The Anglo-Saxon Approach: Action and Acting ‘On the Line’
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The director that dazzled the Teatre Lliure last October with Living with the Lights On returns to Barcelona to teach a workshop for professional performers.
Theatre texts are instructions, a series of lines, designed to activate the spectator. Using mainly modern but also some classical texts, this workshop will look at techniques to maximise the power of the line. With a strong focus on dramatic action, participants will work on a selection of scenes, starting with the line and building up from this firm foundation to make fresh, vigorous, physical work.
Within the GREC 2017 Festival of Barcelona.
Ramin Gray is a British theatre director who was born in London and grew up in Oxford, Tehran, New York and Paris before graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, in 1987. He speaks French, Persian, Arabic, German and Italian and has travelled extensively, especially in the Middle East.
He has directed many new plays, working with major contemporary playwrights. From 2000-09 Ramin was at the Royal Court, first as International Associate, and then as Associate Director. There he directed over fifteen world or British premieres. These included: Push Up by Roland Schimmelpfennig, Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers, Ladybird by VassilySigarev, Way to Heaven by Juan Mayorga, Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr, Simon Stephens’s Motortown (also Wiener Festwochen, Falter critics’ prize), Martin Crimp’s Advice to Iraqi Women, two plays by Marius von Mayenburg, The Ugly One and The Stone, and Over There by Mark Ravenhill (also Schaubuehne, Berlin).
Internationally, Ramin has directed two plays by Simon Stephens, the German language premiere of Harper Reagan at the Salzburg Festival and On The Shore of the Wild World at Volkstheater Wien (Karl-Skraup Prize). His 2010 Viennese production of Dennis Kelly’s Orphans was nominated for the Nestroy Prize. His Russian production of The Ugly One won Best Director at the Textura Festival, Perm in 2010.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Actors Touring Company, seen at the Grec Festival with The Brothers Size (2008) and recently with Living With the Lights On at the Lliure (2017). He has directed all of ATC’s productions since 2011. They include The Golden Dragonand Winter Solsticeby Roland Schimmelpfennig, the first major revival of Crave by Sarah Kane, Illusions by Ivan Viripaev, David Greig’s The Events (voted by critics in The Guardian as the ‘Best Play of 2013) and Martyr by Marius von Mayenburg, among many others.
Admission to the course will be based on order of arrival and CV assessment, which should be sent (with photograph included), filling in the form on the right.
Places on courses are limited. Places will be reserved once the course amount has been paid. Payment must be made within one week of receiving the corresponding acceptance email.
The dates indicated for each course or seminar may be subject to variations in exceptional circumstances. These will be notified when applicable.
For the course to take place, a minimum number of students must be registered. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the student will have the option of registering for a different course (providing that there are places available) or alternatively will receive a refund of the amount paid (100%). If a student withdraws, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be applicable, providing that written notice is given at least 10 days before the start of the course.