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The Style

Led by P. Adam Walsh

When & Where

26 Jan – 23 Feb 2008


Four dynamic workshops led by one of the stars of the 2007 Hong Kong Arts FestivalWatch movie online Logan (2017)

Actor/director P. Adam Walsh led participants in four workshops designed to free the actor.

JoshParticipants learned, in four 4.5-hour workshops, the basic principles of Commedia dell Arte and applied them to a contemporary style and method of acting compiled from improvisation, “state” work, and a series of exercises designed to allow and inspire each individual to be physically, emotionally, and mentally “open” and “free”. Participants learned how to make strong choices while engaged on the stage, and how to shed self-conscious constraints that hinder true artistic expression.

In all periods of Western culture since the Renaissance, Commedia dell’Arte has been a conscious or subconscious presence. Using sexually challenging language and physical comedy, Commedia pokes fun at elements of society’s respectable values by means of exaggerated styles and insightful character traits. The stock characters of Arlecchino (Harlequin), Colombina, il Dottore, il Capitano, il Magnifico (Pantalone), and Pulchinella can be found in music, visual arts, dance, and theatre as themselves or as inspiration for specific characters.

About the Workshop Leader

P. Adam Walsh has directed plays in New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. His most recent projects include Gulliver’s Travels, Pericles on The High Seas, and the new one-act play, Soldiering On. As an actor, he’s spent 6 years with The Actors’ Gang Theatre in LA, performing in 1984, Tartuffe, Embedded, Mephisto, Alagazam, and Little.

The Actor’s Gang came to Hong Kong for the 2007 Arts Festival, and Adam received great acclaim for his portrayal of Winston in 1984, under the direction of Hollywood legend, Tim Robbins.

Prior to his work with The Gang, he was an actor on many stages in Seattle and Chicago, including The Famous Door Theatre, The North West Asian American Theater, Printers’ Devil Theatre, and Theater Schmeater.

Film and television work includes Strong Medicine, Citizen Baines and the independent film Still Doing the Safety Dance. He currently resides in HK with his wife Caliopie.