After a prolonged dry season, there was much excitement as four senior drama students obtained permission to have a drama lesson (observing ALL protocols) in the Drama Room from 3-4 on Wednesday.
We spoke to Ms Glover about the afternoon who told us that it was a time of discovery and rediscovery: a rediscovering of the power of their bodies, good breathing and a rooting of the voice. Predictably, all energies had confined themselves to the limiting and confining/constricting space of the neck, throat and shoulders... and the release was tangible.
As the tension from body, lungs and voice was released, in a number of improvisational excercises, the drama students were invited to explore the ideas of discovering new things in unexpected or extrarodinary situations/times or places. From all intents and purposes, it was a deeply satisfying afternoon.
One of the senior drama students, Corina Austin reports:
The first actual (as opposed to virtual) drama lesson was the first meeting since March. After some heartwarming and long overdue greetings we began the lesson by spacing ourselves at a safe distance to do physical movements and stretches to warm our bodies and unwind. We did a number of vocal exercises in which we enunciated different letters while walking around and maintaining the furthest distance between each other as possible.
We were then assigned to create a piece based on the interaction between a human and another form of life. With this framework we acted out a scene in which arrogant humans met some hyper-intelligent aliens.
Thereafter, splitting into pairs, we developed scenarios where one revealed some unexpected news to the other.
Although this is a very small start to the reigniting of the power of drama in our lives, this first step towards a new normal provided a wonderful creative outlet that was long overdue. We left the drama den with fired-up imaginations and emotions about possibilities in the remaining weeks of the year, and the rich satisfaction that joy brings with it. Certainly it's our fervent hope that these dramatic and creative opportunities will open up for the other grades sooner rather than later.