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Masks and shoes

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Drama and theatre are often associated with the wearing of masks which originated from Greek theatre where actors had to wear masks in order to be seen in a large amphitheatre. In this context, they helped the huge audience connect and empathise with the emotions being played out.

In workshops we use masks or hats to show the students different emotions but the most powerful tool of all is a pair of shoes. When you can walk the way someone else does, you learn very quickly the sense of being in their body and mind. This really helps develop empathy which is so essential to an actor but also to a caring human being. We hope that our future students will be part of a world where empathy and understanding can be celebrated.

The picture above comes from the play ‘Stones in his Pocket’ where two actors played fifteen characters – denoted by the shoes.