Teatru Manoel recently commissioned Les Enfants Terribles, an international award winning UK theatre company, to present a workshop for local actors for the Toi Toi programme. The weekend workshop was conducted by James Seager, the company’s main Producer and Director and Joe Hufton, another of the company’s directors who specialises in immersive theatre.
The workshop focussed on physical storytelling, devised theatre as well as live sound effects and soundscapes, physical theatre techniques and the creative use of props.
From his end James Seager reviewed his experience of working with the local actors as follows, “I found the participants an absolute joy to work with. They were extremely passionate, dedicated and very willing to throw themselves into any task set them. They are also clearly driven and focused on their craft and how to make it in the industry and were also a lovely bunch of people. We were also impressed with the high level of ideas and their devising ability and skill; some of the short scenes they created were fantastic.”
Rosetta Debattista, who runs the Education Programme at the Manoel, summed up by saying, “Apart from introducing the performing arts to new audiences, a significant part of the goal of the Toi Toi programme is to enhance and refine the skills of our next generation of performers which we accomplish through the Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre (TMYT) and Teatru Manoel Youth Opera (TMYO) programmes. Exposing our local artists to internationally successful companies such as Les Enfants Terribles gives them the motivation to go that bit further both in terms of developing technique and aspiration”.