Verbatim Theatre project, Alrowwad Centre, Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine. 11 July 2017.

by ray goodlass

Steady progress today. My students are becoming much more adept at the exercises and games, and today even made a decent fist of the Adverb Exercise that they so totally stuffed up yesterday.

They even made good progress in the Describe/Elaborate exercise, which isn’t easy.

But the most important step forward was to actually start close rehearsal work with the student actors playing the two co-hosts of the fictitious TV current affairs interview program that is the core structure of our piece of verbatim theatre. They are getting the idea of taking direction without being told how to do it.  I think their expectation is to be told exactly what to do and how to do it and then copy what the teacher/director says, but that’s not the way to work. No spoon feeding from me. My job is to teach them to act, help them find and develop the character, and to teach them how to find the actions the character needs to play to fulfil its intention, and then to help them discover how to play the character’s actions. Not easy starting from scratch, but it is so rewarding watching it develop.

Its Alrowwad’s day off tomorrow so it will be interesting to see how well the students have done their homework.

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