A Prudent Man: “Playing The Villain” Workshop
From Shakespeare to Disney, we’re all familiar with the more classic “baddies”. But how do you create a contemporary villain for today’s Netflix generation?
In this 90-minute workshop, Lyall Brooks will take participants through games, discussions, practical exercises, and both group and solo performance examples to ask: What makes a modern villain? Where does the line between villain and antihero blur? What are the new archetypes?
Prepare to think. Prepare to be silly. Prepare to be challenged.
This workshop has been delivered to drama students from years 9 to 12 across several states, prompting vigorous discussion and igniting ideas back in the classroom.
It can be – and has been – tailored to each school’s specific learning goals, future outcomes, or timeframes. For example, a 120-minute “In Their Shoes” variation was delivered to a Year 11/12 class at the beginning of a core unit on self-devised monologues. It included exercises and discussions, as well as creation and sharing time.