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an experimental theatre company set up in sri lanka in 1999.

abhina theatre workshop

popular screen and theatre actress anoja weerasinghe’s ‘abhina academy of performing arts’ is importing two very interesting theatre practitioners to conduct workshops on puppetry, mask and ‘object manipulation’. sounds very cool, and i for one, am getting in touch. here be all the details.


JULIAN CROUCH
Julian is one of the founder members and Artistic Directors of the theatre company IMPROBABLE along with Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson. Originally a mask and puppet maker, Julian has continually branched out into design, direction, animation and projection. He has been involved in all of the Improbable shows in some capacity. Their productions, ANIMO, 70 HILL LANE, CINDERELLA, LIFEGAME, COMA and SPIRIT have gained far-reaching national and international recognition, winning several major awards including an Obie. THE HANGING MAN which recently completed a run at the Sydney Opera House earned Julian a TMA Best Designer Award. From 1998 till now, Julian has led the Improbable creative team in the creation of STICKY, their ever developing site specific production whose success has changed the way British site specific work is seen across the world. Most recently for IMPROBABLE Julian designed and co-directed WOLVES IN THE WALLS in a collaboration for the National Theatre of Scotland.

In addition to his company duties he co-directed, co-devised, and designed the multi award winning SHOCKHEADED PETER for Cultural Industry, designed THE THEFT OF SITA for the Adelaide Festival and LIFT, and JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA for the National Theatre and the West End. He also designed A FUNNY THING HAPPENDED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM for the National Theatre, and THE MAGIC FLUTE for the Welsh National Opera. Currently he is designer and associate director of a new staging of Phillip Glass’s opera about Gandhi, SATYAGRAHA, for the English National Opera and The New York Metropolitan Opera. Julian is currently in receipt of one of the prestigious NESTA fellowship awards.Julian is a long term collaborator of the choreographer Wolfgang Stange, and has designed and made for a number of his productions in both London and Sri Lanka.

ROBERT THIRTLE
As an actor, Rob has performed in over 20 countries worldwide. Productions include TIME OF LIES, MANTU, CHARAVARI, MEMORY GATE and CABBAGES & QUEENS for Trickster Theatre Company, PENNY DREADFUL for the Right Size, FANTASTICAL VOYAGE for Company Gavin Robertson, THE THREE MUSKETEERS for MTP and THUNDERBIRDS FAB for John Gore Productions. Other theatre includes DOCTOR FAUSTUS at the Nottingham Playhouse and THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
On screen Rob played an Evil Wheeler in Disney’s RETURN TO OZ, a delegation of four aliens in George Lucas’ THE PHANTOM MENACE, Mr. Brillo in Ragdoll’s BRUM and 34 different alien characters in Gerry Anderson’s SPACE PRECINCT. Directing work includes FANTASTICAL VOYAGE and SPITTOON for Company Gavin Robertson, and AN EVENING WITH ALBERT EINSTEIN for Gary Barber and the Natural Theatre Company. Assistant Director credits include OOMF for Oxfordshire 2000, the Closing Ceremony of the 2002 COMMONWEALTH GAMES in Manchester, STICKY for Improbable Theatre, the national tour of ROUND THE HORNE REVISITED for Joabri Productions, and JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA at the National Theatre and the Cambridge Theatre in London.
Rob also works as a prop maker, set builder and model maker. Projects include work for the Right Size, Improbable Theatre, the David Glass Ensemble, Motionhouse Dance, Scarlet Theatre, Toby Jones, and Jane Asher’s GOOD LIVING for BBC TV. He also works as design assistant to Julian Crouch on productions which, so far, include A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM for the National Theatre, THE MAGIC FLUTE for the Welsh National Opera, THE STARS ARE OUT TONIGHT for Amici Dance Theatre, WOLVES IN THE WALLS for Improbable and the National Theatre of Scotland and, currently, SATYAGRAHA for Improbable and the English National Opera.

subjects of the Work shop Abhina is planning to do with Julian & Rob;
They will lead a 5 day W.S. Exploring live animation and the theatrical transformation of ordinary materials. They will be combining exercises that develop the groups awareness of each other as individuals and as ensemble, with a comprehensive exploration of Puppetry, Mask work and object manipulation.
The shape of the Workshop will mirror that of the creative process they use in the creation of their own productions– from training & research, through dreaming, playing,devising, rehearsal and finally, performance.
The workshop is suitable for designers, directors, and performers of all levels of experience who have a particular interest in developing the use of design and imagery within their work.
Dates;- From 5th Dec 2006 to 9th Dec. Pl send your coments about the W.S. & the dates to Abhina Academy e mail;- abina@sltnet.lk or call Anoja Weerasinghe;- 0722290724
or Nalinda ;- 0777636407 Do you wish to have it at a strech or on 2 weekends?
Wish you all the best.
Abhina Academy of Performing Arts

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5 Comments»

  SweetIdiot wrote @

I do so hope they’ll have it over two weekends, otherwise me cannot make it. work, bah!

  SUZANA PRPIĆ-REBROVIĆ wrote @

Dear ,

My name is Suzana -I have 36 years and I love theatre very much. I wont to know more about your project . I am working in my teater in Karlovac it is a small town in Croatia for more then 25 year . 1988. in Kendal , Great Britain

  SUZANA PRPIĆ-REBROVIĆ wrote @

I was in Kendal in Wales in 1988. and I was working with Robert Thitrtle . I was playing an Alice in Alice in wonder land and trought the looking glas. I and I have and wonderfool experiance with the hole crue. It was very nice working with them . I wont to know a litle bit of your project . My E- mail adres is suzana.prpić@lager-basic.hr

Best regards.

Suzana .

  SweetIdiot wrote @

More details:
Dates;- From 8-10th Dec [3 days], 16 & 17th Dec [2 Days] 9am – 4 pm
Venue;- Nagarodaya Centre, No 155A, Dr Danister De Silva Mawatha, Borella ( In Front of the Prison)
Your Investment for the workshop: Rs 25,000/=

  Aaron wrote @

Hello! I am trying to get ahold of Robert Thitrtle to ask him about his experience on the movie Return to Oz. I have interviewed cast and crew from the film, but not him yet. If anyone knows him or anyone else that worked on the film PLEASE email me at

Returnto0z@hotmail.com


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