Review: Mask: Making, Using and Performing by Mike Chase

Mask front cover

This review was published in the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain‘s newsletter, Summer 2017, volume 94.

The work of Mike Chase will be familiar to many in connection with his mask making for the Mystery Drama productions and, more recently, for his remarkable drama therapy work in a high security prison. The title adds that the work is “inspired by the four temperaments, for use in workshops, performance and therapy”. Beginning with a helpful background of the historical uses of mask in drama, the author describes in careful detail how to create masks, which leads on to creating masks for the four temperaments in the appropriate colours. He then describes how these can be worked with using simple exercises and improvisations, many of which will be familiar to drama students, but used here in the context of employing the masks and working with the temperaments. These are for use in various contexts from theatre productions to drama therapy. Although of a specialist nature, the book nonetheless is a helpful guide to how one might work with the temperaments in other workshop situations. It is clear and readable and highly recommended to anyone interested in these fields.

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Review: Form Drawing and Colouring by Angela Lord

A new review of Form Drawing and Colouring, from the The Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain Newsletter Newsletter, volume 94, March 2017. This one got lost in a pile of magazines in our office for a little while, but it was wonderful to find it! Many thanks to Margaret Jonas for the review.

Form Drawing and Colouring cover

This is a companion volume to the colourful series of form drawing books intended more for children. Here we find patterns inspired by Celtic, Moorish, Native American and Buddhist designs. They are very simply presented with a few dots to start off with and examples of how to develop the forms are then given. One needs only coloured pencils and a ruler to proceed. Colouring books for adults have become very popular and are sold in order to relieve stress so it is good to see on that is developed from the creative form drawing taught in Waldorf schools. A short text encourages one to get started and informs the reader of the benefits to be gained and the thick paper makes it possible to draw in the book itself. The layout and colours are very pleasing and both adults and children should have little difficulty in working through the designs. It is altogether a very clear and pleasing book.

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