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Event NamePre-Conference Workshop. Developing Potency & Presence as a Psychodrama Director
OrganisationBritish Psychodrama Association
Date(s)04 Jul 2017 - 06 Jul 2017
TimesTues 4th 13:30hrs-17:00hrs, Wed 5th 09:00hrs-17:00hrs, Thurs 6th 09:00hrs-17:00hrs
LocationHalifax Hall, University of Sheffield
AddressEndcliffe Vale Road


Pre-Conference Workshop.

Developing Potency & Presence as a Psychodrama Director

Led by Rollo Browne
Neutral Mask sessions with Peter Hall

Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER

Tuesday 4th July 1.30pm-5pm
Wednesday 5th July 9am-5pm
Thursday 6th July 9am-5pm

When asked what is really required to be a psychodrama director, Moreno famously replied, “Courage”.
Capability as a director draws on a person’s daring, their capacity to trust themselves, their ability to be present in the face of whatever the protagonist brings forward, and whatever responses arise in the group. Being present and accepting of themselves and others. And then doing something that is adequate.
This means being present to what is happening on the stage or in the group, to one’s internal responses, and accessing one’s own spontaneity at the same time. A sense of potency emerges and the psychodrama director brings that to bear on the work with the group and protagonist. You will see that directing is at its heart a courageous act.
The starting point for stepping out courageously is the capacity to stay in your body. One of the best ways to tune into one’s physical being and creativity is through the use of Neutral Mask (for a description see below). Neutral Mask is in essence a spontaneity training process that removes our reliance on words and facial expressions as we communicate with others. This is both challenging and freeing as it requires each of us to fully inhabit our physical body. It also enables group members to see a person’s warm up free of words and the domination of facial expressions. As a psychodrama director its essential to be aware of the warm up you are creating in others through your physical presence.
This psychodrama training workshop is designed to develop trainees' capacities to access potency and presence as psychodrama directors and will involve sessions with the Neutral Mask, led by Peter Hall.
Neutral Mask.

The Neutral Mask has no set character and covers the whole face. By neutralizing facial expression it becomes the tool par excellence for discovering and exploring the expressive body and its spontaneity. What is our body? How do we inhabit it? Express with it? What stands in the way of our moving? Through the mask we start to uncover our capacity to embody elemental forces, emotions and character. As the mask has no expression, there are no preconceptions. Every gesture is magnified, is significant. Under the mask, one develops a heightened sense of space, movement and rhythm and a stronger dramatic presence. The mask helps us to be other than we are - taking us out of ourselves in order to return us there more accurately. This work asks you to enter your body, in the moment, to 'carry' the mask.

Peter Hall studied at the Drama Action Centre with Francis Batten and Bridget Brandon, in Playback Theatre with Jonathan Fox and Jo Salas, and completed four years training in Psychodrama. He was Director of the Drama Action Centre for eight years leading classes in clown, mask, improvisation, story, spontaneity training and Playback Theatre. He has performed and taught extensively throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Europe and the US. He is a writer, storyteller, and poet. His most recent publication is ‘Father and Son’ (2015).

Rollo Browne is a Sociodramatist and TEP, currently Executive Director of Psychodrama Australia and the Director of Training at the Sydney Campus. For the past 24 years he has applied Morenian methods in organisational development, executive coaching and community settings. The work is always to release the inherent spontaneity of the individual and the group so it can be applied to the situations where it is needed.

£310 If attending the pre-conference and the main conference.
£340 Pre-conference attendance only.

Please contact Natasha Campbell for a booking form.

Only 18 places avaiable

The event will only go ahead if we have 15-18 participants

ContactNatasha Campbell

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