The foundation of the Ensemble’s physical work was an adaptation of sticks exercise Ben developed from workshops with Complicité in 1999.

He adapted them over the following ten years, first to build Ensemble and encourage grounded, simple play; then as a tool to allow for character exploration within the world of the plays.

They were further developed with Rob Gander at the University of Reno, Nevada, then with Passion in Practice, with the actor and movement director Jennifer Jackson, with The Shakespeare Ensemble, and in schools, theatre companies, and community & professional acting workshops around the world.

Photography by Scott Wishart and Aslam Husain

Actor and Master of Movement, Jennifer Jackson, discussing the Sticks during rehearsals for Pericles: Recomposed