Thursday, 27 November 2008

Ritual and Myth

I learnt something about myself in today's lecture, and that's that i am over cautious and in a very British way, embarrassed about making a scene, mind the pun. Our task in today's lecture was to produce a piece of drama, about/ based on rituals and myths in an area of university which holds a particular meaning to us as a group. some groups did their pieces in the Ref, some people did pieces near the church and some people did pieces at the train station. our piece was set in Al's workshop, as that held a particular meaning for us. we created a sound scape of our memories in a way of working in the theatre and with Al in particular, but our piece turned out incredibly differently to everyone Else's piece as the rest of the group had made reconstructions of memories in certain locations. these pieces were all very interesting but i found that when performing things in a public location i feared for the unsuspecting public who became tangled in the piece without their knowledge. i felt embarrassed for them and my worry for their feelings left me uninterested in the piece. i don't think i will be able to produce work like this... but i think I'd like to try?!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Reminiscent Theatre

Today we had a lecture on reminiscent theatre, and i have to say, without a shadow of a doubt that this was the best lecture i have EVER been to! two elderly ladies came into our lecture and permitted us access to their memories and stories of youth, young adulthood and times of significant historical importance. Mary, the elder of the two told us stories of growing up in the war while Fiona told us stories of being a teenager in the 60's and 70's. after hearing these stories we separated into groups and created pieces out of our favourite bits of their stories. our group produced a montage sound scape out of Mary's experiences as a young child in the second world war. The work we created was then shown back to them. As we were creating the work i was very conscious of being sensitive to the stories and made an effort to do justice to them, and in the beginning i felt very nervous about not doing a straight play and retelling them with actions the way she had told them to us. but eventually after we created the piece i realised that if we handled the material with care and made sure that we didn't change or alter the meaning of what she had said, you would still get the effect of telling her story but in a modern and interesting way. i left the lecture with a strong feeling or respect and in a way, i think i felt a bit humbled and flattered that these wonderful women wanted to share their stories with us. and in the end i felt quite proud that my work had made Mary happy and proud that the work had been personal to her. it's made me reconsider my final piece as i felt this work was so rewarding, to the extent that i haven't felt with my other work. If i were to create a piece using reminiscent theatre i think i would have to choose a subject such as World War 2 and interview a lot of different people of the same age to find out their experiences and use a combination of all of them to make a more general piece, otherwise you're target audience would be incredibly small. something to think about...