The young dramatics of Government Higher Primary School, Heelalagi, Chandapura were discovered! A three-day theatre workshop conducted by Mr. Ravi Kumar and organized by Mantra4Change saw a successful implementation of Theatre Education as a course in the school. The workshop was conducted for three hours on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of September.
The aim of the workshop was to help students develop basic skills in theatre arts. The workshop covered different aspects of acting, ranging from movement, voice, props, improvisation, and stage knowledge. The creative freedom that every child received through the course of the workshop pivoted their interest in the art even more!
To help our young actors prepare for their roles, the Circle Mirror Transformation game used elements of sound and movement. In a circle, each student introduced a repeated movement and accompanied it with a vocal sound – keeping it simple; so that the entire group could follow suit.
Zip Zap Zop was another game introduced by Mr. Kumar wherein a student starts by clapping his hands at another, saying the word Zip. The next student responds by clapping his hands at another student while saying Zap. The same process follows while saying “Zop”. This continues over and over, increasing in speed until someone says the wrong word or takes too long. Last one standing, wins the game!
The game intends to build concentration, eye contact, and spontaneity among actors. It’s also a great ice-breaker!
The Freeze Game helped students explore their physical world and how it relates to acting. Two students improvise a scene suggested by the audience. During their act, the audience might yell “FREEZE” and the two actors must remain still in whatever position they are. One student from the audience replaces any one of the actors on stage, assuming the same position. They then begin a new scene based on the recreated pose.
The final game was the Alphabet Conversation. Each sentence of a conversation begins with the next letter of the alphabet. Yes, it does seem confusing and complicated at first by with practice and repeated rounds, students caught up with the game. It helps them build verbal skills and to practice the alphabet.
Towards the end of the workshop, Mr. Kumar formed five groups and gave each of them a task – to present one drama in front of their teachers. Students took the lead, planned their lines, the script and the theme of their act. One such group with six members chose the topic – Robot.
I realized the importance of such a workshop through the course of it. Building self-confidence, trust, imagination, social awareness, empathy, collaboration, concentration, and communication among students were the highlighted outcomes of the three-day activity.
Students believed in the experience too – spending the three days enjoying, learning, and using their creativity to the fullest. It was the perfect introduction to our cluster. As part of MANTRA, I believed it helped me gain some insights on being resourceful with materials, and what could help enhance the excitement levels of students.
By Basavaraj Divatagi, Field associate, Cluster Transformation Porject, Mantra4change