Three styles of Workshop available
1.Improvisation and Theatre.
Weekend workshops, 3 days in the beautiful West Cork town of Kinsale,
Lunch and Dinner in local gourmet restaurants,
Friday & Saturday B&B.
*Professional Video and Photographic documentation.
ALL for ONLY €500pp
*20% deposit required two weeks in advance, when booking a weekend workshop
*Group bookings taken for 10+ participants in a private weekend workshop, minimum of one month ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED Booking person free!
Book a workshop experience for your 9 friends and get yours for free!
Other destinations are Thessaloniki Greece, and Warsaw, Poland.
*Accommodation arranged to share, single rooms dependent on availability and advance booking.
Special offers: 10% student/unemployed concession (NB-not in conjunction with other offers)
All workshops, with the exception of Workshop D, are suitable for those with little, or no, experience of performance.
Standard Weekend Agenda:
FRI- B&B Check in, at your leisure, 12pm-5pm. Workshop Registration (10 mins) 4.30-6pm. Meet & Greet Dinner 6.30pm. Workshop intro 8.30pm-10.30pm.
SAT-Breakfast 8.30am. Workshop begins 10am sharp. Lunch 1pm-2.15pm. Afternoon workshop 2.30pm-6pm. Dinner 6pm-7.15pm. Evening workshop, and presentation. 8-10pm. (Then time for the pub to end the day with a bit of craic agus ceoil.)
SUN-Breakfast 10.30am. Workshop begins 12pm sharp. Goodbye ceremony 3pm.
Further details of standard weekend agenda
- B&B Check in, at your leisure, between the hours of 12pm and 6pm. Have a wander around beautiful Kinsale for the day.
- Workshop Registration 4.30-6pm. This will take less than ten minutes.
- Meet & Greet Dinner 6,30-8pm.
- Workshop intro begins 8.30pm and finishes at 10.30pm.
- Breakfast 8.30am at your B&B.
- Workshop begins 10am sharp.
- Lunch 1pm-2.15pm at local restaurant.
- Afternoon workshop 2.30pm-6pm.
- Dinner 6pm-7pm at local restaurant.
- Evening workshop, and presentation. 7.30pm-10.30pm. You will present a goup performance to an invited audience, and recieve feedback.
- Time for the pub to end the day with a bit of craic agus ceoil. We will find the best music, you pay for your own drinks. We take NO responsibility for your hangover, and therefore will make no allowances for it in the final workshop, other than a slightly later start.
- Breakfast 10.30am at your B&B.
- Workshop begins 12pm sharp. This workshop primarily is about giving closure to the process, recapping on the skills learnt, documenting the feedback from participants. The final session is meditative in quality, and designed to allow reinforcement of the positive, and resolution of the negative, as aspects of the experience. Final thoughts are shared.
- Lunch and Goodbye ceremony 3pm.
This is an intensive but fun adult workshop, the experience level of participants is not a pre-requisite, as the workshop is designed to quickly create an even playing field for the inexperienced and the experienced actor. The methodologies used are amalgamated from theories of Stanislavsky, Boal, Adler, Grostowski, Brook, Artaud, and contemporary Physical Theatre practitioners with layers of improvisation and character building. If this sounds like a lot, don't worry, it has already been channeled into a clear and concise methodology by your facilitator, so while you may recognise the theories in the practise, you are not required to pass a test.
The facilitator Yvonne Coughlan holds an MA in theatre and drama from University College Cork, as well as ten years professional experience in theatre and short film, and regular participation in performance workshops. She will teach with an open heart, a challenging mind and a great deal of patience and understanding, and will also introduce guest professionals in the arts to the workshop, for short instruction modules in Physical Theatre practises.
The workshop is aimed at beginners, though we feel it will be of benefit to actors of all experience levels. The experience will be well documented in terms of photographic and video evidence, as well as a written report for those who wish to advance their performance career, but will also be of great value as a once off alternative holiday experience.
A short performance is devised, as part of the programme.
You don't need to worry about what you know or don't know, this is not a discussion group, it is an active creative workshop, where your input is respected and appreciated. Do it! This will be an experience worth having. Expect a great deal of movement, a minimum of sitting about, a maximum of creative inspiration, some gourmet food, lovely people, and a whole lot of fun. Whether you are experimenting, or advancing your performance career, this is the workshop for you. With a sensational amount of work and play packed into one day, you will have quality memories, as well as professionally created photographs and video to relive the experience forever.
Workshop D: Advanced Workshop
Aimed at those with previous performance experience, and therefore a short CV of experience, and a letter describing your motivations for participating in this workshop is requested with application.
Email us with your request for application form : firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance Workshop; Fri, Sat, Sun Electric Picnic. Sept. 2009.
