Practical approaches to Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty

Artaud has an enormous appeal for young people, but many teachers hesitate to offer this outstanding practitioner for A level study and performance.

This one-day course offers a thorough and active introduction to tried and tested methods of working with Artaud that have achieved consistently outstanding results over 25 years of A level teaching.

  • Why teach Artaud?
  • Understanding Artaud: life, concepts and theories
  • Using Artaud’s ideas to inspire students
  • Key texts: the Manifestos and Jet of Blood
  • Artaud and Physical Theatre
  • Games and exercises to develop and perform in this style
  • Exploring text and devising with Artaud
  • Resources for teaching Artaud
  • Examples of top-band work
  • Writing about Artaud
  • Staging Artaud
  • Full set of notes and resource list.

This course is suitable for Secondary Drama teachers who are teaching at A-Level.

Presenter Profile

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Stephen Pritchard, MA Oxon, PGCE Bristol, FRSA, has 26 years' experience of producing top-band practical work at GCSE and A-level and his students’ work has frequently been used as exemplars of excellence for schools. Prior to becoming the Director of Drama at Colston’s School, Stephen worked in the performing arts: as a co-founder of WOMAD, the world music festival; with a national dance company; writing, directing and performing for community theatre. He has led Drama workshops in many countries, for young and mature students. Stephen is also the Drama Consultant for Pumpkin Interactive and has produced best-selling DVDs on devising, physical theatre, ensemble building, comedy, getting into drama school, Artaud and Grotowski.

Feedback from teachers on Stephen’s course

Amazing practitioner! I wish you were my teacher at school – truly wonderful.
Lots of amazing ideas – excellent; thank you!
Fantastic day, thank you! I will be using what I learnt in my classroom tomorrow.
Fantastic – learnt loads. Thank you for inspiring me!
A wonderful jam-packed day with lots of relevant info.
Excellent delivery and course content. So practical!
It was a really enjoyable day and it was really inspiring . I feel more confident teaching Drama already. Thank you so much!
It was lots of fun, involved everyone, and has helped build my confidence in teaching Drama.

Cost: £165 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £199 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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