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Theatre Games for the Deviser / Performer

Tutor: Matt Rudkin
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton & Hove BN1 2LR
Next date: Saturday workshop, 28 April 2018

About the workshop

In this workshop you will be led through exercises that employ game-like structures to develop creative self-expression and to generate material through states of playfulness. They have been developed by Matt during his 17 years teaching on the Performance and Visual Art course at the University of Brighton, as group bonding techniques for newly arriving students and creative processes for devising theatre.  The workshop will be highly practical, collaborative, fast paced, fun and funny. It is suitable for participants with various levels of performing experience: from those wanting to improve their communication confidence, to teachers wanting to acquire more workshop exercises.  Matt will also outline how this work is informed by his interest in psychological studies in ‘Flow’ experience.

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing should be worn. 

Matt Rudkin

Matt Rudkin is a theatre maker, performer and teacher with experience in a wide range of performance styles.  He worked as a puppeteer and maker for 5 years with the Edinburgh Puppet Company, concurrently running the infamous 'Bongo Club Cabaret' each fringe for 7 years. He has trained in clown with Philippe Guallier and at the Actors Space (Spain) and has an MA in Performance Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama.  He has taught on projects at Rose Bruford, City College and Northbrook College and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as well his 17 years at the University of Brighton. Throughout this time he has continued to make and solo and collaborative work.  

He toured with the street theatre show ,'The Incredible Bull Circus' for 6 years appearing throughout the UK and Ireland, and to Canada, France, Belgium, Holland, Australia and New Zealand.  He also toured for a couple of years with Fraser Hooper in 'Inside Out', and regularly directs outdoor work for Jon Hicks. In 2009 he began making indoor work as 'Inconvenient Spoof' with Silvia Mercuriali, also co-writing her audio tour ‘Wondermart’.  Since then he has created 3 Arts Council funded shows: ‘Naïve Dance Masterclass’, ‘Dean Gibbons and the Knowledge of Death’ and ‘Buddhism: Is it Just for Losers’.  He has also been a regular reviewer for Total Theatre Online.  For more information visit: mattrudkin.co.uk


Press Quotes for shows

 "Hilarious, bizarre and captivating" - The Latest  ★★★★★

“Very, very funny.  Not just funny and inventive, but funny in a genuinely fresh new way" - Fringe Guru  ★★★★

 "it might not be until afterwards that one realizes that Naïve Dance Masterclass is just a little bit mind blowing"  - Everything Theatre ★★★★

"It’s hard to explain what makes Fake Hip Gnosis so entertaining... this is a show which wrong-foots you at each and every turn. It’s creative, distinctive, and well worth taking a chance on."   - Fringe Guru ★★★★

Student Feedback

 “Matt Rudkin is the most wonderfully inspirational teacher. He has the cunning ability to explain and demonstrate the most difficult theories or problems presented by his subject, whilst the class has an incredible amount of fun" - M.B, PAVA graduate 

”As a teacher, Matt is a warm, playful and engaging participant.  I know that when I need an honest, yet compassionate resource, Matt will be my first choice. - J.C, PAVA graduate.

"I think Matt Rudkin is a wonderful motivating individual and I wish there were more Teachers with his talents.”   - F. R, PAVA graduate