Growtheatre Intermediates have been exploring physical theatre to find imaginative stories. Here we are exploring how we can use ourselves to show large and tiny characters (like ogres, lions and mice) and magical transformations (do you remember how the Ogre in Puss In Boots transforms into a lion and then a mouse?). An interesting challenge! The photos below show youth theatre members exploring how this might be done. They then took what they discovered and learnt outside to find suitable locations to create a magical transformation scene. They produced some brilliant scenes, with a back drop of dark and light and snow!
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!
Drama work continues at Tinsley NI.
Week Three: After a lot of snow and disruption, the teachers had done less drama during the week than they had hoped to. It was a much harder week this week as it became clear that the majority of the children – many of whom have SO little language – are just not able to contribute word based ideas to drama exercises. After two slightly sticky sessions with the classes in the morning, in the afternoon we listened to the music created by one of the classes last week, and worked and added more sounds and rhythm and mimed drama work, and everything flowed far better… it was such a lesson in communication without language!
Week Four: As a result of last week’s non-language revelations, we agreed that this week the sessions needed to be about mime and movement and telling stories with our bodies, not with words. The children need to build their arsenal of drama techniques, and we need to find ways to boost their confidence in front of each other. Not only are we asking them to perform, but we have been asking them to perform in a language that most of them are not comfortable using yet.
Thankfully, it worked, and it was wonderful to see all the children responding, especially those that have no English and who just cannot access 90% of the work going on in class. The teachers were excited too, thrilled that the hard-to-reach children had participated in building sound pictures and in whole-class sound/movement improvisations.
Next week they are looking at the story of Cinderella, so we will use the same framework and hopefully continue to have more positive results…