2. Connections-Make a film in 4 days
Here's a fun pre-production blooper reel, from one of our Greek project locations; Fix in Art.
This collaborative process moves from-concept to screening of a short film-in ONLY four days. You can be part of this project. Let's change the world together, by being creative together!
Lifetime Lab in Cork.
Email Yvonne for more information on how your group, or you as an individual, can avail of this great workshop: email@example.com
3. HARMONY-song creation workshop (2 hours)
- Workshop €600 in Cork area for up to 25 participants. (Travel expenses additional outside of County Cork.)
PARTICIPANT NOTES for Physical theatre workshops
Bio May 2021: Yvonne Coughlan, MA Theatre and Drama studies, UCC, founded her company RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) in 2006, and has co-created and directed arts participatory projects in short film and theatre, site specific theatre projects; inter-disciplinary performances, festival installations, and community arts events. She has produced live performances, radio podcasts, and art films, in Ireland with international creatives, as well as, on location in England, Scotland, Greece, Poland, Norway and Australia. Prominent Cork heritage locations have also provided memorable settings for her work, such as Blackrock Castle, Fota House and Gardens, The Old Cork Waterworks, and Cork City Gaol, where the first RSVP production of Yvonne’s writing The Haunted History Tours, began in 2007. Though her heart lies with the artistic direction of the performer on screen or stage, or in workshop training, she is also a film producer and casting director, with award winners such as, An Étude in Art her own experimental work, and short film 3 Friends, an adaptation of the work of Colm Tobín, directed by Michael Moody Culpepper, among her music video, experimental film, and documentary film projects. She is the producer of annual Cork events; the Cork Martial Arts Promotions awards ceremony, and McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition. Further positions held are production manager at promotional film company VisitorFlix International, and Creative Producer with InFlightflix International, the Inflight destination video guide. She also volunteers as Cork South West co-ordinator with the National Campaign for the Arts, and as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Firkin Crane dance theatre. Her award winning short screenplay, Regret, is the next production that she looks forward to for 2021. Facilitation of workshops is a skill that she has become renowned for both artistically and as a community builder. Yvonne has developed her methods through education and a blend of artistic imagination, experiential skills, a kind hearted patient nature, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to at all times also be the learner, as well as the teacher.
PROGRESSION OF THE WORK by Yvonne Coughlan (Physical theatre)
Improvisation and how it works. Theatre Workshop. Dramat Society. University College Cork, Ireland. April 2004.
Lights Up. Series of workshops designed to examine new writing, without full production. Fourteen actors performed and commented on the writing. Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland. August 2004.
Yvonne advanced her work as a participant:
- Goat Island Intensive. Performance Workshop. Triskel Arts Center. 2005.
- Performance Art Workshop. Facilitated by Marilyn Arsem. Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland. Jan 2008.
- Physical Theatre Workshop (inset) with Sergei Ostrienko, I.U.G.T.E. Malpils, Latvia. March 2008.
Improvisation in Drama. Theatre Workshop. Commissioned by Irish Green Gathering. Festival. Wexford, Ireland. 12 August, 2008.
Performance Workshop. Permaculture themes examined. Commissioned by Earth Spirit (Body and Soul), Electric picnic. Festival. Stradbally, Ireland. Fri, Sat, Sun, 4pm-6.15pm. September 2009. The theme is examined and workshopped by the participants culminating with a 15min public performance.
Yvonne advanced her work as a participant:
*3 month course; yoga/meditation (inset). Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School. Haa Course Center, Southern Sweden. Jan 20-April 17, 2010.
Actor Workshops; three days, 10am-5pm. Commissioned by producer of feature film, The Vein Within director Philip A. McCarthy. Hawthorne Productions. We Made This. Community Rooms. Douglas St. Cork. June 2010.
Inset Noelle O'Regan. Pic. Jessie Mae Winchester
Aaargh. Say it like you really want to
Performed by Noelle O Regan. 30 minute one-woman performance piece. Created with performer in a workshop style environment. Physical Theatre. The Roundy. Trash Culture Revue. Premier June 2010. Repeat performances 17-20 August 2010.
Performance workshop. Adult. Engage, Bandon Arts Festival. 2-4pm 25 Sept. 2010.
Yvonne advanced her work as a participant:
JOLT/Theatre Club Workshop. Grace Dyas & Barry O' Conner. Experimental theatre; used to develop Narrative without Dialogue. Studio Theatre, The Town Hall, Galway. 14th April 2012
Diary moment from Narrative without Dialogue 18 Apr, 2012.
