Actor Ed Jaspers led a drama workshop with gifted and talented students focusing on how games can create drama. They were involved in lots of practical activities all of which were intended to boost their creativity and imagination.
Ed, who has his set up Teasel Theatre Company, worked with 27 students, all of whom had already seen him onstage at The Core in his one-man show, Grisly Tales from Tumblewater. He said: ‘This is about introducing the students to some of the techniques that went in to making that show. It is improvising to tell a story and looking at how games throw up interesting moments, characters and scenes so that they actually have a lot of drama within them. It is how you use different games and exercises to bring some of the sense of fun, risk and urgency.
‘One of the key principles is that if you are just standing next to each other and improvising a scene it can very easily get stuck and small. If there is a game going on instantly there is something else happening that makes your choices less predictable. The choices that you make about how a scene goes when you are improvising become much more intuitive when you are also playing a game.’
Robbie Gray from Year 7 said: ‘It was really good how he taught us to create a character while playing games and having a good time.’ Caoimhe Tapp added: ‘It taught me lots of ways that I can improve my dramatic skills and be more confident. It helps you to learn how to move better when you are onstage. Ed Jaspers was really good on stage. The way he took on each character was amazing.’
Mrs Halloway said: ‘I wanted the students to learn that English and Performing Arts are interlinked and story writing can often stem from play and the imagination. Creativity can come from something that is not necessarily academic. I am hoping that we will work with Mr Jaspers again in the future.’