Idle Motion have a strong commitment to creating accessible visual theatre which can be enjoyed by all. We met at The Cherwell School, Oxford and it was through our shared experience of exciting and invigorating theatre lessons that we were spurred on to become a professional theatre company. As a result passing on this same experience of theatre through our educational activities is at the heart of what we do.
Idle Motion have been running workshops for over 4 years both nationally and internationally to a range of ages and abilities from primary school to secondary school, theatre professionals and INSETs for drama teachers.
Our workshops, which can run from 1 hour to a full day, draw on the exercises and techniques that we use in our own creative process to look at playful and innovative routes into devised and physical theatre, drawing on skills such as storytelling, verbatim text, puppetry and object manipulation; and physical characterisation and improvisation.
We also offer workshops which are specific to particular shows, giving participants an intimate insight into how we create our own work. These can be paired with students seeing the show therefore offering them an opportunity to explore how these exercises can be developed in different ways and put into practice when devising theatre .
We prefer not to work on a 'one workshop fits all' basis however and therefore are happy to tailor around the current syllabus or requirements of the groups we work with.
For more information regarding workshops and for prices and availability please contact our Education and Outreach Co-ordinator Sophie: sophie (at) idlemotion.co.uk
As an experienced teacher with 20 years of inset experience behind him, I can say, it is the very best I have ever been to. The ideas we worked with are immediate, specific and relevant – everything I want to take away with me.
Brendan Benson, St Margaret’s School
This was a truly inspirational day. The imagination and freedom of the workshop was a true eye-opener. I would highly recommend Idle Motion to everyone.
Tim Fessler, ex Head of Drama at St Thomas More Catholic School
The workshops were superbly delivered – purposeful, fun, engaging and inspiring. But above all, there is a clear understanding of what it is like to be a student. The workshop leaders are genuinely passionate about teaching and making theatre with young people.
Gavin Henry, Drama teacher at Sevenoaks School, Kent
It was great to have such a talented bunch of young people, to whom our students felt they could relate. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any school or college to have Idle Motion in to work with their pupils.
Julia Crossley, Drama teacher at Bradfield College