Edward Lewis, U.K 2017
Edward Lewis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, holds degrees from The Open, Lancaster and Cambridge universities, and has undertaken Forum Theatre training with Augusto Boal. He has written and directed for the stage a number of adaptations of novels including Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Huxley’s Brave New World, Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend and Barnaby Rudge and Emile Zola’s Nana. His most recent commissioned work is a physical theatre adaptation of Pushkin’s The Blizzard, performed in Russian by the DOM Dance Company, St Petersburg, Russia under his direction. Dividing his time between Britain and abroad, Edward combines university teaching and applied drama practice with theatre work as director, writer and actor. Until the military situation in the region made it impossible for him to remain in Iraq, he was leading a new drama programme at Soran University in Kurdistan, and he is now Associate Lecturer in Theatre at Falmouth University, Cornwall.
Adapting poetry and song lyrics into theatrical form.
The sources of contemporary theatrical performances are many and varied and provide the opportunity to uncover added dimensions in non-theatrical art forms. These can vary from novels, short-stories, painting and sculpture to poetry and song lyrics. Using a variety of techniques these workshops will provide an opportunity for the participants to fuse physical and vocal performance in the collective creation of short performance pieces based on songs and poems. Sessions will be conducted in English, using English language source material.