Theatre Switch Training, or TST, is a training technique that works with cyclical processes and timing, in order to develop, rehearse, and create performances. Originally called Temporal Shift Technique, this approach creates a highly focussed environment where learning and creativity is intensified prioritized.
Theatre Switch Training (or Temporal Shift Technique, or TST) is a method of performance training created by Stuart Lynch. This method seeks to develop in the artist a heightened awareness and command of time. By drawing attention to time, to an awareness of the physical sensations and expressions of time, the artist can expand stage presence. Put simply, it develops the all elusive ‘sense of timing’: the how and the when of doing and being.
“The connections between our mental and physical self takes place subjectively within Time and Space. […] the artist begins to experience their own presence as something that can be taken-up or taken-down in much the same way as an amplifier controls volume. In this way the artist becomes both a transmitter and receiver, able to tune into not only their role and actions but also the audience.”
Stuart Lynch: from the essay ‘Performance, Psychology and Time’
There is a need in the contemporary performer, not only for a comprehensive grounding of their vocal, physical, and creative techniques, but also to have at their disposal a deep well of energy and focus. The performer must be able to maintain this focus. TST aims to strengthen the artist’s ability to powerfully shift their mindset, to set aside restlessness or distraction, and instead take hold of their energy, in order to be fully and powerfully present to their performance.
As such, TST draws on Lynchs’ extensive experience within both Japanese and European disciplines, and combines theatre and dance training with psychology and linguistics.
TST is made up of two main parts:
- TST rotations for body, voice, acting and presence.
- Exquisite Attention Training
TST sessions can range anywhere between 40 minutes to 24 hours.
This method is intended as a groundbreaking accelerated learning tool for creating a highly motivated and unstoppable performer. Educational and developmental in nature, the method is a flexible system, useful for the development of a production, as well as an effective means for strengthening a performer’s connection to performance.
Stuart Lynch has created several performances from this process, the most significant one being the 24-HOUR PERFORMANCES. 12 performers are auditioned from the backgrounds of dance, theatre and performance, who work non-stop for 24 Hours.