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Visual Theatre with Ramesh Meyyappan

Summer School for Adults

Introduction

On this five-day course you will work with theatre creator Ramesh Meyyappan, exploring storytelling through music and movement to develop your visual theatre vocabulary.

The Art of Visual Storytelling provides participants with an opportunity to explore a range of visual ideas and begin to tell stories and develop narratives in a unique visual way. A visual language is a shared language a form of communication that can go beyond spoken word.

Through the course participants will:

  • Be encouraged to develop their skills in visual storytelling using movement, mime, *sign mime as well as a range of other physical and visual styles
  • Develop skills in adapting texts into a visual narrative style
  • Begin an exploration of finding a visual vocabulary and using this to support the development of a narrative
  • Respond to a range of stimulus to develop and devise a short theatrical visual narrative

This summer school aims to create an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment for BSL and English speakers to explore, experiment and increase their performance experience.

The course culminates in an informal sharing of the work created during the week for an invited audience.

 

Introduction

On this five-day course you will work with theatre creator Ramesh Meyyappan, exploring storytelling through music and movement to develop your visual theatre vocabulary.

The Art of Visual Storytelling provides participants with an opportunity to explore a range of visual ideas and begin to tell stories and develop narratives in a unique visual way. A visual language is a shared language a form of communication that can go beyond spoken word.

Through the course participants will:

  • Be encouraged to develop their skills in visual storytelling using movement, mime, *sign mime as well as a range of other physical and visual styles
  • Develop skills in adapting texts into a visual narrative style
  • Begin an exploration of finding a visual vocabulary and using this to support the development of a narrative
  • Respond to a range of stimulus to develop and devise a short theatrical visual narrative

This summer school aims to create an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment for BSL and English speakers to explore, experiment and increase their performance experience.

The course culminates in an informal sharing of the work created during the week for an invited audience.

 

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 





James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

Bafta-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Lifelong Learning.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

More information about the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

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Entry requirements

This is an open access course regardless of previous drama experience.

Preparing for your course

Participants would benefit from having looked at theatre and performance that is visual – including dance. It is important that participants develop their own awareness of what is visual ‘on stage’ – the physicality of characters, the subtleness of non-verbal communication, the little gestures and visual clues that are often overlooked or taken for granted – but are there! While a journal is not necessary, reflection on what is seen and understood is always useful.

While visual ides have always existed there is little formal acknowledgement of these and therefore little ‘specific’ reading related to this. However, participants should keep an ‘eye’ on what they see and not just what they hear.

Please bring comfortable clothes for the practical sessions and bottled water as this course will be physical. Please bring a notebook if you want to make some notes.

 

At a glance...

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Teaching staff

Ramesh Meyyappan

Ramesh Meyyappan is a theatre creator who develops performances using an eclectic mix of visual and physical theatre styles. Ramesh continually seeks to develop and extend his theatrical visual vocabulary, incorporating techniques such as circus, bouffon, puppetry and illusion within his work. He enjoys the challenge of creating strong narrative visual work. His work has toured to over 20 countries to much critical acclaim.

He has been nominated four times for Best Actor at the Life! Theatre Awards (Singapore) and awarded the accolade twice, once for GIN & TONIC & PASSING TRAINS (based on an inspiration from Charles Dickens’ The Signalman) and a second time for SNAILS AND KETCHUP. SNAILS & KETCHUP & SKEWERED SNAILS were commissioned by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project Unlimited. Snails & Ketchup was nominated for Total Theatre Awards UK and was also selected as one of the Critics Picks of The Year Singapore.

Ramesh’s last production BUTTERFLY – a striking adaptation of Madame Butterfly that incorporated puppetry – premiered at the Esplanade, Singapore before being presented in Scotland as part of Manipulate Festival, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the British Council Showcase and Made in Scotland Showcase. BUTTERFLY toured to Europe and New York (2016) as part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival.

OFF KILTER, his latest production is a solo performance that makes use of great physicality and illusions. Off Kilter premiered at The Tron (Glasgow) as part of Mayfesto 2017.

Ramesh is currently teaching the module he developed – Visual Theatre Module (BA Performance in BSL/English) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Scotland.

“Ramesh is an artist who seeks out courage, hope and redemptive transformation in his story-telling” HERALD SCOTLAND

www.rameshmeyyappan.com