Grand Guignol: Theatre of Laughter and Terror

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Photos by Teresa Rehmann
Grand Guignol, also called “theatre of laughter and terror”, was the morbid delight of theatre-goers in France for 60 years. Grand Guignol productions consisted of innocent victims, insanity, crime, revenge and gruesome special effects. Today, Grand Guignol is making a comeback… with a vengeance!
Students will step into a world of fierce physical work, psychological madness and heightened stakes. They will concoct effects, such as foaming at the mouth, blood squirting, eye gouging and face burning!
Not for the faint of heart!
Recommended ages: 16 and up
Warnings: Workshop does not shy away from discussing/enacting violence.
Students will make effects; cleaning supplies and grubby t-shirt are required for classes.