In our lesson we looked at something a little bit different today. We had the challenge to teach the rest of the year one actors a new warm up or improvisation game that we haven’t previously looked at.This was so that we could learn how to find drama sources for warm ups, if we ever have to run workshops. Also to help us use positive language and speak in a way that will teach people and keep it so that they understand what they have to do.We got into small group and I went with Ryan and Will. We decided to go to the library and look for some books that might help us. We then decided to also look online, which was really useful and we found lots of different options that we could do. The warm up we ended up choosing was found here: http://improvencyclopedia.org/games/
The warm up that we chose was ‘Directors Cut’. It involved three improvisers who would create a scene and also someone who would be the director. The director would have the power to stop the scene at any time and could change the genre or emotion or feeling of the scene. The improvisers would then have to stay in the same scene but change the element that the director shouts out. We used a lot of declarative sentences and imperatives when explaining our chosen warm up, this was so that it was clear and had a balance of statements and instructions. We tried to speak clearly and at a slow enough pace so that people could follow what we were saying. We also demonstrated with members of the group to provide a visual aide to what we were teaching them. The warm up went well and I think that as a group we were good at our explanation. However we could have gone into more depth on what elements the director could change, because I think their was a little confusion in this area.
We then learnt the other groups warm ups, that they had found, to see if we could follow their instructions. Justins group had chosen a warm up called ‘Secret Leader’. Although this was a fun game, Justin didn’t explain it in the best way that he could have done. It meant that he had to go over in three or four times so that all of the group understood what to do. Their warm up meant that one person would leave the room and the rest of the group would split into two. One group had to create a physical picture or shape with their bodies and then the other group would have to recreate it. One person in the group that has to re create the shape would be the leader, the person who left the room had the job of guessing the leader. Although I liked the game, it was a little complex to understand and had some faults as we discovered when you could easily get around the recreation of the shape, by assigning each member of the team to copy a specific person. It may not be the best warm up for younger children so it would likely be a game for people who are our age.They found their warm up here:http://www.dramatoolkit.co.uk/
The next warm up was Jess’s group, who found ‘Freeze Layers’. It is a twist on one of our groups favourite improvisation games ‘Freeze’. It starts with two people who do an improvised scene, then someone shouts freeze. Normally that person would go into the scene and replace one of the actors to create a new scene. However in ‘Freeze Layers’, when someone shouts freeze, they join the group and the numbers of people keep building up until everyone is involved in a massive group improvisation. This was one of my favourite new warm ups and I hope that we will be able to use it again in the future. It was a really good one for getting everybody involved and Jess did a brilliant job of explaining it to everyone in the group.
Finally the last group told us about the warm up that they had found called ‘GMTV interview game’. This was a slightly longer warm up but was enormous fun. Two people were assigned tv hosts, for this it was Justin and I. We would then do an improvisation where we interview the other members of the group. The twist being that Justin and I got to pick on their characters. They found this idea: http://www.dramaclasses.biz/
Over all today was really interesting and I learnt a lot about the kind of language you use when teaching people. It is always good to use positive language as it means that the people you are talking to are much more likely to listen and act upon what you are saying. It was also good to see how big of an impact being clear and giving good instructions is, as it really does make a difference when you have people who are trying to learn what you teach them. We also now have some good sources to find drama warm ups, if we ever need them, which I am sure will be a useful resource to have in the future.