Strangeface Workshops

Strangeface runs a series of ‘making’ and ‘using’ workshops, which are designed to introduce the creative potential and playfulness of masks to schools, colleges and other groups. These courses can be used to –

  • create a piece of devised mask theatre
  • provide a resource for generating new ideas
  • make a set of masks for future exploration

Workshops can take place in a venue of your choice. Masks are made on a table top vacuum former. The method is quick, clean and allows a mask to be made in a fraction of the time it takes using other methods, such as papier-mache. The result is a durable lightweight mask with a smooth finish.

Due to the flexible nature of these workshops, prices quoted are meant as a general guide. All of our workshops are ideally suited to groups of approximately 20 students and can be adapted to suit your specific curriculum requirements. Travel and accommodation costs may apply. For more details on workshop options please contact us at [email protected].

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Mask Performance Workshop

From £175 + VAT per 90 minute session

These drama-based workshops are adaptable to suit your needs and timetable. Popular sessions include Introduction to Mask Work, Commedia dell’Arte, Using Half Masks, and Devising with Masks.

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Mask Making: One Day Workshop

£395 + VAT

This one day workshop provides an intensive introduction to masks. After a practical look at what makes a good mask, each member of the group goes on to make their own basic mask. The final part of the afternoon is spent exploring the masks using exercises and improvisation.

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Mask Making: Two Day Workshop

£545 + VAT

Following a practical exploration of different types of mask, the group establishes some basic principles of mask practice and notions of what makes a ‘good’ mask. Each member of the group then makes and paints their own mask. The afternoon of the second day is spent practically exploring masks made.

Mask Making with Worbla: Three Day Workshop

Learn how to use Worbla to make a mask. Participants will learn the principles of designing a good mask, make their design from clay then use Worbla to realise their mask. After painting and adding detail (eyebrows etc) they will spend a fun day learning the principles of mask performance and bring their creations to life.

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Mask Making Residencies

Price on request subject to requirements

Residencies are tailored to the requirements of the group and can be based around specific themes, stories or issues. Groups may use the process to produce a finished piece for performance or as a solid platform to develop further work. A typical example would be a five day residency based on Grimm’s fairy tales, in which the group spends two days making masks going on to devise a piece for performance on the fifth day.

Cup Puppets: One Day Workshop

For 8 – 13 year olds. £395 + VAT

Using very basic materials (paper cups, polystyrene eggs, masking tape and tissue paper) students make a colourful puppet with moving arms and head of their own design. This is a wonderful workshop to encourage creativity, empathy and emotional intelligence. Once their puppet is finished, participants are encouraged to discover the voice and character of their puppet.

Cup Puppets: Two Day Workshop

For 12 year olds and above. £545 + VAT

Using basic materials (paper cups, polystyrene eggs, masking tape and tissue paper) participants have the opportunity to make a puppet with moving arms and head of their own design. The possibilities are endless – Vikings, ninjas, monsters or someone you know! This popular workshop has been used in a drama therapy context as well as with schools and as a holiday activity.

‘A Fantastic workshop! Russell was a hit with students of all ages.  His knowledge and passion for mask work was passed on to students in a fun and creative way, with all students being able to experience what performing in a mask is like for an actor.  The work done with our sixth form students was particularly useful and students went on to gain top masks for their own piece of masked performance.  Highly recommended!’

Fran Humphries, Robert Napier School