Thursday, 23 October 2008

first thought???

Todays lecture was utterly inspiring. Listening to Mark talk about past projects got my mind working overtime. I was intrigued by the solo project created a couple of years ago by another girl named kirsty in which she single handedly created her own performance written and performed by herself and a number of children. I myself hope to go into teaching in the future and i see this as a great opportunity to gain further insight into the ways in which children work. I would really love to do something similar, preferably with children at the primary school age. I currently work as an after school playworker in which myself and 3 others supervise 40 children after school and generally keep them entertained. I had an idea to maybe ask them and also their parents whether they would be interested in taking part in such a project. If there appears to be a succesful response, i will almost definately be heading down this route... 

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

cardboard citizens- The Help

Carboard Citizens, a drama company specialising in forum theatre, with all members who currently, or have previously experienced homelessness. My initial thought was, "wow, how unique, i have no idea or no preconception of what this may be like." I walked into the theatre and was greeted by a group of faces that felt as if they were following me to my seat, this was intimidating and slightly uncomfortable, however i immediately felt a part of the action even before it began, this was already forum theatre!
the performance consisted of three stories, all of which were autobiographical, this lead me to question, " is a performance more powerful if it is autobiographical, or simply make believe? something that i will think about when creating my final performance. The fact that all three stories were autobiographical, they immediately impacted on me to a great extent. when recreating these stories on stage, the audience were creating different scenarios and making different choices as if they were that individual. what we found was that there really wasn't another choice or another way of surviving, this was their lives and it was as if there was no powere whatsoever to change it.
Cardboard Citizens have all experienced first hand the feeling of being alone and homeless, therfore i felt as if they were able to succesfully create a powerful and meaningful performance, however do i have that ability without the experience? I thought long and hard about this, and i came to realise that of course i have the right, through watching performances such as cardbard Citizens,talking to victims of homelessness and by simply researching my chosen target audience, i feel i would gain an insight into the lives of others, thus enabling me to recreate something real.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

How important is a storyteller?

when listening to a story, are we listening to the words? Are we listening to the tone of the story? or are we listening to the way in which the story is told. We experimented with this during our lesson. Listening to the story of "the 12 sisters" I realised that the storyteller is the most important part of a story. Molly contrasted two different types of storytelling when reading this short story to us, she spoke in a relaxed format, then all of a sudden, changed to a more strict and decisive tone. The way in which I was listening to the story completely changed as Molly changed. This made me think about how important my role is in devising theatre for a community. How should i go about presenting my ideas? Is it important to know your community in depth before creating a piece of theatre for them; particularly when talking about cardboard citizens, (a company completely led by those who have experienced aspects of homelessness.) Do i have the right to create a piece of theatre for the homeless if i have never experienced homelessness? Will i stereotype and come across as patronising or will i be able to create a piece of theatre that is appreciated by such a community?

Sunday, 5 October 2008

what is a community?

To me, community simply means a group of people joined together by their place of residence, but what does a community represent?...
  • togetherness
  • love
  • strength
  • protection
  • maybe at times, isolation

i have realised that a community is more than just a group of people that live within close proximity of each other, it completely defines you! I am a part of many communities, each one holding a little element of my personality; sub-consciously, i am who i am because of my community.