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Free Theatre Christchurch (est. 1979) is New Zealand's longest running producer of experimental theatre. The professional company serves as an interdisciplinary performance laboratory where artists work together to create innovative, high quality, performance work

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Don’t be a square. Join us this Friday for an Ubu Night which explores the countercultural world of The Beat Generation. In Christchurch's exciting new contemporary performance space, The Gym, the Free Theatre company will inhabit words, music and performances of angelheaded hipsters such as Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Cassidy, Kyger and Vollmer. As they weave their yarns and burn for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo, a hip concoction of Jazz and Moroccan cuisine will be on offer.
Friday 27th March. From 6pm. Free Entry.
In other news, the Education Programme continues to develop apace. We hosted Bromley School for a puppet-making workshop this week as part of the Christchurch City Council's Kids2Town initiative. Continuing our successful collaboration with Whole House Reuse, puppets were created from parts of a red-zoned house and then took the stage (a re-purposed shower from the house). It was great fun! The puppets will go on display at the Canterbury Museum in June.
 
Coming up in The Gym: see info below about our Pataphysical Theatre Classes for kids and teenagers and this Saturday morning's voice workshop with the Free Theatre Ensemble. We're also really looking forward to hosting the Jazz & Blues Festival in The Gym, April 7-12.
WORKSHOP: Free Theatre Voice Workshop
VENUE: The Gym, Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard
DATE: Saturday 28th March
TIME: 10am – 12pm

COST: $15

“I believe that in training actors, most errors are committed in the area of vocal exercises. The misunderstanding begins with the problem of breathing.” Acclaimed twentieth-century director Jerzy Grotowski wrote this near the end of his life, after a career devoted to interrogating and exploring the art of theatrical expression. 

This week’s adult workshop in The Gym will take up Grotowski’s provocation, exploring the breath and the voice as fundamental but overlooked mediums of expression in performance and in life. 

This workshop will be led by Free Theatre ensemble member Emma Johnston, a classically-trained singer who has been experimenting with voice since first working with the company in 2000. Emma tutored in the Theatre and Film Studies programme at the University of Canterbury from 2004-2012, and has recently completed a PhD exploring Experimental Voice in Avant-Garde Performance. 
 
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