Course F - Work Hard. Play Harder!

Geoff O'Keefe

For the actors with some experience who are seeking to develop their craft and become more expressive and playful in their performance, this is the course for you! We will examine the power of ensemble movement and choral voice work to create pieces with and without words. We will investigate ways of aligning a stylised, theatrical and visual aesthetic to text so that we might learn to see it with new eyes. Exploring a mix of classic and contemporary texts, this course seeks to afford the actor the opportunity to make fresh and exciting discoveries on the rehearsal room floor. We will look to the physicality of the actor and how the body can be used to tell the story. We will create dynamic and engaging pieces of theatre that are rooted in ensemble work and in doing so we will push ourselves to be braver, at times bigger and always bolder. The course will offer participants strategies to unlock the text, placing the actor at the centre of the work and recognise that the language of silence and the language of space are as important as the words on the page. In a supportive, encouraging environment, we will take risks and push ourselves further. To do this we will work hard, but always remembering that we ‘play’ every time we make theatre. We will Work Hard but we will Play Harder!

Geoff O’Keeffe is a theatre director, actor and drama adjudicator. Recent credits include: James And The Giant Peach,Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, God of Carnage, Othello,Macbeth, Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen, Frank Pig Says Hello and A Christmas Carol for Mill Productions at dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum. He has also written and directed seven highly successful Christmas shows for young audiences. Geoff has worked as an actor for stage, film, T.V. and radio. Personal acting highlights include, Paul in My Second Self; David/ Divina in Aul’ Divina and Me; James in Dinner for One; Ms. Kitty in Billy Redden at International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, 2010, - awarded Michael Mac Liammoir Award for Best Male Actor. He has facilitated workshops for drama groups all over the country and is in great demand as an adjudicator. He holds an MA in Theatre Studies from DCU.