Theatre’s relationship to film is a complex one. Cinema can often seem a more glamorous, hipper, cutting edge medium. 

There is however much we can learn as theatre makers from our younger cultural cousin. Not in trying to emulate film, which is a fruitless pursuit, but in exploring and stealing key aspects of film language. 

In the company’s 25 year history, Told by an Idiot have been massively influenced by cinema, making shows inspired by a variety of film directors including Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, and Emir Kusterika. 

Led by Artistic Director Paul Hunter, this intensive and highly practical two-day workshop will explore visual narrative, editing, music/sound, and finding a collaboration with a writer. It will examine how an increased understanding of film and its history can have a positive impact on creating theatre. Participants will take away the language and tools to create highly physical, comic and poetic theatre.  

This workshop is aimed at directors and theatre makers with some experience of making their own work. 

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"I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves"  Orson Welles