Are you a member of the LGBT+ community?

 

Interested in a free course in the art of cabaret?

 

Aged 21 or over?

 

Whether you are already well on your cabaret journey or yet to dip in a toe in glitter, Longfield Hall is delighted to announce a fabulous series of workshops exploring cabaret and performance through mind body and soul.

These workshops with be taught by experienced industry professionals, will give you guidance on how to create a short act of your own and with culminate in a low pressure showcase for family and friends.

Workshops will take place Sunday afternoons:

1-4pm, at Longfield Hall on the 15th, 22nd, 29th of May and the 12th of June.

The showcase will be on the 19th of June.

Participants will be called 11am-4pm, with the showcase for family and friends starting at 2.30pm.

All participants will also receive a free ticket to Longfield Halls Pride Cabaret ‘Love is Live – The Platinum Edition’ the perfect opportunity to celebrate pride with your class mates!

There are 12 places available for this exciting opportunity, to apply please follow the link to the application form. The course is free of charge and priority will be given to the local LGBT+ community, especially those who might not usually have the means to participate in other fee-paying courses.

COMPLETE THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM HERE

Application deadline: Friday the 6th May 2022 | 5pm

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Workshops & Teachers

15 May 2022 | Workshop: Mind | Teacher: Natasha Vasandani
About the workshop:
I’m dyslexic and I’m a writer! There is no one way to write stories and we will go through different techniques I’ve used to create comedy sketches, plays and film scripts. From improvising scenes, learning the rule of three and getting rid of the idea that you can’t teach timing. We will go through different ways to find your voice and stand out from the crowd.
About Natasha:

Natasha is an actor, writer, director and producer. She Founded Grey Beanie Productions which produces diverse stories from diverse voices.  Her acting credits include comedy work on BBC 3, Sky, various theatre in London and her stand up show Awkward Asian.  She is the Director for NewsRevue Edinburgh 2022, the world’s longest running comedy show.  Natasha is passionate about performing arts education, and has been teaching drama, dance, singing and film workshops since the age of 18. She is also a content producer for Dream Arts and is overjoyed to be joining the team at Longfield Hall for this workshop.

22 May | Workshop: Body | Teacher: Alex Lutley (Pi the Mime)

About Workshop:
With over 70% of the way in which we communicate being non verbal, our bodies are saying more than we realise. In this workshop, mime and movement director Alexander Luttley (Pi the Mime) explores how to convey character, status and narrative through movement and begins to investigate how to use our bodies to create choreography, culminating in a group number. Unlike dance, movement direction works with each individual body and how they move so no matter your dance ability, you will be communicating with all of your body-ody-ody by the end!
About Alex:

Pi the Mime and their considerably more verbal doppelganger Mercury Presents are internationally recognised, award-winning Cabaret Creations by Alexander Luttley. With productions at Stratford East, The Wonderground, Proud Cabaret, Party Like Gatsby. The Vaults and Zedel’s under their belts, Pi is the all dancing clown to balance Mercury’s all singing show numbers. Both creations are described as 5% suave and 95% total raging idiot with a desire to make their audience think and feel.

 

29 May 2022 | Workshop: Soul (The Pleasure of Playing) | Teacher: Angela De Castro

About workshop:
In the beginning there was Play… and Play is everything!
Play is at the heart of clowning. For performers, actors and clowns it is important to keep the state of playfulness fresh and alive, to feed the soul and keep it light. It is fundamental for clowns to exercise the mind, the body and the spirit. The spirit is often overtaken by the physical and intellectual demands of the job. Very often, it is the clown techniques that get the focus. However, what is a clown without a soul? Without a spirit?  How important it is not to forget that our souls need as much training and feeding as our bodies and minds?

Using simple games and light exercises, ‘The Pleasure of Playing’ will liberate the imagination and brings participants a new burst of energy, focus and awareness. Based on collective non-competitive games, this structured and surprisingly thought-provoking workshop became a must for clowns of all disciplines.

These workshops are funded by the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by The London Community Foundation – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.