Patrizia Paolini’s Practical programme

Friday 21 July | 17:00 – 19:30

Would you like to find your creative and performative self and learn how to use it?

Join the series of 6 two and a half hours lessons that comprise Patrizia Paolini’s Practical Program in March.

The program is a direct way of exploring and combining different theatre and performance techniques to generate, shape and perform material using your imagination, your body and your mind.

If you are a natural comedian or straight man, this practical program will help you discover your creative and performative potential, and advise you on how and where to use it.

Tickets £15

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Patrizia will guide you to explore your imagination, body and mind while creating your own performance. Informed by her own creative method and experience, her practical lessons will include elements of:


Through theatre games and basic character exercises, you’ll enjoy the process of acting. You will also build your confidence, meet new people and discover your potential. Improvisation helps you to focus on greater levels of truth and being in the moment.

Devising – theatre and performance

Enjoy using a variety of approaches to working collaboratively towards performance. Devising creates the whole world of the performance from scratch. It’s the method of creation used by some of today’s most important theatre makers including Theatre de Complicite, Ridiculusmus, Punchdrunk, Forced Entertainment and Robert Lepage.

Drama in action

Designed to create a fun and interactive environment for playing with acting skills where the participants will be able to contribute each week to the experience of drama in discussion and performance

What will Patrizia cover?

  • Theatre/improvisation games
  • Establishing and developing characters and relationships
  • Exploring and developing imaginative situations
  • Exploring and utilising environments, real or imagined.
  • Building and developing scenes.
  • Understanding how a show is devised and the steps that make up that process
  • Identify starting points for devising
  • Develop the skills that let you build physical and textual material from those starting points
  • Understanding and practicing acting skills


Patrizia’s career is rooted in physical theatre, her practice informed by a diverse collection of influences including Lecoq, Bausch and Complicite. As a solo performer she has generated an impressive body of work comprising numerous experimental one-off cabaret outings and theatre shows such as What Else? (Oval House), Where Are You From? (Oval House, CPT, tour of Northern Ireland and NY). She has collaborated with other solo performers, e.g. on At Times It Is Like This, with Federica Fassari, which toured Italy and played at Theatre 504, BAC and Ipswich Festival. There have also been collaborations with Wishbone, Dende Collective and the multi award-winning Ridiculusmus, with whom she’s a long-term collaborator, receiving a ‘Significant Contribution’ award from Total Theatre in 2014. Patrizia has devised, directed and produced several works supported by Oval House and BAC, where she has been a supported artist, and since 1996 has received regular Arts Council project funding. In 2012 she founded the theatre ensemble Jesus Paolini Park, (JPP) creating a show called Phantasmagoria (BAC, Exeter, Croydon Festival). Under her direction the ensemble is currently devising Why Do We Dance? This is a piece that pushes physicality to its limits through a marathon non-stop dance. Parallel to her practice she has led workshops in performance for all ages, abilities and identities, through the British Council in Malawi, and throughout the UK, in venues ranging from village halls in Dorset to colleges in Northern Ireland. She taught physical theatre, movement and improvisation at the Method Studio, London, for over six years and has been a visiting lecturer at UEL, Central, and a range of theatre schools.