Jack Holden, star of the National Theatre's international hit show
War Horse, RSC actor and Off West End Award
nominee for Johnny
Got His Gun presents two educational theatre workshops exploring dramatic representations of the Great War

Page to stage:
The First World War.

Concept to creation: The First World War.

"Unforgettable" The Independent

Johnny Got His Gun, Southwark Playhouse

A two hour workshop exploring poetry and drama inspired by the Great War, using prose and dramatic text in performance.

  • Group warm-up

  • Theatre games

  • Exploration and dramatic reading of the War Poets

  • Scene work on war-themed drama (including War Horse)

  • Q&A

Skills

  • Teamwork and collaboration

  • Physical storytelling

  • Public Speaking

  • Improvisation

  • Confidence building

Outcomes - at the end of this workshop students should be able to:

  • Cite examples of the process of taking the intentions of the writer from page to stage

  • Create characters

  • Develop the practical skills to perform with clarity, fluency, pace and projection.

 

A two hour workshop using physical story telling and bunraku puppetry (the form used in War Horse) to explore the imagery and literature of the Great War.

  • Group warm-up

  • Theatre games

  • Making bunraku puppets

  • Exploration of war poetry and imagery

  • Creating stories inspiredby imagery and text

  • Using bunraku to tell stories

  • Q&A

Skills

  • Teamwork, devising and collaboration

  • Physical storytelling

  • Public Speaking

  • Improvisation

  • Confidence building

Outcomes - at the end of this workshop students should be able to:

  • Generate, explore and develop ideas for performance

  • Create characters

  • Develop the practical skills to perform with control, physical flexibility and spatial awareness

 

This is a highly physical workshop. Participants are advised to wear loose fitting clothing.

   Workshop One   

   Workshop Two   

 

Jack is a graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. As well his performing expertise, Jack calls upon experience of working with schools, drama clubs and universities across the country. These workshops have been created from years of experience and a passion for teaching.

Jack has recently finished his second season with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appears in the film 'Journey's End', released in 2018. His production company, Watersmeet has completed its first independent film 'Blood out of a Stone'.

Link to Royal Shakespeare Co website
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