Saturday April 25th – Sunday April 26th 2020
The Monkey House
Weekend Intensive on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2020
11:00 - 17:00 each day
£60 for the weekend
The course will cover the fundamentals of Jacques Lecoq's pedagogy and lead you to discover Lecoq's approach to theatrical play.
We will use our observation of materials, animals and the elements as a grounding for creating characters and devised work.
It will be a journey that leads from the observation of life, its rhythms and dynamics and silences from which speech springs – through to the event of the Neutral Mask, which raises and structures play whilst seizing the poetic dimension of life. Everything moves.
Bring comfortable clothing, a bottle of water, and a lust to play and explore.
Jonathan Gunning began his career as an award-winning stand up comedian before training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Since then, he has toured extensively as a clown, actor and storyteller. A founding member of the popular comic duo, The Gombeens, Jonathan has performed throughout the world, on streets, and in theatres, tents, libraries, and laneways… and once in a graveyard. As an actor his work at the Abbey Theatre includes The Government Inspector and Arrah Na Pogue. He has frequently performed spoken word with the celebrated Irish band My Fellow Sponges and is an ensemble member of the award winning Branar Teatar. Jonathan’s directing credits include Champions of Dance for Lords of Strut, Barry Loves You for Barry Ferns, This Means War for Galway Youth Theatre, and Fool Me? for Blue Teapot Theatre Company.
Jonathan’s television credits include Game of Thrones, Vikings, The Frankenstein Chronicles, Into The Badlands, and the Fox series War of The Worlds.
Jonathan is a visiting lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has taught at Trinity College, Dublin, National University of Ireland, Galway, and at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil.
As co-founder of the voluntary organisation Clowns Without Borders Ireland, Jonathan has helped bring laughter to children in crisis throughout the world. When not doing any of the above, Jonathan grows two long nails on his right hand to better pick the banjo.
Saturday, April 25th 2020
Ends: Sunday, April 26th 2020
Bookings close: April 24th 2020
The Monkey House is located within easy walking distance of numerous tube stations, accessed by the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines:
• Finsbury Park (Piccadilly & Victoria Line) 9 minute walk
• Archway tube (Northern Line) 21 minute walk
• Arsenal tube (Piccadilly Line) 16 minute walk
• Holloway Road tube (Piccadilly Line) 13 minute walk
• Upper Holloway (Overground) 21 minute walk
• Drayton Park (Overground) 17 minute walk
The venue is also accessible via a number of local bus routes including the numbers 4, 17, 29, 43, 91, 253, 254, 259, 263 & 271.