Author Archives: Rachel
When I first joined Growtheatre Youth Theatre I was scared because I didn’t really know many people. Now, I think I know everyone and feel more secure. I now know everyone is kind and we have a good laugh. Rachel and Sophie, who run Growtheatre, are kind, funny and help us with lots of different things.
A few weeks ago we played a fun game where we needed to improvise giving each other presents – Jess gave me a coffee machine and it made me laugh because it was supposed to be birthday cake!!!! My favourite game is called Huggy Trees, half us have to be trees and the other half have to be monkeys – it is exciting!
Sometimes Henk comes and does outdoor skills workshops with us. One of the things I have learnt is to use tools like loppers, saws and knives for whittling. Working with Henk is fun because there are lots of things to do.
Altogether, Growtheatre is the best drama group ever!
We have been learning how to tie knots over the last few weeks – some of our members get it really quickly and have been a great help to the rest of us who have got in a tangle! Week 2 of knots found us really impressed to hear how everyone had learnt during the week to do a clove hitch! Other members had taught themselves lots more knots! We used our knots skills to make props and simple scenery from sticks and rope these were incorporated into great scenes. Well done guys!
The Woodland Discovery Centre ran a fantastic day at the start of the October Half Term; it was called Feast In The Forest and there were lots and lots of fun outdoor activities and stalls. Growtheatre was there running making sessions – check out the fab bogarts made with clay and things from the woods and wooden picture frames made by children and parents who came to visit our stall.
We have a huge THANK YOU to our Growtheatre Youth Theatre member Emily and her friend Alfie who worked all day with us! They arrived at 8.30 in the morning and helped set up, went to gather berries, nuts, leaves etc. from Eccalsall Woods, helped to run the making sessions. They was superb at teaching children and adults how to make bogarts and their positive, helpful and friendly manner put many people at ease and were encouraged to get their hands mucky and get creative! WELL DONE EMILY AND ALFIE, WHAT STARS!
We also ran drama workshops with our youth theatre members and visitors to Feast In the Forest – they were a lot of fun and had people laughing and smiling. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us! A great day was had by all.
We had such a fun time tonight – bringing together dramatic groups freezes, physical character work and status and throwing in a sprinkle of impending peril and doom!!! The results, were well observed, dramatic and, at times, hilarious! Well done guys and Ruby… we loved it when you all got really dramatic too!
Since the last time I blogged after our first ever youth theatre session, we have grown! We have been lucky enough to have several new young people join us and I have been delighted to see how well members are making friends and working together. We have done 4 sessions now – all of them working both indoors and outdoors. We have been working on drama skills, character building, vocal performance, improvisation and … drum roll… how to use knives, saws, loppers and axes with Henk!!!! There’s never a dull moment at Growtheatre!
On a more serious note: at Growtheatre we work hard create an ethos based on the 3 Cs, that is Creativity, Consideration and Confidence. We have talked about what that might and I have heard some thoughtful and, dare I say it, creative things like: “try and do old things in new ways”, “give everyone the space they need to do the best they can”, “encourage people”, “have a go”, “think differently” and “tell people they are doing well”. Up until yesterday’s session (week 4), it has all felt like theory and then yesterday… the transformation happened and the 3 Cs were being actively practiced all evening! The difference was tangible, the group felt more thoughtful, generous, considerate and more daring! An amazing session with lots of risk taking and lots of support – well done guys!
Here are some photos of us working both indoors and out.
First night of Growtheatre’s Youth Theatre went fantastically – a lovely bunch of kids, with some very creative ideas. Here are 3 photos of what they got up to before in Ecclesall Woods before the sun went down! Looking forward to Henk Littlewood joining the group to do a tools session: knives, saws, loppers – kids can’t wait. Can’t wait to see everyone next week.