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Characters in Transition Workshop

A one-day workshop exploring visual and physical characterisation, led by acclaimed Scottish-Singaporean theatre maker Ramesh Meyyappan.

Characters in Transition Workshop

About Characters in Transition Workshop

This workshop will focus on the visual aspects of characterisation. Participants will make use of sign mime and explore the use of characters with mimed props, playing multiple characters and working with character transitions. While the attributes of stock, stereotypical characters will be explored, participants will also look at some of the subtle nuances of characterisation in performance.

Striking characterisations are exaggerated to create a comic or grotesque effect, such as in lazzi, the stock comedic routines associated with Commedia dell’arte. Lazzi provide the basic opportunity for playfulness. The difference between gags and lazzi is that the latter always have a human reference. A gag can be purely mechanical or absurd; it can leave one kind of logic behind and suggest a different one, but the lazzi always brings out an element of the character’s humanity.

This workshop will be delivered in BSL and translated into spoken English by a BSL interpreter. Interpreters are also available for BSL users taking part in this workshop.

Ramesh Meyyappan will be performing their show Last Rites at the Festival Theatre Studio on 3 and 4 February. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend the show on a special reduced ticket rate.

Biography
Ramesh Meyyappan is a theatre maker who develops performances using an eclectic mix of visual and physical theatre styles. Ramesh continually seeks to develop and extend his theatrical visual vocabulary, for example incorporating; circus techniques, bouffon, puppetry and illusion within his work. He enjoys the challenge of creating strong narrative visual work. His solo performances and collaborations have toured nationally and internationally to much critical acclaim.

His work has been nominated five times for Best Actor at the Life! Theatre Awards (Singapore) and awarded the accolade twice. In Scotland he was nominated for a CATS (Critic Award Theatre Scotland) – Best Male Performance for Off Kilter. Love Beyond (Act of Remembrance) one of his recent works – written, created and performed by him, sees Ramesh present for the first time, work that incorporates both sign and spoken word, these he combined masterfully with his unique visual style. Lady M (Margaret) created and directed by Ramesh was commissioned by Why Not and 1s1 theatre companies – Toronto, Canada. A powerful play inspired by the character of Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it was presented at the Summerworks Festival 2023

Ramesh has continually explored visual styles that allow him to make work entirely accessible while raising awareness of deaf performers and directors. Since moving to Scotland in 2006, he has played an important role in raising awareness of deaf issues and culture to the Scottish theatre community. He was involved in the programme design team for the BA Performance in BSL (British Sign Language) and English at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland where he continues to teach the Visual Theatre module.

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