Yesterday and today was all about re-arranging, because I'm injured. Bad fall Sunday, so laid up with bruised ribs, sprained left ankle and sprained right foot. I have to say it, ‘the show must go on’, so its rehearsal time tomorrow, and I'm really looking forward to it, directors chair for me. My five wonderful workshop performers Mairead, Katrina, Rosie, Mark and Andrew will work with me to create the ten minutes that Andrew will present on Saturday. Barry's comment about the idea of taking language out of the performance, as being so violent, is very strong in my thoughts about the work tomorrow, and in terms of writing it in an autobiographical way Grace, that is something I intend to delve more deeply into during our week at the Theatre Development Center. I did write an opening before we left the space on Saturday, so there is a lot of material swirling around in my head, but I know that it will find focus once I have some performers to collaborate with. I’m looking at fear, and the lies it tells me. I’m looking at language and the things I’m afraid to say. I’m picking up all sorts of little shreds of what language means to me, and remembering how important words are, how they can affect us.
1. "There is a unique destiny for each person. Each one of us has something to do here that can be done by no one else. It is in the depths of your life that you will discover the invisible necessity that has brought you here. When you begin to decipher this, your gift and giftedness come alive. Your heart quickens and the urgency of living rekindles your creativity." ~ John O'Donohue
2. To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.~ Buddha.
Narrative without Dialogue. Theatre without words; work in progress. With music provided by Eat my Noise for project development. Residency in Corcadorca Theatre Development Center, Cork. 23-27 April, 2012. 30 minute narrative developed and performed, for audience feedback. Film documentation last due to file corrosion, devastated. Narrative without Dialogue. Take link to updates on TDC site.
We envelop you in a story without words, don't be afraid of the noise. An experiment in theatrical presentation; telling a story without language, thus allowing the work to travel internationally. Work in progress. 30 minute narrative developed and performed, for audience feedback.
Residency in Corcadorca Theatre Development Center, Cork. 23-27 April, 2012.
Telling a story without language, without words, without dialogue. With our collaborating composers Peter Power and David Duffy of Eat my Noise we make the soundscape interesting for a blind audience, full of music and sound, yet we are not dependent on audio to convey our story, ensuring it remains accessible to a deaf audience. Participant performers Andrew Monaghan, Rosie O’Regan, Mark Cosgrave, Katrina Foley, Mairead O’Donoghue and Kate Grew.
Sir John Benson. A youth theatre project in association with Lifetime Lab. Commemorating the 200 year anniversary of Benson's birth. May-Sept. 2012. Performance for Culture Night 21 Sept. 2012.
Yvonne advanced her work as a participant:
The Art of Comedy. Simon Edwards of The Actor's Space, Barcelona. The Workshop @Sample Studios, Cork City. Fri 23rd-Sun 25th November, 2012.
Circus Factory, Albert Quay, Cork City.
Yvonne advanced her work as a performer/ producer:
We all mourn part of The Gathering-RSVP. Contemporary dance installation with choreographer Martin A. David. Created in workshop style environment. 23 July 2013.Film presentation 3rd and 4th August at Kinsale Regatta 2013.
Sample Format for 2 hour workshop.
Sample Format for full day workshop.
FUNCTIONS OF THE WORKSHOP
Workshops available at RSVP
Community workshops- All ages; adult and children
-specifically tailored for schools as an innovative interactive teaching tool.
-2 hour improv performance, half day, full day for groups and festivals. Themed to your requirements.
-team building and customer relations half days, full days, 2 hour rapid action pack, or weekends tailored for your company's requirements.
Additional packages for festivals, community groups, and private functions.
Workshop packages designed to suit your requirements
-drama, voice, improvisation, performance, team building, social skills, communication skills, people management skills.
GENERAL PRICING STRUCTURES
Everyone wants to know how long is a piece of workshop string, so here is a starting point for our conversation about how much your workshop costs:
Schools- per facilitator (interactive teaching); 40 minute @100; 80minute @120; Half day (3hr) @160.
Corporate-Team building and customer relations per facilitator at your company venue;
2hour rapid action pack @120. Half day @160. Full day @300.
We can also offer weekends tailored for your company's requirements.
Arrangements will be made for food and accommodation, as well as relevant excursions.
NB. Travel and accommodation costs for facilitators are added for locations outside of County Cork.
RSVP group workshops suggested Per Person:
@30 for 2 ½ hour workshop
@50 half day workshop (4hrs)
@90 full day inc. lunch/dinner
@150 2 day Workshop inc. Friday evening meet and greet tea-party; Saturday Lunch;
@200 Weekend Workshop inc. Friday meet and greet tea-party; Saturday Lunch & Dinner; Sunday Lunch;
@350 for 5 days, Mon-Fri inc. lunch/dinner daily & Friday evening Cocktails & Canapes
We also offer workshops where arrangements are made for accommodation, excursions, professional photographic documentation, professional video documentation, additional facilitators.
Prices vary accordingly.
*Payment (or 10% non-refundable deposit) for all workshops, 10 days in advance.