This collaborative process moves from-concept to screening of a short film-in ONLY four days. You can be part of this project. Let?s change the world together, by being creative together! 

This project is about more than making a film; it is about community, inspiration, creativity and achieving artistic excellence together. Join this visionary team now!.

We invite the general public to become involved with the art of creating a short film, and we make a short film from concept to screening. The core crew, cast and equipment are sourced in advance of the beginning date, from a pool of willing film-makers associated with the local festival/ community/ arts center and its patrons.

Provision is made for a large number of participants, within the workshop style of practise. We begin with open hearts and minds, a core crew to make the film, and work towards a finished edit for public viewing, on day four, at a time to suit the festival programme/community event/ organisers. 

Each project remains open to new participants throughout, and each day is goal oriented, with the methodologies clearly mapped out for the group; tasks are assigned according to ability, interest, or previous arrangement.

The project will actively cultivate as culturally diverse a group as possible. The project is intended to unite film makers, promote film making, advance creative thinking, and encourage further engagement with the arts, all the while connecting with, and uniting, the wider community. We harness the power of creativity to generate teamwork, encourage innovative ideas and open awareness of self and our environment, and we promote the continuation of this practise by connecting the participants.This project directly involves the creation of work developed through a collaborative process; and the presentation of that work. 

Within a functional, flexible and inspiring team, individual skills are respected and supported so that all are motivated to move to ever increasing levels of excellence. A constantly evolving environment of increasing productivity within a secure framework of proven procedures meets the artistic challenges involved. 

The ambition of the project is balanced with the proven track record of the company. The quality of the engagement between film-makers and participants is considered in the pre-production planning, the film-making, and the subsequent evaluation of work; audience feedback as well as participant discussion is programmed. The intensely creative process provides skills and promotes long-term artistic responses.

This project is about more than making a film; it is about community, inspiration, creativity and achieving artistic excellence together. Join this visionary team now!.

We invite the general public to become involved with the art of creating a short film, and we make a short film from concept to screening. The core crew, cast and equipment are sourced in advance of the beginning date, from a pool of willing film-makers associated with the local festival/ community/ arts center and its patrons.

Provision is made for a large number of participants, within the workshop style of practise. We begin with open hearts and minds, a core crew to make the film, and work towards a finished edit for public viewing, on day four, at a time to suit the festival programme/community event/ organisers. 

Each project remains open to new participants throughout, and each day is goal oriented, with the methodologies clearly mapped out for the group; tasks are assigned according to ability, interest, or previous arrangement.

The project will actively cultivate as culturally diverse a group as possible. The project is intended to unite film makers, promote film making, advance creative thinking, and encourage further engagement with the arts, all the while connecting with, and uniting, the wider community. We harness the power of creativity to generate teamwork, encourage innovative ideas and open awareness of self and our environment, and we promote the continuation of this practise by connecting the participants.This project directly involves the creation of work developed through a collaborative process; and the presentation of that work. 

Within a functional, flexible and inspiring team, individual skills are respected and supported so that all are motivated to move to ever increasing levels of excellence. A constantly evolving environment of increasing productivity within a secure framework of proven procedures meets the artistic challenges involved. 

The ambition of the project is balanced with the proven track record of the company. The quality of the engagement between film-makers and participants is considered in the pre-production planning, the film-making, and the subsequent evaluation of work; audience feedback as well as participant discussion is programmed. The intensely creative process provides skills and promotes long-term artistic responses.

This project is about more than making a film; it is about community, inspiration, creativity and achieving artistic excellence together. Join this visionary team now!.

We invite the general public to become involved with the art of creating a short film, and we make a short film from concept to screening. The core crew, cast and equipment are sourced in advance of the beginning date, from a pool of willing film-makers associated with the local festival/ community/ arts center and its patrons.

Provision is made for a large number of participants, within the workshop style of practise. We begin with open hearts and minds, a core crew to make the film, and work towards a finished edit for public viewing, on day four, at a time to suit the festival programme/community event/ organisers. 

Each project remains open to new participants throughout, and each day is goal oriented, with the methodologies clearly mapped out for the group; tasks are assigned according to ability, interest, or previous arrangement.

