ZUZI FORT

Copyright Zuzi Fort 2017
‘THE ART OF NONSENSE ‘

AN EXPLORATION OF THEATRE OF THE ABSURD USING ELEMENTS OF FARCE AND SLAPSTICK.

Are you ready to discover your hidden identity and frolic in absurdity?

Theatre of the Absurd is exciting and appeals to gifted individuals because it challenges and inspires. The genre departs from realistic characters, situations and all of the associated theatrical conventions. Time, place and identity are ambiguous and fluid and plots are meaningless.

There are two main concepts behind The Theatre of the Absurd are:

*          The random (lack of) connection between actions objects and words.

*          The playfulness between the actors in being able to convey this randomness.

Using Farce and Slapstick as starting points we shall enter and gain an insight into the surreal world of the Theatre of the Absurd.

 Both Slapstick and Farce are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable. Their plots are characterized by physical humour, precise timing, the use of deliberate absurdity and broadly stylized performances. This is a quality they share with the Theatre of the Absurd.

Session 1     Tickle my tastebuds!

*          Introductions and getting to know you games.

*          Interactive and fun intro into the genre (film, TV, art, literature).

*          Followed by drama and improvisation exercises that allow participants to understand the genre

*          Creation of basic characters.

Session 2     Music to my nose!

            *          Warm up games

            *          Slapstick and farce techniques

            *          Fleshing out of characters

            *          Scenario work in character

            *          Plot ideas

Session 3     A vision for my ears!

*          Warm up games

            *          Play building ~ plot structure, scenarios, through lines, hooks and theme

*          Group work and critique

*          Finalising play structure

*          Work on catchphrases, character signature moves, slapstick routines and chorus like chants or raps.

Session 4     Listen to my Eyes!

*          Performance day

*          A game of character charades.

*          Acting warm up

*          Final rehearsal.

*          Director`s notes.

*          Creating a stage

*          Dress rehearsal.

*          Showtime! 

Aims:

*          To introduce the Theatre of the Absurd and the genre of slapstick and farce.

*          To use the body to explore physical characterisation.

*          To devise physical drama.

*          To use stimuli as the basis for devising drama.

Learning outcomes:

*          To have an understanding of Theatre of the Absurd

*          To have devised slapstick sequences

*          To be able to use other art forms as a stimulus

*          To have performed a piece of absurd theatre

*          To have understood that absurd theatre has a purpose

Techniques covered include:

*          Physical characterisation

*          Physical comedy

*          Self-evaluation

*          Stage fighting

*          Still image

*          Humour

*          Nonsensical non-linear narrative.

*          Voice, movement, improvisation and teamwork

Vocabulary

The key words used in this project include:

Absurdist Theatre
Farce
Slapstick
Genre
Improvisation
Objective
Self-evaluation
Storyline
Exaggeration
Verbal and non verbal-dialogue

 

Resources used include:

*           Film clips of different genres

*           Short stories

*           Scenes from Absurdist plays

 Requirements:        * Wear loose comfortable clothes to move around in (no skirts or dresses without leggings). Bring a snack (no nuts please) and water.