Workshops 2011

Workshops for directors, actors and writers
with Ramin Gray and Simon Stephens
21st – 25th November 2011

– OPEN FOR NORWEGIAN AND INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS –

Imploding Fictions and OIT are bringing two of Britains most respected theatre makers to Norway for a week of workshops in November!

Workshop for directors and actors with Ramin Gray – 21st to 24th November
Four teams of actors and a director will work on scenes from Motortown by Simon Stephens, with personal guidance from internationally acclaimed director Ramin Gray (Royal Court, Salzburg Festspiele, Staatsoper Hamburg), culminating in a work sharing at the House of Drama (Dramatikkens hus) in Oslo.

Workshop for playwrights with Simon Stephens – 23rd to 25th November
Acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens (Motortown at Royal Court, Pornography at Schauspielhaus Hanover, Harper Regan at National Theatre London) comes to Oslo to run a three-day practical writing workshop focusing on the potential of contemporary drama.

Both workshops will be in english, and are open to both Norwegian and international participants. See below for more detailed information.

Directors and writers who wish to participate can send an application email to oslointernasjonaleteater (a) gmail.com.

Actors should apply via http://www.skuespillersenter.no, where applications will open 20th June.

The fee includes the workshop, Methuens published edition of Motortown, lunch every day and a special post show dinner on the 24th. Participants from outside Oslo need to arrange their own travel and accomodation. Travel bursaries are available. Send an email to oslointernasjonaleteater (a) gmail.com for more information.

Click here for a schedule of the workshop week (exact times and content to be confirmed): Schedule Motortown workshop PDF

Workshop for directors and actors with Ramin Gray – 21st to 24th November

Where: Dramatikkens hus, Tøyenbekken 34 & Norsk Skuespillersenter, Welhavensgate 1, Oslo
When: Monday 21st November – Thursday 24th November
Price actors: See http://www.skuespillersenter.no
Price directors: 1200,- NOK / 800,- NOK (approx. 100 Euro) for international participants (bursaries available)

Four teams of actors and a director will work on scenes from Motortown by Simon Stephens, with personal guidance from internationally acclaimed director Ramin Gray, culminating in a work sharing at the House of Drama (Dramatikkens hus) in Oslo. During the workshop Ramin Gray will also find time to demonstrate his techniques and methods by working with the actors whilst the directors watch. The workshop will take place in English (although English will not be the first language for the majority of participants).

Motortown
«Danny returns from Basra to a foreign England and a different kind of battle. He visits an old flame, buys a gun and goes on a blistering road trip through the new home front. Written during the London bombings of 2005, Motortown is a fierce, violent and controversial response to the anti-war movement – and to the war itself. Chaotic and complex, powerful and provocative, Simon Stephen’s play portrays a volatile and morally insecure world.» – Royal Court Theatre

Ramin Gray
Ramin Gray is a leading British theatre and opera director with an impressive track record. Gray has directed productions in Salzburg, Paris, Moscow and Hamburg as well as France, India and Uganda. In Britain he has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, been associate director at the Royal Court Theatre and is currently artistic director of ATC. He directed the world premiere of Motortown at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

How to apply as an actor
If you want to participate as an actor you should apply via http://www.skuespillersenter.no (The Norwegian Actors Centre). We apologise that the website is only available in Norwegian. If you are struggling, please do not hesitate to send us an email and we will help you as best we can.

Go to http://www.skuespillersenter.no. Fill out the application form under Påmelding, and put a tick in the box next to Workshop for actors and directors with Ramin Gray. The price is given in Norwegian Kroner.

The application form translated:
Påmeldingsinformasjon = Application information
Fornavn = First name
Etternavn = Surname
Epost = Email
Adresse = Address
Postnr = Post code
Telefonnr = Phone number (remember country code)
Annen bakgrunn (send CV) = Other background (send CV)
Godta vilkår = Accept terms and conditions
Registrer = Apply

Please put a tick in the box that says Annen bakgrunn (send CV) and send your CV to oystein (a) skuespillersenter.no. Applications open 20th June.

How to apply as a director
Please send an application email to oslointernasjonaleteater (a) gmail.com including your CV and a short statement of why you would like to attend this workshop.

Simon Stephens (Foto: Robert Workman)

Workshop for playwrights with Simon Stephens – 23rd to 25th November

Where: Dramatikkens hus, Tøyenbekken 34, Oslo
When: Wednesday 23rd November – Friday 25th November
Fee: 500,- NOK (approx 65 Euro, bursaries available)

In this practical three day workshop acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens will give the participants an insight into his writing process, and give personal feedback on texts that the participants write during the workshop. The workshop will take place in English.

Simon Stephens says: “This will be a practical rather than a theoretical workshop based on writing approaches and exercises that I use in my own work. It will include scene studies of some of my plays as well as other writers work. It will consider the mechanics of dramatic action, character, narrative and structure.

It will be deeply informed by my experiences as a playwright working within the aesthetic and industrial contexts of British theatre but hopefully will resonate outside that culture. Or at least act as a provocation.”

Simon Stephens
Simon Stephens is one of Britains most performed contemporary playwrights, both at home and abroad. His plays have been performed at National Theatre London, Gester Theatre in Tel Aviv, Steep Theatre in Chicago og Schauspielhaus Hanover as well as theatres in Stuttgart, Salzburg, Hamburg, Zurich og Berlin. In 2006 he received the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for his play On The Shore Of The Wide World.

How to apply as a writer
Please send an application email to oslointernasjonaleteater (a) gmail.com including your CV and a short statement of why you would like to attend this workshop.

The workshops are organised by Oslo International Theatre in collaboration with the Norwegian Actors Centre (Norsk Skuespillersenter) and the House of Drama (Dramatikkens hus), and supported by the Norwegian Arts Council (Norsk Kulturråd) and the Foundation for Performing Artists (FFUK).

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