The project will actively cultivate as culturally diverse a group as possible. The project is intended to unite film makers, promote film making, advance creative thinking, and encourage further engagement with the arts, all the while connecting with, and uniting, the wider community. We harness the power of creativity to generate teamwork, encourage innovative ideas and open awareness of self and our environment, and we promote the continuation of this practise by connecting the participants.This project directly involves the creation of work developed through a collaborative process; and the presentation of that work. 

Within a functional, flexible and inspiring team, individual skills are respected and supported so that all are motivated to move to ever increasing levels of excellence. A constantly evolving environment of increasing productivity within a secure framework of proven procedures meets the artistic challenges involved. 

The ambition of the project is balanced with the proven track record of the company. The quality of the engagement between film-makers and participants is considered in the pre-production planning, the film-making, and the subsequent evaluation of work; audience feedback as well as participant discussion is programmed. The intensely creative process provides skills and promotes long-term artistic responses.

Email Yvonne for more information on how your group, or you as an individual, can avail of this great workshop: [email protected]  


Create your own team, you do not need any experience only a willingness to create a new experience.

See the dedicated Connections  page also, or take this link to the Facebook page.

3. HARMONY-song creation workshop (2 hours)

HARMONY 12th July, Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Cork. 7.30-10.30pm.
Song creation installation lead by Caz Jeffreys.
Audio recorded by Lionheart Production's Rik Appleby. 
Filmed and edited by Moira O'Brien. Friendly Ghost Productions.
Producer Yvonne Coughlan.
Create a song with your group, record it professionally, and video the creation. That's Harmony.
  • Workshop €600 in Cork area for up to 25 participants. (Travel expenses additional outside of County Cork.)
Amazing what can be done in 2 hours with a group of newly introduced participants. 
The event is then captured as a music video, documentary style.
We are excited for you to book this installation for your community/ festival/ or special event.

PARTICIPANT NOTES for Physical theatre workshops

Clothes: Wear comfortable clothing that will not restrict your movement.

Required: 1. Pen.  2. Notepaper. 3. An item that means something to you personally, this can be anything, from your favourite poem, to a book, a painting, a newspaper article, a photo, and it can be as simple as a sock, so long as you have a good reason for bringing it. 4. A blanket.

Restrictions: No mobile phones, food or drink (except water) during workshop.

Advance notifications: Any physical inabilities or injuries should be made known on application for workshop, any food allergies or preferences should also be noted.

Actors may also wish to email [email protected] with CV and headshot for future reference, or where the workshop is billed specifically as a professional actor’s workshop.

Yvonne Coughlan

Bio 2020:  Yvonne Coughlan, MA Theatre and Drama studies, UCC, founded her company RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) in 2006, and has co-created and directed arts participatory projects in short film and theatre, site specific theatre projects; inter-disciplinary performances, festival installations, and community arts events. She has produced live performances, radio podcasts, and art films, in Ireland with international creatives, as well as, on location in England, Scotland, Greece, Poland, Norway and Australia. Prominent Cork heritage locations have also provided memorable settings for her work, such as Blackrock Castle, Fota House and Gardens, The Old Cork Waterworks, and Cork City Gaol, where the first RSVP production of Yvonne’s writing The Haunted History Tours, began in 2007. Though her heart lies with the artistic direction of the performer on screen or stage, or in workshop training, she is also a film producer and casting director, with award winners such as, short film 3 Friends, an adaptation of the work of Colm Tobín, and art film The Other Woman Zizi's dream, among her music video, experimental film, and documentary film projects. She is the producer of annual Cork events; the Cork Martial Arts Promotions awards ceremony, and McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition. Further positions held are production manager at promotional film  company VisitorFlix International, and Creative Producer with InFlightflix International, the Inflight destination video guide. She also volunteers as Cork South West co-ordinator with the National Campaign for the Arts, and as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Firkin Crane dance theatre.

Yvonne holds an MA Theatre and Drama, UCC; her practical Master's Thesis involved the production of Information for Foreigners by Griselda Gambaro, 2003, a theatre piece, which involved 40 actors and 20 crew, using 13 stages/sets, to depict the scenes of this politically charged performance, to 4 audience groups on the same evening. Each audience began and ended at the same time, as instructed by the playwright. Yvonne explored and developed the theories of Artaud's 'Theatre of Cruelty' in her work, both practically and academically in this thesis. The practical work also involved training inexperienced performers, alongside amateur and professional actors, using workshop techniques she developed from study of practitioners such as Stanislavsky, Meyorhold, Brecht, Checkov, Brook, and Grotowski. Developing on this work throughout her professional life, she has become a skilled workshop facilitator and director, this coupled with her co-ordinating skills makes for a highly motivated workshop group, and a worthwhile endeavour in performance. 

