Show Workshops

As well as offering workshops that are custom built for your class, The Danger Ensemble has created a program of workshops alongside each of our shows in 2017 - Macbeth and The Hamlet Apocalypse.

These workshops are designed to enhance and extend the experience your students take away from the productions, while linking each show with the drama curriculum.

The workshops will be taught at your school by a member of the cast from the show, the creative team, or by The Danger Ensemble’s artistic team. Travel fees will apply to schools outside of the Brisbane region (available on application).

All workshops are designed to be taught over 2 hours (120 minutes). Compromises can be made in order to accommodate shorter class times (no less than 90 minutes); however, this is not optimal. Please advise at the time of enquiry should you require this.


MACBETH

Performing Shakespeare: Macbeth

 

Shakespeare’s plays were written to be spoken on stage, and cannot be fully understood without experiencing this. This workshop promotes an embodied understanding of Macbeth and Shakespearean text. With one of the team from The Danger Ensemble’s Macbeth as their guide, students will explore the core principles of reading, speaking and performing Shakespearean text, and then apply this knowledge to scenes from Macbeth. Linked together by the facilitator, these scenes will be performed in narrative order so as to illuminate the story of Macbeth.

An excellent introduction to the story of Macbeth and Shakespearean conventions, this workshop is particularly useful to students working towards both Making and Responding tasks.

Keys: Shakespeare, Acting, English, Macbeth

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


Something Wicked This Way Comes: Macbeth, the Gothic and 21st Century Australia

 

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a truly gothic tale of power and corruption, set in an eerie, evocative landscape. It features witches, a goddess, visions, and spirits. And blood. A lot of blood.

This workshop identifies the conventions of Australian Gothic and then analyses how they are used in The Danger Ensemble’s production of Macbeth. Students will then explore through staging how they can utilise the text of Macbeth to illuminate the darker parts of Australia, both past and present.

This workshop provides students with a deep appreciation for the conventions of Australian Gothic Theatre and how they can be applied to classic texts. It is particularly useful for students undertaking Making tasks.

Keys: Shakespeare, Macbeth, Australian Gothic

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


Staging the Supernatural: The Physical World of Macbeth and the Witches

 

One of the most important questions facing any company staging Macbeth is how to approach the supernatural elements of the play. Led by a member of the team, students will discuss the staging of the supernatural in The Danger Ensemble’s Macbeth, leading to physical and movement-based exercises to explore a supernatural stage body and the physicality of ritual. Students will then apply this experience in order to find their own ways to stage ritual and the supernatural.

This workshop provides students with experience in analysing the use of the body on stage and applying movement styles to find physicality that is extraordinary in their practical work. It is particularly useful to students undertaking both Making and Responding tasks.

Keys: Shakespeare, Physical Theatre, Ritual Drama, Macbeth

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow: Macbeth and Contemporary Theatre

 

Power. Corruption. Murder. Madness. This workshop explores how Macbeth resonates with the world around us now in the 21st Century. How can we make a text written 400 years ago relevant for audiences today? And what conventions of contemporary theatre help us bring this to the stage? A member of the team from The Danger Ensemble’s Macbeth will lead students through discussion and analysis of the use of contemporary theatre conventions in the production and facilitate practical explorations by students to implement these conventions in their own work on Macbeth to excavate the contemporary in Shakespeare.

This workshop promotes both a practical and theoretical understanding of contemporary theatre conventions and how they can be applied when approaching a classical text. It is especially useful for students undertaking Making tasks in the classroom.

Keys: Shakespeare, Contemporary Theatre, Macbeth

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


I See Before Me: Macbeth and Visual Dramaturgy for Contemporary Theatre

 

Shakespeare did not write literature; he wrote texts for a visual medium. Working with a member of the Macbeth team, students in this workshop will discuss and analyse the visual aspects of The Danger Ensemble production and how these differ from a more traditional staging. Through practical exercises, they will explore the relationship between the settings, key motifs and moments in Macbeth that shape the world of the play and the ways in which this world can be visually realised on stage in ways that force a collision between the classical and the contemporary.

This workshop focusses on visual dramaturgy that is of particular use to students undertaking Making tasks with a focus on creation, direction and design.

