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Creating Devised Theatre With Children
November 14, 2016
This was the week which got very exciting as the three schools began to piece their devised plays together!
The hard work of coming up with characters, a location and scenes done, this week we put the first half of the story all together. But how to go about such a challenge? With groups as big as 14 children, the thought of putting a play together without a script and ensuring everyone has equal parts can be quite overwhelming. Where to begin? How do we make all of our ideas fit together in one coherent piece?
This is where freeze frames become my best friend and can see floating ideas transformed into a fixed scene. The children were all familiar with the idea of freeze frames, having covered them at the beginning of term to generate ideas for a location, so this was no new thing. Last week we established fixed characters for the children and they separated into smaller groups to rehearse a short one minute scene. This week I wrote the order of scenes down and arranged the groups into an audience, explaining that we will block out our play through a series of freeze frame images.
Although all three schools came up with a different concept for the story of King Midas, with St Elizabeth's choosing to set their version on a Hollywood film set, Archdeacon choosing to set theirs in a restaurant and Oldfield Primary choosing a cinema as the location of theirs, each group's play begins with the grumpy Midas bossing everyone around. So the groups began by forming a freeze frame image of this scene. Once the image was established I asked the pupil playing Midas to circulate the stage telling each character off about something. I instructed the rest of the group to come out of their freeze frame image when they were spoken to by Midas and to reply to him/her.
Once we had worked through our freeze frame image coming to life we fine tuned it and made adjustments to lines and movements, adding in people to turn into objects in the scene as well. We then ran the scene again in the same order. Here was our first scene blocked. We continued in this fashion until we had blocked the first half of our story.
Next week we'll be looking at the magic that will change the direction of our story. We'll be looking at how we can use classic well known games to enahnce our devised pieces!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!