 (See recommendations of previous work.)

 


CURRICULUM VITAE
Updated: Sept. 2014.                                     
D.O.B: 22/4/70.      Age: 43.   
Nationality: Irish.  Marital status: Single.   
Children: Son (26yrs) Grandson (3yr)
Address: 6 Meadowlands, Featherbed Lane, Kinsale, Co. Cork.       
Mob: 00-353-(0) 851798695.                       
Email Address: [email protected]
WEB: www.rsvpireland.webs.com Blog: www.rsvp.blog.com
Linked in: rsvpyvonne Facebook: rsvpireland Twitter: rsvpireland
Occupation: OWNER RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions).     
Education: 

●Masters. Drama and Theatre. University College Cork. Dec. 2007.
●Enterprise Skills. Training for Starting a Business. Impact Training. Douglas, Co. Cork. Ireland. 2006.   ●BA- English (major), Computer Science (minor). 2.1. Hons. University College Cork, Ireland. 2003.
●Certificate. Merit. Higher Education in Humanities, Science and Society. The University of Greenwich, London, England. 1994. ●First Diploma. Merit. Building Construction. Newham Community College, London, England. June 1991. ●Leaving Certificate. 4 Hons. Self-Schooled. Ireland. 1989.


Professional/Personal Development:
Participant. Physical Theatre & Creative Expansion. Martin A. David. Circus Factory, Albert Quay, Cork. 22June, 2013.
Participant. The Art of Comedy. Simon Edwards of The Actor’s Space, Barcelona. The Workshop at Sample Studios, Cork City. Fri 23rd-Sun 25th November, 2012.
Writer/Facilitator. New Scripts in Performance Workshop. Residency in Corcadorca Theatre Development Center, Cork. 7-11 May, 2012.
Yvonne examined her own writing with a team of actors.
Director/Producer. Narrative without Dialogue. Theatre without words; work in progress. Residency in Corcadorca Theatre Development Center, Cork. 23-27 April, 2012.
A thirty minute narrative was developed and performed, for audience feedback. Participant. JOLT/Theatre Club Workshop. Grace Dyas & Barry O’Conner. Experimental theatre; used to develop Narrative without Dialogue. Studio Theatre, The Town Hall, Galway. 14th April 2012.
Participant. Writers Workshop. Facilitated by Jennifer Williams. Corcadorca Theatre Development Center. Triskel Arts center, Cork. 13-17 Feb 2012.
Member. Moving Image Cork. Film-makers club. April 2010.

 Participant. Screen Dance Workshop. Facilitated by Peter Anderson. Forward Motion. Kinsale Arts Festival. July 2010. Participant. 3 month course; yoga/meditation. Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School. Haa Course Center, Southern Sweden. Jan 20-April 17, 2010.

Participant. Physical Theatre Workshop. Directed by Sergei Ostrienko, I.U.G.T.E. Malpils, Latvia. March 2008. Participant. Performance Art Workshop. Facilitated by Marilyn Arsem. Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland. Jan 2008.
Facilitator. Drama Club for 4-16 year olds. Mahon Community Center. Co. Cork, Ireland. Oct-Dec 2007.

Creation of first production, as writer/director/producer of The Haunted History Tours at Cork City Gaol.  Feb-May, 2007. Foundation of RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions.) November, 2006. Participant. Goat Island Intensive. Performance Workshop. Triskel Arts Center. 2005.
Facilitator. Lights Up. Series of workshops designed to examine new writing. Fourteen actors perform and comment. Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland. Aug 2004.
Facilitator. Improvisation and how it works. Workshop devised by Yvonne and provided for Dramat Society. University College Cork, Ireland. Feb 2004.
Participant. Voice Workshop. Kevin Crawford. (During MA studies in Theatre and Drama.)
Board of Drama and Theatre Studies, UCC, Cork. Sept 2003. 

