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Creating the Characters
October 7, 2016
So this week our schools have been working on coming up with the characters for our devised pieces.
I began by introducing the status game, which would be a running game throughout the session and is a great way to kick start the creation of a character.
The children were told to walk neutrally around the room at first. Then they were asked to walk around as a number one. Number one's are incredibly shy, their shoulders are hunched, their heads are low and they walk around looking at the ground too afraid to speak to anyone. Gradually we went through the numbers until we got to ten. Ten's are exceptionally confident and only ever speak to other number tens. As we went through the numbers I asked the groups how they would talk to other people. Would they talk to other people? How would they react to other people talking to them?
We then progressed this game into fun improvisation scenes in which I secretly whispered a number to each character. The aim of the game was to guess which number each character was. At Archdeacon Cambridge CE Primary we discovered a rather scary Museum Manager, furious at a school group for breaking a vase, compared with a terribly timid museum room guide. At St Elizabeth's Primary we had fantastic characterizations of a football commentator and a footballer who had scored a goal! The aim of this game is to encourage the children to really go for their characters, if their friends have to guess their number then there is more reason to emphasize it in their characterization. I really encourage them at this point to play their number. If they're a ten, play that ten, really go for it! If they're a one, how far can they go in their body language to show this?
Our final game was one of my personal favourites and a real gem for collectively coming up with some enchanting-often somewhat unusual- characters. My Imaginary Friend. We all sat in a circle and I began by saying, 'I have an imaginary friend and he has a hunched back (one example). We then went around the circle as each person described something about my imaginary friend. Once we reached the end, everyone jumped up and became my imaginary friend. At St Elizabeth's we had a peculiar man who lived in a cave and turned into a Raven at night. At Archdeacon we had an equally peculiar girl who loved teddy bears so much that her house was full of them, so many in fact that it was almost impossible to move around her house. Her favourite thing to do in the whole wide world was to cuddle her cat because she rarely ever found it amongst all the bears!
I was very impressed by the creative ideas pouring out from all of the groups this week, with some delightful characters emerging! I'm looking forward to finding out how we can place some of these characters into our stories next week!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!