Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February 2020

10am - 5pm

Jerwood Space, London SE1

"A BA in devising crammed into 12 hours"
2018 participant

The essential for any performer looking to develop their improvisation, devising and comedy skills...Building the Chaos is back!

Taking inspiration from the greats of silent comedy: Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton, this two-day intensive will explore the idea of adding a fresh twist to some classic routines, led by long-term TBAI collaborator and experienced performer, director and theatre maker Stephen Harper.

We will draw on clown, commedia dell’arte and the work of Michael Chekhov to explore the technique and spirit required to create brilliant comic set pieces.

You will take away a toolkit of ideas and practical approaches, which will enable you to make your own gags, numbers and comedy routines, including: hand to hand combat techniques in order to create slapstick violence, pratfalls, double takes and - of course - throwing custard pies.

About Stephen Harper

Steve Harper

Stephen has performed in a grand total of seven Told by an Idiot productions, including Get Happy at The Barbican, Beijing Comedy Festival and Luxembourg, Never Try This At Home and I'm A Fool To Want You, as well as co-directing All You Need Is LSD. Stephen has been a visiting artist on many Taught by an Idiot projects, including the MA/MFA in Collaborative Theatre Making at Rose Bruford and
Let Me Play The Lion Too. Most recently, Stephen has been the lead artist on The Silent Treatment, a series of devising and film-making projects linked to our new production The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. He specialises in clown, mask, slapstick, commedia dell’arte, improvisation and devising.

Stephen's other recent work as a performer includes; Don Quixote with Little Soldier, Opening Skinners Box with Improbable Theatre, The Mouse and his Child and Merry Wives of Windsor at The RSC, War Horse and Theatre of Blood with the National Theatre, Laurel and Hardy at the New Vic Theatre, Home from Home at Polka, 1966 World Cup Final and Ben Hur for Battersea Arts Centre and Commonnonsense at Reykjavik City Theatre. 

Further directing credits include: Flat Pack - based on Buster Keaton's Film One Week and I Had a Black Dog with Smallnose productions; Government Inspector BA 3rd year Classic season, Saudade MA Ensemble Theatre final show and Crowbar Hotel ETA 3rd year show at Rose Bruford; slapstick director on Pippi Longstocking at Reykjavik City Theatre, The Twits at The Royal Court Theatre and Comedy of Errors with The Lord Chamberlains Men.

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