Mask Theatre Creation Workshop

Carpet Theatre and Mermaid Arts Centre present

Mask Theatre Creation

A workshop by Pau Ferra (Spain) with Ciarán Taylor

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Dates: 1-4 November 2011 (Tues-Fri)

Times: 10am-4:30pm (3pm on Friday)

Venues: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray (Tues/Wed)

 The Lab, Dublin City Arts Office, Foley St (Thurs/Fri)

There is no charge for the workshop

(participants selected on application)


The workshop will introduce performance skills and practical approaches for the creation of mask theatre. It will open up possibilities for new work in an ancient form; but also help generally with physical characterisation on stage.

We will explore three contrasting mask styles:

  1. Larval Masks: (large partially formed character masks. Silent)
  2. Half-Masks: (also called ‘Comedie Humaine’ masks. Speaking)
  3. Expressive Masks: (full-face character masks. Silent)

This is a practical exploration where you will discover by doing: improvising, creating mask characters and developing scenes.  Costume, objects and music will help us define each style and its inherent possibilities.

Facilitators: Mask specialist Pau Ferra has long experinece of making, performing and training in mask. He has current mask-making commissions with the Catalonia National Theatre, and Barcelona school of theatre, and is completing doctoral studies in mask pedagogy in Barcelona. Pau previously provided training in mask-making for Carpet Theatre in 2010.

The training is supported by Carpet Theatre artistic director Ciarán Taylor as part of his Theatre Artist Residency at Mermaid Arts Centre , and  forms part of a year-long development process for professional mask theatre. Ciarán studied mask with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and created the touring mask play ‘Wheel’. Since 2002 Carpet Theatre has created new and devised work in a range of styles and contexts and has toured in Ireland and abroad, most recently with the bouffon comedy  ‘The Blanch’ in 2010-2011.

Who is it for: Professional actors, dancers, performers. Those with or without mask experience are welcome. A willingness to move and learn in an open spirit of discovery is required.

How to Apply: Please email CV and a few lines about why you are interested to Ciarán Taylor, Enquiries to same address.

The workshop is supported by The Arts Council, Mermaid Arts Centre Theatre Artist Residency, and Dublin City Council Arts Office’s The Lab Incubation Space