‘This book is both a practical guide and an eloquent manifesto.’—David Wiles, Professor of Drama, University of Exeter
Drawing on the Four Temperaments, Mike Chase explores the transformative and regenerative power of masks in education, the arts and therapy. Highly illustrated throughout with colour photographs and line drawings, this exciting new book explores the history of the mask, different mask-making techniques and uses, and includes extensive workshop exercises for movement, voice work, games, improvisations and general acting skills. It also looks at the use of masks in therapeutic work. Illustrations by Allmut Ffrench, photography by Louise Stoner and Jane Chase.
Foreword; Introduction; The Background; General Mask Making; Making Masks of the Temperaments; General Mask Using; Using Making Masks of the Four Temperaments and the Neutral; Maps, Improvisations, Games and Exercises; Applications of Temperament Masks in Different Contexts; Stories from Practice; Bibliography
‘Mask exhibits not only a thorough professionalism, but the stamp of a true artist – the willingness and will to keep learning, no matter what stage of development one may have arrived at. It is this humility, combined with expertise, that prompts me to suggest this that this is a work to which readers will return time and again to find new levels of meaning with each new reading.’—Daniel Skinner, New View
About the author
Mike Chase has taught and directed physical theatre, mime and mask at drama colleges and universities for over thirty years. Masks from his studio are used by organisations around the world, including the RSC, the National Theatre, LAMDA, Trestle Theatre, the Welsh National Opera, and Told by an Idiot.