PROCESS DRAMA & MANTLE OF THE EXPERT (MOE) SEAL WOMAN & LITTLE RED.
The morning session was led by our Lecturer Liselle Terret we started with stretching warm exercise and we then focused on Process drama, this practice was developed primarily from the work of Brian Way, Dorothy Heathcote and Gavin Bolton and through the work of other leading drama practitioners. It can be referred to as a method of teaching and learning drama where both the students and teacher work in and out of role. As a teaching methodology,
Liselle used Irish family generation story(The Seal Wife) The story was about a fisherman who saw a seal take off its seal skin turn into a very beautiful woman and busk in the sun in the middle of the water everytime he went fishing. He was deeply attracted to the woman so one day he captured the seal and made her his wife. He hid her seal clothes on top of the roof. Years went by and the seal woman gave birth to 3 children. One day when the roof was being repaired the seal skin fell out of the roof. When the children saw it they took it to their mother who disappeared was never seen again.
The lecturer asked us to created still images of any sense in the story, embodying the story raised a lot of questions and created a wide imagination like:
- The woman had no choice but to do what he wanted, to be his wife’
- ‘The sea and the sand were not happy with the way the woman was treated’
- ‘She was being forced, she was going against what she wanted’
- ‘He wants her but she wanted the best of the two worlds, the sea and the fisherman‘
- Why did he hide the seal clothing
- Did she go with him willingly
- Did she have a choice
- Did she look for the seal skin
- Did she love her children
- Did she love him
- Why didn’t he just destroy the seal skin
- Did the kids have mom’s Genes
The primary purpose of process drama was to establish an imagined world, a ‘dramatic elsewhere’ created by the participants as they discover, articulate and sustain fictional roles and situations. As it unfolds, the process contained powerful elements of composition and contemplation, but improvised encounters will remain at the heart of the event as the source of its dramatic power’ to explore this Leselle grouped us into 4’s and asked us to create a scene of the fisherman having nightmare
I felt the story was so powerful as it addressed lots of issues in relaxed and dramatic form like: belonging, identity, rights, interests, immigration/refugee, male dominance masculine power and authority concealment, denial and repression in other words blending elements of process drama with forum theatre techniques, enhanced forum theatre allowed participants to explore issues as complex and problematic as conflict in greater depth, thus further enhancing their understanding of both form and content
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The mission of immediate theatre is to engage young people especially those at risk of marginalisation or exclusion in high quality artistic projects which involve creative and personal development, training and employment that equip them with the skills of inquiry, collaboration and communication needed today to shape the thriving communities of tomorrow.
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- To provide inspirational participatory theatre programmes enabling young people at high risk to reach their potential
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- To improve employability for young people and create pathways to employment in the arts.
To support the involvement of young people in decision making and to develop future community leadersFrom the outset their vision was to work closely with locally based organisations and community groups to create theatre which engaged people in the process of change. The combination of participatory projects and professional productions was designed to bring local theatre practitioners together with the community to create inspiring work with high artistic standards for specific audiences. The term “immediate” implying “right here” on your doorstep and the “right now” of being responsive to current issues affecting local people.Immediate Theatre not only gives people a stage on which to perform, but also the confidence to stand on that stage and have their voice heard. Nurturing this new found confidence is important to Immediate Theatre. Therefore, they create supported pathways across our projects so participation are not just an isolated experience but an ongoing journey.