Workshops: Berkoff & Physical Theatre

“If you are contemplating booking a workshop my advice would be just do it! George is passionate, knowledgeable, and inspirational. You will see the impact in your students immediately but also it’ll be the best department CPD you’ve done in years!” (Dawn Maymand, Chase Terrace Technology College)

Based upon his experience of working with Steven Berkoff and his own practices as performer, director, teacher and martial artist (he has trained in Kendõ for 25+ years), George Dillon’s 3 hour workshops aim to inspire students, giving them a genuine insight into the aesthetics, methods and techniques – the 10 essential elements – of one of the world’s foremost living theatre practitioners and a real taste of working with a professional theatre-maker.

In the 40 years since he first performed in Berkoff’s East as a student at Manchester University, George Dillon has worked with Steven Berkoff as actor, assistant director, or advisor six times (including as an actor and assistant director on Salomé at the National Theatre) and acted in and/or directed seven more productions of Berkoff’s work. Dillon was awarded a Herald Angel award in Edinburgh for his solo performance of Berkoff’s Graft – Tales of an Actor; directed the world premiere of Berkoff’s Brighton Beach Scumbags; and played Gregor Samsa in a platform performance of Metamorphosis at the National Theatre.

Since 1990, George Dillon has lead over 250 workshops on Berkoff & physical theatre with GCSE and A-level students and also professional actors, and he has recently edited Berkoff’s Director’s Notes on Metamorphosis for DigitalTheatre+ and copyedited Berkoff’s autobiography A World Elsewhere (Routledge, 2019).