Keys: Shakespeare, Visual Theatre, Design, Macbeth

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


The Hamlet Apocalypse

Performing Shakespeare: Hamlet

 

Shakespeare’s plays were written to be spoken on stage, and cannot be fully understood without experiencing this. This workshop promotes an embodied understanding of Hamlet and Shakespearean text. With one of the team from The Danger Ensemble’s The Hamlet Apocalypse as their guide, students will explore the core principles of reading, speaking and performing Shakespearean text, and then apply this knowledge to scenes from Hamlet. Linked together by the facilitator, these scenes will be performed in narrative order so as to illuminate the story of Hamlet..

An excellent introduction to performing Shakespeare and to the story of Hamlet, this workshop is particularly useful to students working towards both Making and Responding tasks.

Keys: Shakespeare, Acting, English, Hamlet

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


Murder Most Foul: Hamlet and the Gothic

 

Hamlet abounds in plot devices and characters that could be described as Gothic: a mysterious death, a ghost, revenge, and a young woman driven mad. The Danger Ensemble’s production of The Hamlet Apocalypse places these elements within an additional layer: the Apocalypse, the approaching end of all that is. This workshop, led by a member of The Hamlet Apocalypse team, will analyse and explore these elements, what they mean when placed in an Australian context, and how this can be brought to life on the stage.

Using The Hamlet Apocalypse as a case study, this workshop provides students with an insight into the application of Australian Gothic Theatre conventions, particularly useful for those working towards Making and Responding tasks.

Keys: Shakespeare, Hamlet, Australian Gothic

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


This Quintessence of Dust: The Philosophy of Butoh and Hamlet

 

The Danger Ensemble’s production The Hamlet Apocalypse is underpinned by the philosophy of Butoh, a dance theatre form originally created in Japan in the 1950s. Students will be introduced to the philosophy underlying Butoh and how that is manifested in The Hamlet Apocalypse. Then, through physical and movement-based exercises, led by a member of The Hamlet Apocalypse team, students will experience Butoh and appreciate the ways in which the underpinning philosophy of Butoh lends itself to an exploration of those facing dire circumstances.

This workshop builds the skills of students in identifying and analysing the use of physical theatre conventions outside of a typical physical theatre production and provides practical skills in a form of physical theatre. It is of great benefit to students working towards both Making and Responding tasks.

Keys: Shakespeare, Physical Theatre, Butoh, Hamlet

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


Imagining the End: The Apocalypse, Hamlet, and Contemporary Theatre

 

 

The Danger Ensemble’s The Hamlet Apocalypse began as an exploration of the Apocalypse, to which the text of Hamlet was added. As with much contemporary theatre, this central event means something unique and individual for each member of the cast; it is in the friction between these versions of and responses to the Apocalypse that the chaos of the work evolves. This workshop, led by a member of The Hamlet Apocalypse team, explores what the Apocalypse – the end of life as we know it – might mean for the participants and, using Hamlet, finds ways of staging those experiences.

This workshop provides students with experience in identifying and analysing the use of contemporary theatre conventions. Students will also be required to undertake short writing tasks and to practically implement contemporary theatre conventions while staging extracts from a classical text. It is hugely beneficial to students working towards both Making and Responding tasks.

Keys: Shakespeare, Contemporary Theatre, Devising Theatre, Writing for Contemporary Theatre, Hamlet

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


Fretted With Golden Fire: The Apocalypse, Hamlet, and Visual Dramaturgy for Contemporary Theatre

 

Shakespeare did not write literature; he wrote texts for a visual medium. In this workshop, students will analyse the visual world of The Hamlet Apocalypse and the tension between the fictional world of Hamlet and the urgency of the Apocalypse. Key motifs and moments in Hamlet that shape the world of the play will be examined and the ways in which this world can be visually realised on stage in ways that force a collision between the classical and the contemporary, between Hamlet and the Apocalypse, will be explored.

This workshop focusses on visual dramaturgy that is of particular use to students undertaking Making tasks with a focus on creation, direction and design.

Keys: Shakespeare, Visual Theatre, Design, Hamlet

Running Time: 120 minutes

Cost: $275


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