Course E - Physical Theatre in Professional Performance & Storytelling

Bryan Burroughs

As actors, the primary conveyer of meaning onstage is the body: physically, vocally, spiritually, imaginatively and emotionally. This workshop week is designed to give actors a firm footing in how to use their bodies in the fullest expression of themselves and their art. We will work to discover what are the blocks, limits and personal challenges that inhibit our ability to perform consistently at the high level and sustained standard we set for ourselves. Working daily on developing an effective physical warm up, training in physical craft and technique, developing our physical, spatial and imaginative awareness and our relationship to other actors, the ensemble and the audience, we’ll take that work directly into a variety of scenes from a range of theatrical styles that demand specific physical ability and often multiple transformations to accomplish. From Berkoff’s Metamorphosis to Martin McDonagh’s Cripple of Inismaan, John Breen’s Alone It Stands, Iseult Golden’s Tick My Box, Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm and more, we will explore a practical, engaging, effective and enjoyable approach to taking on the most challenging of roles to the highest standard whilst building on a repertoire of skills and craft that we can bring into any rehearsal room throughout the workshop week and beyond.

Bryan Burroughs: An actor, director, movement director, teacher and writer, Bryan trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre TCD. He now teaches physical theatre at The Lír Academy of Dramatic Art. As an actor, award-winning performances include My Foot/My Tutor (Articulate Anatomy), Johnny Patterson: The Singing Irish Clown (Barabbas). More recent performances include: Angela’s Ashes – The Musical and James Joyce’s Ulysses at the Abbey Theatre in 2017. Bryan has written and regularly performs his one man show Beowulf: The Blockbuster which has toured in Ireland, Great Britain, France, Australia, New York and won the STAGE Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2014. Directorial credits include: the award-winning Fight Night and The Games People Play (RISE Productions) both written by Gavin Kostick. As Movement Director recent productions include Beauty Queen of Leenane (Druid), Glow-worm (Umbrella), Inside The GPO (Fishamble), Alone It Stands (Yew Tree), Stones In His Pockets (Moylan Productions), Tarry Flynn and The Skriker (The Lír Academy), Fool For Love, The Wake (Abbey Theatre), Hamlet and Macbeth (Second Age