This Spring, the National Theatre Drama School opens its doors to primary and secondary school students wanting to explore a career in acting or to develop their imaginations and express themselves creatively.

This four day intensive is an energetic,  fun and challenging  immersion in Physical Theatre.  Led by Zen Zen Zo’s Associate Director Gina Tay Limpus,  students will explore Physical Theatre Basics, Viewpoints and Devising.  These workshops deliver excellence, discipline, and a tool-belt of theatrical skills. 

It’s a time to share, reflect, challenge and transform!

Suitable for children Junior (9-13) and Senior (14-17).


A series of exciting and challenging exercises which introduce the key performance skills of Energy, Focus, Physical and Ensemble Awareness. This is a must-do introduction to the wonderful world of physical theatre and will lay a perfect foundation for strong, dynamic performance work.


The Viewpoints is an extremely fun and dynamic training & creation method that connects ensemble by awakening students’ instincts through impulse work & play. It also provides a brilliant shared language from which to work when discussing & creating theatre. we were the first practitioners to bring the Viewpoints from the USA to Australia (in ’98) – learn from the original experts in this field!


Students explore the language and methodologies for devising drawing from the Viewpoints system, culminating in the creation of a short, dynamic physical theatre piece. The skills they gain will enable them to independently devise their own work with confidence in the future

Senior 14-17 yrs| 4 days | 9:30am-4:30pm | $550

Junior 9-13 yrs | 4 days | 9:30am-4:30pm | $550

*Age groups are indicative – groups will be finalised based on enrolments.

Places strictly limited to 20 participants.

The ZEN ZEN ZO PHYSICAL THEATRE RESIDENCY is held in our Drama School studios at The National Theatre in St Kilda.
City of Port Phillip concession card holders may be eligible for help with fees. Email enquiries@nationaltheatre.org.au to find out.


ZEN ZEN ZO is a Brisbane-based physical theatre company at the forefront of contemporary performance and training in Australia. Founded by Lynne Bradley & Simon Woods in 1992, the company has continually produced innovative theatre experiences that have challenged and delighted the audiences. Zen Zen Zo has created over 50 new productions ranging from radical reinterpretations of the classics to innovative self-devised works, many of which have been showcased at national and international festivals.

Zen Zen Zo’s inspirations include the Ancient Asian Dance-Theatre Traditions, The European Avant-garde theatre movement and contemporary pop culture. 

Associate Director of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. 

Gina Tay Limpus is a Matilda Award winning (Best Emerging Artist 2019 + Best Independent Production 2019) physical performer, director, theatre-maker and teaching artist. Gina is the Associate Director for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Artistic Director of NDRNCE and has been a core member of performance ensembles The SUI Ensemble, 30LD and The PHP Collective.

A trained actor and physical performer, Gina’s practice is founded in an extensive exploration of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Butoh Dance-Theatre, Viewpoints, Lecoq, the Andante Method, Feldenkrais, aerial performance, contact improvisation and a body-first approach to performance and devising. Deeply interested in ritual and ceremony, Gina’s independent practice investigates the role of ritual in our everyday lives, how we build community and establish self through repeated conscious and unconscious behaviour.

While completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama at QUT and a Master of Professional Practice in Performing Arts at USC specialising in physical and contemporary performance making, Gina became a core member of Zen Zen Zo’s Performance Ensemble and co-created numerous shows with emerging and established Brisbane artists. Her devising and performance credits include work with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Younes Bacchir, Strings Attached, Daniel Evans, The Good Room, Dairkakudakan, The SUI Ensemble, Backbone Youth Arts, Tone Black Productions, Daniel Gough, Vena Cava Productions, The PHP Collective and The Maltman Lab.

As a director, Gina’s credits include Be Our Witness and Tangerine Hour with NDRNCE, Queendom Animalia, Leonardo’s Last Supper (AD) and Zen Zen Zo’s The Tempest (AD) with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, along with numerous In-School-Residency productions. Be Our Witness was the debut work of recently formed performance ensemble, NDRNCE (fka. Ritual Theatre), and received special commendation in the Anywhere Festival Awards 2019.