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"Tricks of the Trade"

Co. Theatre Physical presents ‘Tricks of the Trade’ www.cotheatrephysical.co.nz Years 7-13 Duration-50 minutes Price-$4 per student Minimum Audience-120 students Free 1 hour workshop with booking for schools in Auckland region Extensive Teachers Notes available Two actors are devising a show in a school hall when an audience arrives unexpectedly! Their play is not ready to be shown in public but instead they decide to share their play-making process with the audience. Through innovative story-telling, humour and extraordinary physicality they:- Explore five starting points from which to make a play:-Theme, Script, Found Story, Personal Story, Issue. Demonstrate diverse theatrical styles by converting one scene into different genres-Shakespeare, Contemporary, Action Hero. Experiment with ways to create characters-inspired by a piece of costume, a voice or accent, a particular physicality, an 'inner action', a state of tension. Discover the techniques of Improvisation- making, accepting and extending offers. Physicalise a script- through a fusion of dance, circus skills, mime and movement. Play with theatrical transitions, props, musical score and possibilities for research. Co. Theatre Physical employs comedy, dextrous physicality and diverse skills to bring you dynamic, educative theatre! www.cotheatrephysical.co.nz

Artist Information

Beth Kayes/Co.Theatre Physical

Website: http://www.cotheatrephysical.co.nz

Phone: (09) 845-1906 or www.cotheatrephysical.co.nz

Email: bethkayes@hotmail.com


Beth trained in theatre and circus in N.Z and London. From 1991-1995 Beth performed with Australian company Legs on the Wall and toured with them nationally and internationally performing in the award-winning show All of Me and in acclaimed aerial work Homeland which was televised nationally by the ABC for the millennium broadcast. Over the years she has been involved in numerous projects for theatre and screen as actor, director, teacher for Theatre At Large, Pandemonium, Stalker, Belvoir St Theatre, UNITEC. She is the producer and artistic director for Co.Theatre Physical touring shows to schools and Festivals. Co.Theatre Physical's recent critically acclaimed show OOH BABY BABY! has toured to Taranaki Festival '09, THE EDGE at the Concert Chamber '09, Bay of Islands Festival 2010 and will be at FUEL Festival of N.Z Theatre July 2nd and 3rd, Hawkins Theatre, Papakura August 12th and 13th and at Nelson Festival October 15th, 16th and 17th. www.cotheatrephhysical.co.nz

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Drama

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Physical Theatre, Devising Theatre

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast, National


2011 - August, September, October, November, December

Space and Resources Required: 5 metres x 5 metres of performance space

Indicative Costs:

  • $4.00 per student plus free 1 hour workshop with show booking per student

Mode of Delivery: Performance

Cultural Context: All cultures


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


Rave Reviews:-. ‘This is a wonderfully energetic and engaging one hour. It is also the most fabulous and dynamic teaching tool that covers so many aspects of the curriculum through such a physically creative and artistic performance. The actors so obviously enjoy and have fun with their work and the constant surprising ways in which they use props. The students were all buzzing as they exited’ Fiona Keith-Kirk H.O.D Drama Pakuranga College “The students were captivated by the show, and it was thoroughly enjoyed by staff too! The structure of what you presented was most informative, the humour delightful and well-sustained from start to finish, and the energy levels throughout, simply outstanding. The range of themes, characters and performance styles ensured that you never once ‘lost’ the audience.” Helen Dallaston-Year 10 Dean, St.Cuthbert’s College

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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