Our Theatre In Education (T.I.E) project will be performed to young children in primary schools. This will require a different acting approach because unlike performing to older audiences, with children the tone and pitch of our voices will have to change. To get into the idea of performing to children, the aim of this session was to play some children games to encourage us to have more childish behaviour.
The games that we played were:
- What’s The Time Mr Wolf?
- Blind Man’s Buff
- Chinese Whispers
- Musical Chairs
Through doing these games, I was able to get into a young mind set and not think about any other troubles that our young audiences also wouldn’t have to worry about. I was able to think freely and go back to how I felt playing these games in primary school. This is how we will need to be when performing to young children and have that mind set as it will ensure that our audience will understand and keep interested.
An example of me being in that childish mind set that stood out while watching back was my reaction to winning at musical chairs when I put my hands up in the air. It was clear that we all got very competitive, even though the prize was just a chocolate bar. Before that though, the first game we played was ‘What’s The Time Mr Wolf?’ and myself and Emma Croft took very small steps to make sure we wouldn’t have far to run to avoid getting caught. After the first go, we got a comment from Erica which lead to us turning to each other and laughing because even though it was just a game, we still didn’t want to lose, which no one would, especially children. Examples of others being in that mind set was Beth Easdown shouting during musical chairs that she didn’t cheat.
Chinese Whispers was a game that I would always play in primary school and what I always remembered was that someone would always try to change the sentence. However, this time we all had the goal to get the sentence around and required good communication and listening skills. What I noticed was that we would always get annoyed if the sentence wasn’t the same and again got childish when either: someone asked to repeat it or we knew it had been changed.
Blind Man’s Buff was probably the most tense as we were all desperate not to get caught, however, this game was the one that didn’t really work. This was because we were in such a large room and it took too long for someone to get caught and caused us to get bored after a while.
Despite that, most of these were able to get myself and everyone to have more childish behaviour and I observed that even when Erica first mentioned that we would be doing games, we all got very excited. We need to keep this excitement so when we rehearsing and performing our T.I.E, we can share this with out audience and understand how they will be feeling and what they want to see.