Hi, Theatre Games friends!
In my two last consecutive posts, as you’ve observed, I talked about the two theatrical performances I took part in the past, namely “BAR – CAT – CODE” and “W.C.: Workshop’s Cast”. It is now understood for everyone, that although the primary objective of a Theatre Games Workshop isn’t to create a theatrical performance but to benefit participants by helping them realizing who they really are and re-discovering interpersonal communication by building stronger interpersonal relationships through: creative playing, dramatization, improvisation, role-playing and pantomime. Often, however, this experimentation and investigation process taking place inside the Workshop may lead to the desire for a more organized theatrical performance.
This year, always loyal to that, we experiment and investigate the wide concept of “Clown”. Aphrodite Parzakoni, our Drama Teacher, has already given us homework assignments, which had to be prepared and presented inside the Workshop, either individually or in subgroups depending on the nature of the assignment. Today I want to talk about the two last assignments, both of which had to be delivered in written form.
- “A clown and a suitcase…”
- From what material could the suitcase be made?
- How could the suitcase be?
- What could the clown have put inside the suitcase?
- “Give your own definition of a clown.”
As you’ve noticed in my previous post, our Theatre Games Workshop likes to be involved and experiment with somehow surreal topics, subjects and concepts! 😛 Today I want to discuss about the second theatrical performance where I played two years ago, named “W.C.: Workshop’s Cast”.
“What would you like us to treat you? Would you prefer a sweet or something to fool your hunger? Would you like us to treat you a bath or would you prefer a cold shower? You definitely made a long journey to arrive at our Armilla.”
“We would like some water. We arrived thirsty. Not exhausted, only thirsty.”
Luggage were piled in Armilla, one of the “Thin Cities” in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, consisting of a labyrinth of pipes and bathroom appliances inhabited by mysterious women; the same wetland of 30 group participants of The Drama Games Workshop “Expression & Communication” of Athens, Papagos-Cholargos.
Hey again everyone!
Easter is over and as I mentioned in my previous post because of Passion human creates Art! Today I would like to talk about the first theatrical performance, “BAR – CAT – CODE” in which I took part. As I have already mentioned in my very first post, the main difference between drama games and theatre is that their purpose isn’t the theatrical performance itself, but the creative procedure that a group participant will experience and step-by-step he/she will achieve to understand, by observing and playing, his/her inner and outer world in relation with others. Drama Games Workshops adressing adults, often experiment with a variety of subjects, themes and even concepts. So, this experimentation and philosophical investigation, through dramatization, role-playing, improvisation, and pantomime, that normally takes place inside the Workshop, may lead to the desire for a theatrical performance from all group participants. And so it did! Three years ago, our Drama Games Workshop gave its first theatrical performance, “BAR – CAT- CODE”, produced by “human traces” and “cat nails“…! Continue reading
Drama games borrow many elements and techniques from the theatre.
There are many opinions about what drama/theatre games are or what they should be. The different definitions of what drama games are and what they include are as many as the fields theatre games are applied to (theatre pedagogy/drama in education, training actors for the development of improvisational theatre, drama therapy). However, all definitions agree that drama games are all about…games. Thus, their primary objective is to provide group participants with recreation. The games become theatrical from the moment that a group participant, who is within a defined space and time, enjoys expressing themselves and communicates with the others through verbal and/or non-verbal language.