If this module stands on it’s own there is some work to introduce students to the mask state. If the module comes at the end of work on Commedia and/or Neutral Masks, that work has already been done.
Students are inducted into a mask through an extended ‘play’ session where the masks are given time to play in a room with props and other masks in an atmosphere that allows them to inhabit the mask. This gives them the first impulses and physicality of the masks, and possibly some insight into the voice or the thoughts of the character.
After this initial session, students are given exercises to investigate the physicality and mentality of their chosen mask further. This work includes solo work, and work on improvisations. There is work on the concept of ‘The Game,’ helping students to improvise whilst on stage, and to use the masks physicality and mentality to help them with this.
Depending on the students, the performance aspect of the work can progress in different directions: either they can play 'The Game' live, with pure improvisation, or there can be a more set scene, which involves some improvisation.