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Mime & Physical Theatre Workshop for Intermediate/Secondary School Drama Teachers

Fergus is a leading teacher of mime and physical theatre. His workshops for Teachers are designed to cover techniques involved in introducing students to a variety of movement forms. Among the areas covered are illusionary mime, slow-motion and robotics. Access to physical comedy and characterisation is explored and developed through a variety of exercises and improvisations. Personal movement analysis builds awareness of the individual's unique qualities. Basic juggling and object manipulation can also be covered. Fergus's approach to teaching juggling ensures a thorough understanding of the factors required for successful tutoring in this area.

Artist Information

Fergus Aitken / MR FUNGUS

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

Phone: 021 386 487

Email: info@mrfungus.co.nz


Fergus began training and performing with Robert Bennett's MIME INTERNATIONAL in 1984 and attended the Desmond Jones School of Mime in London, 1988. Other training in physical theatre has included courses in improvisation with Simon McBurney [dir. Theatre Complicite], John Wright [dir. Trestle Theatre] in London and also in NZ, static trapeze with Deborah Pope, neutral mask with John Bolton and commedia del árte with Giovanni Fusetti.

Fergus has worked extensively at festivals and public events in addition to corporate functions & conferences.

Fergus has also toured extensively in NZ schools at all levels with his award-winning MR FUNGUS comedy show and also at secondary level as a leading teacher of mime and physical theatre.

Workshops can also be tailored for drama teachers.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Drama, Dance

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Mime, physical theatre, comedy, juggling & object manipulation

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: National

Space and Resources Required: drama/dance studio or similar private space suitable for movement training

Indicative Costs:

  • $100 + GST per hour

Mode of Delivery: Workshop, Presentation

Cultural Context: European, European


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


"The students who were involved with the workshop came away very enthusiastic, asking when they could have another one. It was a delight to see the enthusiasm that Fergus Aitken's visit engendered in all the people involved..." Peter Rollinson, H.O.D. Drama, Wainuiomata College

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

Photos of Relevant Work by This Artist

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