Current Workshops


THE RED NOSE ACADEMY’S 9th - 20th July2012


Mask-work is a misunderstood and often maligned topic in our drama schools. But masks take us to the heart of acting and theatre making.

This is a course designed to give you skills and processes in playing mask and to equip you to explore mask-work for yourself, in your own work.

School for Masks investigates three questions: How do masks work? How can you devise with masks? And finally: What can mask-work teach us about acting?

We will focus our work on modern half mask and on full mask. We will explore masks that are worse than life, better than life, like life and not like life at all.

School for Masks is ideal for actors, directors, writers, students, theatre makers and teachers, in fact for anyone who wishes to better understand theatre and performance.

We are delighted that John has decided to return to Manchester to lead School for Masks. Anyone who participated on last years clown course knows what an inspirational teacher he is.

For those of you that were unable to attend last year here is a bit about John.

John Wright is an internationally renowned teacher and director. He has taught workshops all over the world and his book " Why is that so funny?" is a must buy for actors, directors, students and teachers. John was a founder member of the acclaimed theatre companies, Trestle and Told by an Idiot.

His version of Dr. Faustus with IIIParty won the Peter Brook Award and Coal Theatres Fragility of X won a spirit of the fringe award at the Edinburgh festival.

He is currently working on a new book provisionally titled "Acting without the bullshit."

Dates: 9th - 20th July2012 (Rest day Sunday 15th)

Venue: Tbc but will be in or near Central Manchester

Time: 10 - 5 daily


£300 Early Bird/ Concessions (Concession rate applies to students/ unwaged. Early bird payment due by 9th April)

£330 Full Price

For more information or details of how to pay please contact