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Full bodied Acting – 1 Day Workshop
April 30 2022 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm€45
Towards maximising our unique potential
With Margaret Hannon
The focus of this workshop will be on acting from our full bodies; Remembering that we go all the way down to our toes, that we are 3-D, that we even extend beyond our physical bodies. Sometimes we go on stage and all of a sudden we are talking heads encumbered by our bodies. This happens to almost everyone. So what do we do about it?
Through simple physical exercises and games we will awaken our bodies, become aware of the space we take up, how we interact physically with others, with the space and audience. We will look at the potential for expression in our bodies, the range of emotions we can communicate without words, the active stillnesses, our blank canvases and what we can impose on them.
One of the greatest revelations for me as an actor was in realising that I didn’t need to move, talk, look like anyone else. If I knew what I had and what my potential was, I could be brilliant, my ‘best self’ actor. It’s a process, always not quite perfect, the potential is always growing, but it’s not really that hard. Or it is hard, but easy. It’s in awareness and letting go of blocks, that so often manifest in the body. And it’s in accepting that ‘you are never there’! But that’s the carrot and the consolation.
My hope is that everyone who takes part in the workshop will leave with a sense of excitement about themselves as actors and their unique body and space in this world. No experience, just passion, necessary.
I am an actor and theatre maker living in Co Donegal. I resigned in 2015 to take a Masters in Authorial acting in the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, graduating with honours in 2018. I have been working as a professional artist since. I have worked as actor and coach in two major community plays (Donegal 2019, Gdansk 2020) as part of the Shaking the Walls, EU funded project.
I love to write and devise my own work based on little known extraordinary local stories. Most recently I was chosen as artist in residence for Donegal Museum and Archives and wrote a play commemorating the Decade of Centenaries here. I worked with an ensemble of 7 community actors and together we realised the project ‘One People’ last November.
Prior to this I wrote and performed ‘Sister Black’ based on the life of a local nurse who worked in WW1. I was supported in both these plays by funding from the Donegal Arts Office.
I am collaborating currently with Sean Donegan and Echo Echo Dance Theatre company Derry on a new theatre work called HeArt Therapy to be performed in March.
I am inspired by the devised work of artists like Mikel Murfi, Aidan Dooley and Dan Colley.