Present:











Recent History:
Producer. Flowers in her hair. Music video, Derek Ryan. In association with Blue Shed Productions. Dir. Maurice Supple. July 2014.
Producer. Kinsale Street Food Fest. Sat 12 April 2014, 1-4pm.
Producer. Cork Martial Arts Promotions-Awards 2013. The Gresham Metropole Hotel. 1 Feb, 2014. 
Director/Producer. Irish HeARTS; The Gathering-RSVP. An experimental collaboration of artists in performance, visual arts and film, worldwide, towards the production of a live promenade performance, involving physical theatre, film, music and dance, in Ireland. Inaugural production August Bank Holiday, 2013, as part of Kinsale Regatta. The Bacchus Nightclub, The Green Room, The Blue Cafe, The Glen Studios.
Performer/ Producer. We all mourn. Dance and theatre outdoor performance installation. Part of Irish HeARTS; The Gathering-RSVP. Choreographer Martin. A David. Video Documentary. Director Maurice Supple. Aug. 2013. Screened at The Green Room, The Glen Studios. RSVP.  Aug Bank Holiday. 2013.

Summary:
Yvonne is the owner of performance arts company RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions); Director, producer and writer of theatre and short film; Facilitator of performance workshops; Events manager, stage manager, administrator, PRO; Performer, MC, As a creator of theatre, film, workshops and events, she is a great believer in the power of collaboration, and she promotes the benefits of arts participation for all. 



Full CV of productions 2003-present and brief CV of performance by yvonne also available



PROGRESSION OF THE WORK by Yvonne Coughlan   (Physical theatre)

Facilitator:

►“Improvisation and how it works” Theatre Workshop. Dramat Society. University College Cork, Ireland. April 2004.

► “Lights Up” Series of workshops designed to examine new writing, without full production. Fourteen actors performed and commented on the writing. Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland. August 2004.

Yvonne advanced her work as a participant:      
  • Goat Island Intensive. Performance Workshop. Triskel Arts Center. 2005.
  • Performance Art Workshop.Facilitated by Marilyn Arsem. Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland. Jan 2008.
  • Physical Theatre Workshop. Directed by Sergei Ostrienko, I.U.G.T.E. Malpils, Latvia. March 2008. Image result for Physical Theatre Workshop. Directed by Sergei Ostrenko

Facilitator:

►“Improvisation in Drama” Theatre Workshop. Commissioned by Irish Green Gathering. Festival. Wexford, Ireland. 12 August, 2008.

►“Performance Workshop” Permaculture themes examined. Commissioned by Earth Spirit (Body and Soul), Electric picnic. Festival. Stradbally, Ireland. Fri, Sat, Sun, 4pm-6.15pm. September 2009. The theme is examined and workshopped by the participants culminating with a 15min public performance. 

 


Yvonne advanced her work as a participant:                                                                                                                                                                                   *3 month course; yoga/meditation. Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation                                   School. Haa Course Center, Southern Sweden. Jan 20-April 17, 2010.Image result for yoga and meditation center haa

Facilitator:

►”Actor’s Workshops”; three days, 10am-5pm. Commissioned by producer of feature film, ‘The Vein Within’ director Philip A. McCarthy. Hawthorne Productions. ‘We Made This,’ Community Rooms. Douglas St. Cork. June 2010. (See letter from professional actor on recommendatons page.) 

Pic. Jessie Mae Winchester

►Aaargh. Say it like you really want to, performed by Noelle O Regan. 30 minute one-woman performance piece. Created with performer in a workshop style environment. Physical Theatre. The Roundy. Trash Culture Revue. Premier June 2010. Repeat performances 17-20 August 2010.


 Facilitator:

►”Performance workshop”. Adult. Engage, Bandon Arts Festival. 2-4pm 25 Sept. 2010.

 Yvonne advanced her work as a participant: 

*JOLT/Theatre Club Workshop. Grace Dyas & Barry O’Conner. Experimental theatre; used to develop Narrative without Dialogue. Studio Theatre, The Town Hall, Galway. 14th April 2012

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Facilitator:

►Narrative without Dialogue. Theatre without words; work in progress. With music provided by Eat my Noise for project development. Residency in Corcadorca Theatre Development Center, Cork. 23-27 April, 2012. 30 minute narrative developed and performed, for audience feedback. Film documentation available.

►Improve your improv. Kinsale Arts Festival. Saturday 14th JULY 2012. 2pm-4.30pm. Venue: Temperance Hall.

