Oddbodies offers a comprehensive and rigorous workshop programme designed to develop skills in characterisation, devising and performance.
Drawing on a variety of physical theatre techniques, the work provides an environment in which students can develop an awareness of body and voice that allows them to create, express and communicate freely. Using the body to stimulate creativity, the work explores how movement generates feeling and how feeling develops the imaginative world. Through the use of psychological gestures and moving centres, the work enables students to access and inhabit the inner life of a character. There is a strong emphasis on improvisational skills; play, spontaneity and interaction between performers.
The workshops can be tailored to suit specific requirements, levels of experience and ability. The practical and adaptable qualities of the workshops make them particularly appropriate for the new Curriculum specifications for AS and A2, as well as GCSE devising and performance components. The work is invaluable for the exploration and development of characters, either devised or taken from a given text, and can be used to augment performance work already in progress.
A maximum number of 25 participants per session.
A large room, hall or studio space, preferably well lit , sound proofed and without carpet.
The workshops are available as half-day, full-day or residencies (negotiable).
Oddbodies can also offer INSET workshops for practitioners and teachers on request.
Oddbodies’ members are highly experienced practitioners and have been leading workshops and residencies at schools and colleges throughout the UK and internationally over many years.
Oddbodies has long standing associations with The City Literary Institute in London, The Royal Academy of Dancing (UK and Europe), The Chapito Company in Lisbon and the Western State University in Connecticut. Company members have been involved in regular teaching and directing projects at a number of leading Drama Colleges in London including the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Rose Bruford, Guildhall, Arts Educational, East 15 and the Circus Space.
‘Oddbodies’ John Mowat and Paul Morel are responsible for many years of high quality, imaginative and greatly appreciated workshops at the City Lit. A whole generation of young actors have taken their first steps in these classes.’
- Val Colgan, The City Lit
‘Paul’s work with character development gave our students the push that they needed in their performance skills, his professional qualities are undeniable.’
- Tim Roberts, The Circus Space
‘Paul Morel’s high energy exercises, together with his concise exposition, left the students and staff wanting us to include the workshop into the full-time curriculum, and Paul as a full-time professor.’
- Michael A. Hartel, Western Connecticut State University
‘Oddbodies’ residency and Paul Morel’s workshops have been an inspiration to our students. They have shown them how to use their bodies with openness, imagination and invention.’
- Dave Morris, Head of Drama, Oxted School (one of the UK’s largest Comprehensives)