Performing Arts students at Macclesfield College of Further and Higher Education recently enjoyed a special workshop run by graduates from Liverpool Hope University as part of the College’s campus-wide Industry Focus Week.
The workshop was based on Commedia dell’arte – a form of theatre characterized by masks which began in Venice in the 16th century. It was a popular form of street theatre based on improvised scenarios between stock characters based on universal types of masters, servants and lovers, and was the early form of mime.
The students were engaged in different activities which encouraged them to use their physicality to develop a story rather than their faces or speech. Sarah Bacon, Lecturer in Performing Arts commented, “The students thoroughly enjoyed the session and are looking forward to developing their own work based on what they learned. The College’s Industry Focus Week is designed to broaden the students’ employability skills and we are very grateful to the graduates from Liverpool Hope University for sharing their specialised knowledge with our students.”
Two of the College’s students, Gabbie Boswell and Hannah Turton have been accepted onto degrees at the university - Gabbie will be studying dance and Hannah, acting.
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