June 18, 2010


An essential step in performance training for theatre, film, dance – finding neutral.

The neutral mask is behind every other mask and style of performance, existing in a world of silence, stillness and action between arrival and departure.

It is before character and lives in a world of timeless purity where the human animal moves, solves problems and responds with no idiosyncrasies or psychological dialogue.

It is a wonderful tool for all theatre practitioners and allows the actor to be free of any habitual responses leading to a more open and fluid contact with both audience and fellow performer.  There is no space for thought, but infinite space for connection so impulses are immediate and intimate.

Participants will have the opportunity of exploring the elements, colour, the basic human interactions of meeting, working, the journey, and bidding farewell, as well as being given time to create their own scenarios on contemporary and classic themes.

WHEN:                        5 – 9 july 2010, 10am – 4pm

WHERE:                    wellington performing arts college/ whitireia
                                     36 vivian st, wellington

COST:                          $450.00  ($420 if paid by june 28)

REGISTRATION:     by june 28. maximum participants 15.                                 
                                     please send expressions of interest to:

CONTACT:                jen mcarthur mcjen13@hotmail.com
                                     021 321 508/ 04 381 3037

John Bolton trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris.

He was director of theatre at The Theatre Workshop Edinburgh and co-founded Artworks, a company specializing in large scale community shows in Scotland and Europe.

Later, he joined Welfare State International as a puppeteer, maker and actor.

He has toured his solo show Jumping Mouse throughout the USA, Scotland, Australasia and been invited to the Dublin Festival, New Zealand International Festival and numerous tours over the last 30 years.

He has been awarded Two Green Room Awards, Three Melbourne Fringe First awards and was awarded the 2003 Kenneth Myer Medallion for services to Victorian Theatre.

He has taught at WAAPA, Drama Action Centre, Toi Whakaari, NZ, as well as running his own Theatre School in Melbourne for 8 years and conducting professional and community theatre workshops throughout Australia and south Asia. 

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