►Sir John Benson. A youth theatre project in association with Lifetime Lab. Commemorating the 200 year anniversary of Benson’s birth. May-Sept. 2012. Performance for Culture Night 21 Sept. 2012. 

Yvonne advanced her work as a participant: 

 *The Art of Comedy. Simon Edwards of The Actor’s Space, Barcelona. The Workshop @Sample  Studios, Cork City. Fri 23rd-Sun 25th November, 2012.Image result for Simon Edwards of The Actors Space

*PHYSICAL THEATRE AND CREATIVITY EXPANSION WORKSHOP with Martin A. David 22/6/13 Circus Factory, Albert Quay, Cork City. 

 Yvonne advanced her work as a performer/ producer:

  • 'We all mourn' part of The gathering-RSVP. Contemporary dance installation with choreographer Martin A. David. Created in workshop style environment. 23 July 2013.Film presentation 3rd and 4th August at Kinsale Regatta 2013.  Click link for video
  • We all mourn-dance installation workshop. Pic John Allen. Choreographer Martin A. David.  Image result for We all mourn-dance installation

GENERAL FORMAT

DESCRIPTION OF RSVP-PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP in Physical theatre 

 Participants are guided through warm up, character building and layers of improvisation towards a public performance. Experience is not essential and the workshop methods create an even playing field for actors and beginners to work together. In fact we have found that beginners bring a fresh perspective to the seasoned actor. Feedback and cool down session ends the process. 

 ●The performance workshop is open to adult participants (16+). No previous experience necessary. (Has been successfully adapted for younger participants)

●Beginning time is NOT arrival time; early is on time, on time is late, late is unacceptable and entry will be denied.

●During a two hour workshop, participants will explore methods of improvisation in drama, and create a dramatic piece for public viewing. (5-10 mins)

●During a full day or 2 day workshop the piece for viewing will be extended (15-30 minutes).

●The audience are the final part of the process; facilitator explains methods and invites feedback.

●Local performers, artists and academics are also invited to attend, as the audience feedback is a vital part of the process.

●The performance appears as a free slot in the festival or local programme of events:

“Red Sandstone Varied Productions presents a short improvisation. Free Entry.”

●The workshop is adaptable in terms of duration; 2hr, half day, full day, weekend, week.

●Every workshop performance is unique, as it is created by the abilities and creativity of the group.

●Documentation is encouraged of the individual participants, and photographic documentation is taken by RSVP, all participants are required to sign waiver to the effect that this photographic documentation may be used for future promotional material.

●Video documentation of the workshop may also be taken, and will be edited to a 5 minute utube, all participants are required to sign waiver for this video. 

●A brief report will be written by the facilitator and emailed to participants after the workshop, participants are invited to write same and send to RSVP for documentation purposes, but this is not a requirement of participation.

Sample Format for 2 hour workshop. 

2.00pm Introductions and opening presentation.

2.10pm Warm Up.

2.20pm Improvisation of character.

2.35pm Theme for the day discussion.

2.45pm One minute pieces devised and performed.

3.05pm Final performance devised and performed

3.30pm RSVP Presents. 

3.45pm Closing session.

4.00pm The workshop is complete.  

Sample Format for full day workshop. 

11.00am Introductions and opening presentation.

11.20am Warm Up.

12.00pm Improvisation of character.

12.35pm Theme for the day discussion.

12.45pm One minute pieces devised and performed.

1.30pm LUNCH (a performance research task is also given)

2.30pm Warm up/ lunch task performed.

3pm Five minute group pieces devised and performed.

3.45pm Freeze frames are designed (and photographed for documentation).

4.15pm Performance designed, using all previous work.

5.15pm Documentation written by participants.

5.30 pm Dinner (after dinner warm up and performance group rehearsals TBD)

7pm Dress Rehearsal.

7.30pm Performance for audience.

8pm Audience response.

8.30pm Cool down session.

Image result for Actor Workshop yvonne coughlan

 

FUNCTIONS OF THE WORKSHOP

The functions of these workshops are:

1. To introduce the participants and allow them to form a bond. As with Chaikin’s Open theatre, to evolve “a common effort so intense that at the end of [the project] I have been unable to say which part was my work and which part belonged to someone else.”

2. To provide an enjoyable learning experience, for all concerned; feedback is invited and encouraged throughout the process.

