Physical theatre is a broad term encompassing works with elements of movement, dance, mime, acrobatics, dance-theatre, clowning, stylised actions and gestures, circus, mask, and more. While recognised as a form on its own, physical theatre can also involve aspects of other recognised styles such as Commedia dell’Arte, performance poetry, cabaret, musical theatre and more. Critical to the genre is the human body being at the centre of the action and the ability to communicate meaning and a story to an audience. Emphasis is on movement than rather spoken text. – Justin Cash
Physical Theatre Companies London
Internationally acclaimed Frantic Assembly of the UK, who present thrilling physical theatre.
Website of British-based Gecko physical theatre company.
Website of London-based international touring company Complicité with useful resources.
DV8 are a renowned British-based physical theatre company.
Physical Theatre Companies Australia
Website of Australian-based Fling Physical Theatre, a youth organisation.
Website for Sydney-based Legs on the Wall company which practices in this form.
Zen Zen Zo is a critically acclaimed Australian-based physical theatre company from Brisbane.
Physical Theatre Companies America
Website of New York-based PUSH theatre.
Double Edge Theatre is an American-based physical theatre company.
Article outlining thirteen of the world’s best-known companies of this form.
Physical Theatre Teaching Resources
Excellent student resources on this form from BBC Bitesize.
Excellent unit of work developed for students in the UK curriculum with warmups, games, exercise and extended activities.
Great unit of work “Approaches to Teaching in the Style of Frantic Assembly” with warms ups, exercises and various student tasks.
Series of PowerPoints detailing a Year 8 physical theatre unit for the classroom.
A Drama classroom unit of work suitable for Year 8 students – involves viewing a performance, responding appropriately, and developing and performing their own devised piece (DOCX).
Wikipedia entry including common elements and the genre’s modern form.
An introductory article on the form suitable for students.
Lesson plan for physical acting from BYU Theatre Education.