Todays Applied performance lesson was taught by guest lecturer Dr. Dominic Hingroani who introduced the class to “Theatre for Young Audiences”. Dr. Dominic Hingroani began the lesson by asking the group to think of three discussions in which we thought distinguished difference between the terms “Theatre for young audiences” and “Theatre for education”. The group I was placed within, began to discuss what education wasn’t and the limits it has on the younger generation. We discussed how Theatre and Education has the potential to work in different educational settings such as; adult educational centers, centers for those with disabilities and mental health. Whereas, for Theatre for young audiences we discussed the different age groups you may work with and how facilitators or educational leaders adjust their process to teach that particular age range.
Moving on from that discussion, we were asked to discus in our groups the games we played when we were children. Games such as, British bulldog, tag, stuck in the mud were shouted out. The game that I used to play a lot when I was a child was “Stuck in the mud”, we used to run around the field and when we were tagged, we had to freeze and wait for someone to crawl underneath our legs. Once someone had crawled underneath your legs, you were able to move again. My group had similar childhood games, which we all reminisced when we had no care in the world about the state of our clothes would have been. When Dr. Dominic Hingroani called the class back together, we all discussed how the games had the same set of rules that we had to follow
Moving on from this, Dr. Dominic Hingroani had lead us through an activity that was to be done on an individually, we were instructed to find a place in the room to sit and collect two piece of paper which was located in the centre of the room. Once we were settled, we were told to explore the process of ripping one of the pages. In the next stage of this activity we were asked to fold the paper, experimenting with what we could mould through the simply act of folding. In the final part of the activity we were asked to practice scrunching the paper in our hands.
The final part of the lesson, Dr. Dominic Hingroani introduced the class to a performance that was performed for a class of six year olds. The performance wasn’t a tradition theatrical performance in the sense of staging and massive staging, but a very simplistic set that represented a forest. With minimal setting and soothing lighting, the actors moved around the stage performing movements that connected with music. The performance was non-verbal; movement was used to vocalise the intended message of the performance. This performance allowed the young audience to create their own story and explore their own creativity rather than being told a story line. At the end of the performance, the element of audience participation was included as the children were invited to collect the acorns that has dropped from the sky.
The lesson ended with a reflection on the information provided by Dr. Dominic Hingroani. The discussion allowed the class to discuss the difference between “Theatre for young audiences” and “Theatre for education” in much more depth from the information we had learned from the presentation and activity games.