Environmental Theatre Workshops

Theatre & Landscape 2015: North Devon

Parnacott House

An Exploration of Environmental Theatre led by Bella Stewart

Dates: Friday August 28 – Friday September 4

Venue: Parnacott House, Holsworthy, North Devon

Cost: £500 per person

(Includes: accommodation, food and drink, tuition, travel throughout the week and art materials. It doesn’t include getting there back down again, but it is often possible to share transport).

Call 01223 211451 to book your place

Environmental Theatre

Theatre and Landscape combines intensive and enjoyable artistic activity with good company, good food and attractive and peaceful surroundings.

You don’t need any special skills, you don’t need to have done any theatre before; you just need a willingness to enter enthusiastically into creative and collaborative work. Creative and fun, Theatre and Landscape will leave you invigorated, refreshed, inspired and wanting more.

We visit woods, moors, ancient monuments, islands, beaches, castles, and… sometimes we create performances in those environments themselves (although never for an outside audience – the only spectators are the other participants). At other times our visits provide a stimulus for creating theatre back at our base.

The work will not be confined to ‘acting’ in any restricted sense. There will also be opportunities for writing, painting, group-devising, movement, voice work, and installation-making. Rather than teaching any particular discipline or technique, we want to bring out the artist in people and provide structures and stimuli to allow people’s artistic powers and interests to develop. Previous performing (or any other kind of) experience is not necessary, but a willingness to plunge wholeheartedly into collaborative work is of course essential. We think the course will appeal to artists of any level of experience and in any medium (dancers, writers, musicians, painters, actors,singers) and to people in any walk of life, who enjoy doing, or would like to do, collaborative and creative work, whether they think of themselves as artists or not!

The work will be varied – ranging from warm-ups, exercises and excursions with the whole group (8 – 10 people), to work in small groups, pairs and solos.

The accommodation consists of shared rooms (mostly twins) allocated on a single-sex basis. We can accommodate some couples. All the accommodation is of a good standard and very comfortable.

The food is all prepared on site and is of a very high standard. It is predominantly vegetarian, though not vegan, but there are some options for omnivores!

Holsworthy

Holsworthy is a market town in North Devon, very convenient for both the North Devon and North Cornwall Atlantic Coasts. There are many interesting and exciting places to go, most of them along the truly magnificent coastline. We will be visiting and working at Tintagel, with its famous and absolutely spectacular ruined castle. It has strong associations with Arthurian legend. Also, Sandymouth and its long and beautiful beach. Going further north – near Barnstaple – there is the remarkable nature reserve of Braunton Burrows, the biggest area of sand-dunes in Britain – a unique environment and a fascinating, unearthly landscape.

Parnacott House itself is a big attraction. A comfortable, characterful Georgian house, (some of it earlier) set in big grounds, approached by ¼ mile of private drive.

About Theatre & Landscape

Environmental theatre workshops with in situ:Theatre & Landscape is devoted to the exploration of environmental or site-specific theatre. We visit woods, moors, ancient monuments, islands, beaches, castles, , sometimes creating performances in those environments (although never for an outside audience – the only spectators are the other participants). At other times our visits provide a stimulus for creating theatre back at our base.

As well as acting, there are opportunities for writing, painting, group-devising, movement, voice work, and installation-making. Rather than teaching a particular discipline or technique, we aim to bring out the artist in people and provide structures and stimuli to allow people’s artistic powers and interests to develop. Previous experience is not necessary, but a willingness to plunge whole-heartedly into collaborative work is essential.

Theatre & Landscape attracts artists of all levels of experience and in any medium (dancers, writers, musicians, painters, actors, singers) and people in any walk of life, who enjoy collaborative and creative work, whether they think of themselves as artists or not.

The work is varied – ranging from warm-ups, exercises and excursions with the whole group (8-10 people), to work in small groups, pairs and solos.

To book your place, call us on 01223 211451.