Playing Through the Looking Glass: Workshops


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Elizabeth Wainwright invites you to a day-long tea party of creative workshops for visually impaired performers, for MIF’s new series of Festival in My House… and Yours – live on Zoom on Saturday 16 January.

A visually impaired actor and facilitator from Bury, Elizabeth has spent lockdown bringing together groups of visually impaired people to learn new skills, connect with one another and beat the homebound blues. Now, for Festival in My House… and Yours, she’s inviting visually impaired people to join her and three brilliant Associate Artists – Tas Emiabata, Alice Robinson and Mark Winstanley – for a trio of Zoom workshops dedicated to different aspects of performance and play.

In these three workshops, you could slip on a costume, dive into Shakespeare or develop a character that makes both you and your audience laugh. But as Alice discovered when she went through the looking glass, all may not be as it seems…

You can book your place on each individual workshop, by emailing or by calling 07904 335 591. Please note that the office is closed over Christmas and New Year, but all bookers will be contacted in early January. You’re welcome to attend one workshop or all three – it’s entirely up to you.



Loving Shakespeare with Tas Emiabata

Tas Emiabata, an experienced Shakespearean actor and Globe Education Practitioner, leads this workshop dedicated to exploring the works of the Bard. Drawing on a number of Shakespeare’s plays, we’ll look at text and use experiential ‘play’ to reveal and understand themes, character, language, relationships, motivation and staging, and use a particular passage of text to look at soundscaping.



Character through Movement with Alice Robinson

Experience fun and joy in movement with director, teacher and performer Alice Robinson, who co-runs comic performance training organisation The Performers’ Playground and co-created Manchester’s first clown festival. Using impulses within the body, we’ll explore the ideas that emerge to develop characters and text – from comedy to tragedy. And we’ll play with the relationship between voice and movement: exploring how one can lead the other into surprising places while learning collaboratively and sharing generous feedback.



Clowning with Mark Winstanley

A chance to let off steam in a fun environment! We’ll use a range of playful vocal and physical impulses to discover our own stupidity, then play games and exercises to make each other laugh – developing awareness of what gets a laugh and how to follow it with even more laughter. Your guide is clown, theatre-maker and teacher Mark Winstanley, who co-runs The Performers’ Playground and is a core member of bouffon clown company A Ship of Fools.

Please note that the workshops will be filmed, and recordings will be used to create a short film, which will be broadcast on MIF’s YouTube channel in February 2021.


Supported and presented by Manchester International Festival.







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