3. To enhance performance abilities, by acting as a stimulus for new ideas, and by offering new perspectives.

4. To create a UNIQUE, MEANINGFUL, and HONEST performance piece.

●BRIEF Explanation of methods.

    Part 1. A warm up of the body, the voice, and the imagination opens each session. Each group, or individual, depending on number of people present, are then given one minute to work out an improvised performance, given some simple criteria. (Chekhov). We examine the capacity for improvisation within a given character (Stanislavsky). Fluidity of expression in performance is encouraged, by reducing thinking time, and increasing confidence. We then attempt to create a connection between the characters within possible scenes, between the actors within the ensemble, and, between the character and the actor who plays that character. All the time promoting co-operation and teamwork.

    Part 2. An improvisation technique adapted to this process can be identified in Stanislavsky’s active analysis. This inspires a “process of discovery [...] through careful analysis and experiment.”(Stanislavsky). For the purpose of these workshops, where there is no script, a theme is decided by the group, and then characters, and relationships between those characters, are devised accordingly. This is the construct that allows a performance to be developed.

Part 3. Further exploration is made, by asking the actor to take part in an improvised performance, based on their newly developed character and any emotional connections they can make with other characters. The situation or scene is changed where the facilitator sees fit. The facilitator may give instruction to freeze the action, at various intervals, and use this time to make further suggestions. The actors might be asked to look at that scene from an audience perspective, to swap roles, or to become new characters witnessing the scene. In general the actors are given as much space and freedom, to express themselves, as possible, then gradually the parameters are reduced by the facilitator, to guide them towards how the work can be expressed in performance.

   Part 4. The facilitator works towards finding the emotion in the actors experience of an improvisation, and to create an access pattern that avoids the tendency to relive a personal experience in order to convince others of its reality. “[C]reative imagination rather than conscious past” (Adler). This allows a creative exploration of the characters, and the scenes, by loosely building the improvisation on the emotions, and the connections, within the scenes. We also develop freeze frames (Boal) to describe the action, and encourage all participants to be involved, even those who might be making their first public performance. All participants are involved in scene discussion and feedback. 

    Part 5. The newly formed company of actors present their work to the public. This is introduced by the facilitator to its audience, and the process by which it has come to being is also briefly translated to the audience. The audience are welcomed as the final part of the process and feedback is invited immediately after.

   Part 6. A closing session, cool-down or de-rolement, is facilitated after performance has been completed. This is meditative in quality, and designed to allow reinforcement of the positive, and resolution of negative, as aspects of the experience. Final thoughts are shared.

 

 


Workshops available at RSVP

Professional actors.

Community workshops- All ages; adult and children

Schools/Community Groups/Festivals

-specifically tailored for schools as an innovative interactive teaching tool.

-2 hour improv performance, half day, full day for groups and festivals. Themed to your requirements.

Corporate

-team building and customer relations half days, full days, 2 hour rapid action pack, or weekends tailored for your company's requirements. 

Additional packages for festivals, community groups, and private functions.

  Workshop packages designed to suit your requirements

-drama, voice, improvisation, performance, team building, social skills, communication skills, people management skills.

GENERAL PRICING STRUCTURES

Schools- per facilitator (interactive teaching); 40 minute @100; 80minute @120; Half day (3hr) @160.

Corporate-Team building and customer relations per facilitator at  your company venue;                                                                

2hour rapid action pack @120.            Half day @160.              Full day @300.                   

We can also offer weekends tailored for your company's requirements.

Arrangements will be made for food and accommodation, as well as relevant excursions.


NB. Travel and accommodation costs for facilitators are added for locations outside of County Cork.

RSVP group workshops suggested Per Person:

         @30 for 2 ½ hour workshop

         @50 half day workshop (4hrs)

@90 full day inc. lunch/dinner

         @150 2 day Workshop  inc. Friday evening meet and greet tea-party; Saturday Lunch;

         @200 Weekend Workshop  inc. Friday meet and greet tea-party; Saturday Lunch & Dinner; Sunday Lunch;  

@350 for 5 days, Mon-Fri inc. lunch/dinner daily & Friday evening Cocktails & Canapes

We also offer workshops where arrangements are made for accommodation, excursions,   professional photographic documentation, professional video documentation, additional facilitators.

   Prices vary accordingly.

*Payment (or 10% non-refundable deposit)  for all workshops, 10 days in advance.