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The Juilliard Approach to Drama

Devised Theatre for Youth with Mrs. Buchan

At the end of the term, the students will devise and perform a piece of theatre for the toughest audience there is: our very own Early Years students!

For the last three weeks, students have been developing new dramatic techniques that are specifically designed to entertain the very youngest at our school.

Actors can’t escape physics.

Forces such as pushing, pulling, twisting, and throwing all take different muscle groups to execute. As convincing performers, actors must understanding how physics would interact with the body, be it stage combat or simply exaggerating the weight of an object.

Below you see Sami, Seth and Macky using forces and mime to show one piece of string going in through one bag and out of the other – magic!

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The Patch Theatre Company, our troop in the spotlight this term, specialize in creating theatre for very young audiences.

They “explore the way that children see the world, acknowledging the relevance of their thinking with stories that promote imagination, wonder, and discovery.”

You will see Maka, Melle and Claire using ordinary paper bags to create an imaginative world for our Early Years students to join!

Theatre is far from a solitary art form.

 A successful production results from the communal efforts of those working onstage, the backstage collaborators, and the design team.

However, there is a special connection that can happen amongst the actors onstage: a greater awareness of each other’s positioning in the space, their body movements, and even one another’s breathing. Actors train and practice to master this proprioceptive awareness, and once achieved, it can significantly impact the fluidity of an entire performance.

Cayenne and Rony are working to not mimic each other, but perform in perfect synchronization. This comedic technique is a big hit for younger years, but is a real feat of theatric awareness and timing.