By Kira Taylor @kirataylor15
As one of the young bloggers, I’ve sort of thrown myself in at the deep end. Once more, I found myself out of my comfort zone. This time: DRAMA.
It’s not that I don’t like watching drama. It’s just that I’ve just never felt comfortable enough in my own skin to be comfortable in someone else’s.
But I absolutely loved Changing Worlds.
The workshop was also linked to the RAMM’s Naturally Inspired season and focussed on how we interact with the environment around us, especially looking at our relationships with other people and how we display emotions. It was run by Conor Magee and Lisa Hudson (of Exeter Northcott Theatre). They proved to be exceptionally enthusiastic teachers and exceptionally picky about how we stood.
It opened my mind to a whole new type of expression, seen simply in how we stood and moved. Suddenly our elbows, instead of just being a normal part of our body, were soft or angular, the latter portraying hostility.
I just took their word for it.
We started by standing and finding our balance (standing up very straight). Then we moved on to closing our eyes and being asked to portray emotions. Each contrasted the other: sadness and happiness, anger and loneliness. It was amazing how my entire body lifted and fell with the different feelings.
Next we stood up as slowly as possible to experience the movement of our bodies. It was very odd to do, and at one point I actually forgot how to stand up I was thinking about it so hard. In the rush of everyday life, it’s so easy to forget how much happens in our bodies for us merely to stand up.
For most of the session, we looked at the two extremes of hostility and acceptance. We were asked to think of a hateful phrase and build it up in our heads, lengthening and exaggerating the most important words. Then we began to whisper them. The sound that filled the room was amazing. It was the hiss of snakes, but more dangerous. Even though it was fake, there was something very tense about it. Words can be exceptionally powerful.
As we moved on to more collaborative work, we read two passages from Son by Lois Lowry about exclusion and inclusion. Inspired by these, we acted out freeze frames of “us and them”. On being asked to show “acceptance” we wordlessly gathered into a tightly knit circle. When asked to show anger, we pulled drastically apart for anger.
Then we created our own play, filled with whispering, exclusion and inclusion, using angry whispers, freeze frames and some pretty scary looks that held a reminiscence to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.
Our group tame together really well and it was an amazing experience.
I think I’ll give drama a go now.
Other workshops include Tanya Landman’s creative writing workshop and Write about it! on Thursday