Northcott Futures Collaborates With Le Navet Bete

Exeter’s favourite funny men Le Navet Bete led a physical theatre masterclass at the Barnfield, part of a series of workshops aimed at developing the next generation of artistic talent in the South West.

Treasured Devon trio Al Dunn, Matt Freeman and Nick Bunt of Le Navet Bete ran a workshop in February that provided theatre makers with a fun and engaging hands-on experience of the techniques used in physical theatre.

Le Navet Bete led the group through a series of playful exercises and games that challenged them to use their bodies to create memorable and entertaining performances. The theatre makers had to sneak up on Nick during a game called ‘Grandmother’s Footsteps’, embody emotions and weather conditions, as well as pretend to be tourists and tour guides.

Fantastic experience – really pushed me out of my comfort zone!” – Physical Theatre Masterclass participant

Promotional photo captured during Northcott Futures Physical Theatre Masterclass. Background: Barnfield Clifford Room. A long black curtain draped three-quarters of the way across the photo, (left to right), covering a cream coloured wall. To the right of the image, a black door. Foreground: A group of performers creep past the camera, looking afraid of what's ahead of them.
Photo by Ralph Whitehead
Promotional photo captured during Northcott Futures Physical Theatre Masterclass. Background: Barnfield Clifford Room. Black curtain. Foreground: Al Dunn, Matt Freeman and Nick Bunt (centre to right) laugh as part of a circle made with other performers (left).
Photo by Ralph Whitehead

This workshop was part of a broader series of masterclasses that we’ve put together this spring to help theatre makers develop their performance skills, gain practical experience, and network with other artists. Our masterclasses cover a wide range of topics, from fundraising to directing, and are led by local industry professionals with extensive experience in their respective fields.

I had a brilliant time. A playful space was set up by the team that gave me confidence to take creative risks. Would definitely recommend.” – Physical Theatre Masterclass participant

Our workshops are a fantastic opportunity to learn about theatre from some of the best in the business. Check out our upcoming masterclasses via the below button.

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