Yennadon House

Theatre and Landscape 2017

£500.00

If you are looking for a special creative experience, one that combines intensive and enjoyable artistic activity with good company, good food and attractive and peaceful surroundings, then you should try Theatre and Landscape.

You don’t need any special skills – you don’t need to have done any theatre before – you just need a willingness to enter enthusiastically into creative and collaborative work. Creative and fun, Theatre and Landscape will leave you invigorated, refreshed, inspired and wanting more.

This is what happens. We visit woods, moors, ancient monuments, islands, beaches, castles, and all sorts of other environments. Sometimes we create performances in those environments themselves (although never for an outside audience – the only spectators are the other participants). At other times our visits provide a stimulus for creating theatre back at our base.

The work will not be confined to “acting” in any restricted sense. There will also be opportunities for writing, visual art, group-devising, movement, voice work, and installation-making. Rather than teaching any particular discipline or technique, we want to bring out the artist in people and provide structures and stimuli that allow people’s artistic powers and interests to develop. Previous performing (or any other kind of) experience is not necessary, but a willingness to plunge wholeheartedly into collaborative work is of course essential. We think the course will appeal to artists of any level of experience and in any medium (dancers, writers, musicians, storytellers, visual artists, actors, singers) and to people in any walk of life, who enjoy doing, or would like to do, collaborative and creative work, whether they think of themselves as artists or not!

The work will be varied – ranging from warm-ups, exercises and excursions with the whole group, to work in small groups, pairs and solos.

The accommodation consists of shared rooms (mostly twins) allocated on a single-sex basis. We can accommodate some couples. All the accommodation is of a good standard and very comfortable.

The food is all prepared on site and is of a very high standard. It is predominantly vegetarian, though not necessarily vegan, but there are some options for omnivores!

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Theatre and Landscape 2017 takes place in Dartmoor – an extremely impressive wilderness in South Devon, surrounded by wooded river valleys and pretty villages.

We’ve got lots of interesting site visits lined up, including a visit to beautiful Cotehele House – a fascinating Jacobean mansion with wonderful gardens, orchards, parkland and so on. It’s actually slightly outside the Moor itself on the River Tamar in East Cornwall. In deepest Dartmoor itself there’s a monumental Bronze Age settlement called Grimspound – very awe-inspiring and mysterious as its name suggests – Sherlock Holmes hides out there in The Hound of the Baskervilles. We’ll be visiting that and creating performances there.
We’ll be visiting another remote spot: Black-A-Tor Copse, one of three high altitude ancient oak woodlands on Dartmoor. Places of supreme ecological importance. Again very atmospheric with amazing trees and plants. And we’ll be taking you to The Lydford Gorge – where the River Lyd has cut through the rocks creating swirling cataracts and remarkable rock formations, one of which is called The Devil’s Cauldron. There’s a wonderful waterfall there too, called The White Lady.

Our accommodation – Yennadon House – is a big attraction in its own right. It’s a large and impressive Victorian mansion, set in two acres of grounds with its own orchard and tennis court.

It will be a very nice and comfortable place for eating, sleeping, doing music and generally hanging out, but also a stimulating environment for the creative work itself.

On top of all this, the food will be very good and the company very convivial.

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