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31 July – 9th August 2019

Lisbon, Portugal

Just like with the violin or piano, we must learn to play our instrument – in this case, the human body.

During the summer of 2019, 31st July to 9th August, the International School of Play will offer a 9 day intensive theatre workshop, bringing together 2 international teachers whose aim is to explore, expand and refine the human impulse to create on stage, through body, voice and imagination.

The setting is sunny Lisbon, a vibrant, picturesque and inspirational city located alongside the Portuguese coast.

The workshop caters for all levels, be you an actor, dancer, singer, or someone wishing to further explore their artistic potential within the field of theatre.

Location: Principe Real/Bairro Alto (Lisbon)

Theatre is PLAY

This workshop is an invitation for technique to sit alongside anarchaic freedom.

We will use our bodies to represent and transform the dynamics of the world, with and without text. We will free the natural voice and explore it’s potential through the use of word and movement. We will introduce masks to explore character space, and seek what aspects of our universal individuality allows us to be in service to art.

Our workshop will inhabit the following paradox – technique is lifeless without pleasure and passion, and yet artistic creation often demands the directed perspective of technique to frame our play. It is here where we will nourish our poetic urge to tell stories of, and to, the world.

It is here that we will create theatre.

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play"

Heraclitus 500 BC

Meet the teachers

The workshop focuses on play, movement and body

John Mowat

Awakening the Body

  • Communicating ideas visually
  • Use of the body, relating to others and the performance space.
  • Integration of the visual with the spoken word
  • Developing character, focusing on the physical
  • Character interaction and story telling
John was born and brought up in London, where he still occasionally lives. His career in the theatre began in 1980 when he performed his first solo show. As a performer and director his highly visual style of comedy has toured in over 50 countries throughout the world. Mowat continues to work on a variety of projects, dividing his time between Portugal, Brazil and the UK.

Samuel Meyler

Awakening the Play

  • Exploration of the poetic body
  • Games and improvisation in service of play
  • Using the dynamics of movement to enter into the comic territories
  • Character exploration through masks

Samuel was born in Lisbon, but grew up mainly in Ireland. From a young age, he was obsessed with juggling and play. Later he discovered physical theatre, which brought him to work extensively with Norman Taylor and then at the Ecole Lassaad in Belguim. He underwent further training at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. He also holds a Ph.D. in the performing arts. In Ireland he co-founded and directed StageCraft Ireland, a circus and physical theatre company. In Portugal he teaches physical theatre in a variety of professional theatre schools and universities.

"To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it."

Charlie Chaplin


early bird / until 31st May 2019



Regular fee / after 31st May 2019




A deposit of 150 euro, non-refundable, is required to reserve a place – you can pay

the remaining balance on the first day of the workshop

This fee does not include accomodation or food during your stay in Lisbon 

To reserve your place, please fill out this application form

*Note: To avail of the early bird fee, the full amount must be received by the 31st of May





“The play is the thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king”


William Shakespeare; Hamlet


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