Applied Physical Theatre: The Artist & Society – LIMITED SLOTS

Weekend Physical Intensive Workshop

Upcoming Class Schedule

1 September, 2017 — 10 September, 2017

Friday, 7.30pm — 10.00pm

Saturday, 3.00pm — 10.00pm

Sunday, 10.00am — 6.00pm

Programme Details

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Applied Physical Theatre Workshop: The Artist & Society

Friday, September 1, 7.30pm – 10pm
Saturday, September 2, 3pm – 10pm
Sunday, September 3, 10am – 6pm

Friday, September 8, 7.30pm – 10pm
Saturday, September 9, 3pm – 10pm
Sunday, September 10, 10am – 6pm



The workshop will explore the use of chorus to find social voice and look at how physical dynamics can be used to illuminate and build upon Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Through practical physical exercises workshop participants embody social actions, power dynamics and interrogate how the chorus can speak of and to society. Moving beyond Augusto Boal, we will ask how performance and audience engagement can activate change? Provocation, alienation and discovery will be strong themes, but as creativity of the performer is at the centre of this work, the thematic direction will be defined by the group in the end.

Melissa will draw upon her practice applying theatre for development whilst working in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia, and share an approach that combines physical play, forum theatre, social change and activism.

Singers, dancers, actors and anybody interested in exploring social issues with their bodies.
The minimum age to participate in the class is 16 years old.


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Quotes from workshop participants in Pakistan:

“Melissa’s energy is inspirational – she gives so much of her self gets the best out of everyone”
“I discovered myself in this workshop, felt free, and loved and nurtured to express the hardest of things”
“Each of us is unique and has stories worth telling”
“I never thought I’d fly, but I didnt just fly, I made magic”



  • Different methods of applied theatre
  • Using physical methods and exercises to explore social and political conceptions
  • Exploring different performance artists and their means of discovering and struggling with social issues

About the Instructor

Melissa Eveleigh

Founder and Director of Arts for Action, ( Melissa Eveleigh is a physical theatre practitioner. She trained at the London International School of Performing Arts (Lispa) in Jacques Lecoq Training and Devising Techniques and has extensive experience of applying theatre for positive change. Melissa has trained over 1000 practitioners and over 300 students from all over the world, as well as devising award-winning political and social theatre.

Melissa works with actors dancers and facilitators to create visceral physical and multi-disciplinary performance, and has developed an audience engagement and facilitation practice that draws upon forum theatre, combining this with use of chorus, partner contact work, viewpoints, games and image theatre.

She has designed and facilitated national programmes for the use of the arts for justice in Mynamar, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and regularly works in partnership with the British Council. Melissa is also a Visiting practitioner at Warwick, Leeds and Arts University Bournemouth.

Areas of Focus

  • Political theatre
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Physical Theatre
  • Audience Engagement

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover their identity as a citizen artist
  • Developing methods and tools for applied theatre
  • Develop critical perspective and visions on social issues

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Applied Physical Theatre: The Artist & Society – LIMITED SLOTS / Weekend Physical Intensive Workshop

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