What position does Biomechanical training hold within British theatre and actor training?
(2014) What position does Biomechanical training hold within British theatre and actor training?, no. 42.
This dissertation aims to define the position that Vsevolod Meyerhold's training system, Biomechanics holds within British Theatre and British education today. The thesis will explore the different approaches, availability of training and the demand for Biomechanics in the UK. This will be done through investigating British university drama or acting courses, and British theatre companies who use Biomechanics in the rehearsal room. This study explores the availability of Biomechanics on a British and international basis, the constraints and benefits of the system, and how it could be possible for Biomechanics to be integrated into Britain. Primary research is carried out through interviews with professionals and lecturers within the field. Secondary research is applied in the form of extensive exploration of articles, programme specifications and previous publications within the field of study. The outcome of the study indicates that although Biomechanics is more prominent in British education than theatre, there is clearly scope for it to be integrated into British theatre and education to a greater level.