Thursday 30 April 2020
Thought I would take us back to 2012 this week and: GRANNY BIG PANTS! written by our Junior Drama group of 8-13 year olds 8 years ago! This is Scene 12: SILENCE…
Thursday 23 April 2020
Our final sample extract from the first scene of: THREE TRILLION TONNES OF ICE, which is being written by our Junior Drama group (for 8-13 year olds), was penned by a young member of the group back on 20 January 2020:
“Is living here a privilege or a punishment? Living on this Earth is rewarding: with memories, fun, family and friends. It could be a punishment with the world’s trees decreasing astronomically and the ice caps melting at lightning speed. Living on this Earth could be filled with people making the wrong decisions causing war and pain to everyone. But it is also filled with people making the right decisions and making people’s lives better, more enjoyable and easier. Living on this Earth can be a privilege or a punishment.”
Thursday 16 April 2020
Here’s yet another excerpt from: THREE TRILLION TONNES OF ICE which is being written by our Junior Drama group for 8-13 year olds:
“Many animals live on this Earth: some big, some small. There are also humans. I am a human myself. Animals live in many different places but humans usually live in houses; some on the streets; some in huts. But there is a problem with Earth at the moment: because of some people. Some people are using too many fossil fuels. The Earth is warming up. And that is causing many different things to happen. One of them is the icebergs melting. Polar bears are losing their homes.”
This piece was written on 20 January 2020 by a young member of the group. We love the title of our play and when we do get to finish writing it, rehearsing it, and performing it, we hope you will join us for the adventure.
Thursday 9 April 2020
Here’s another taste of the powerful writing from our Junior Group from their forthcoming production of: THREE TRILLION TONNES OF ICE
“Living on this earth is a gift. We get to experience miracles. The news sometimes makes us think that everything is bad and horrible but that isn’t true. There’s bad but also good. Now nearly everyone has realised that if we work together anyone or anything bad can be stopped. This planet has given us everything to survive; it just depends how we use and share these resources. We haven’t quite figured it out yet but we will.”
This piece was written on 20 January 2020 by a young member of the group and, in retrospect, it now seems quite prophetic!
Thursday 2 April 2020
It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another Junior Drama update!
JAC Director Daniel Austin writes that:
“We thought we would give you another sneak preview of the incredible writings from our developing Junior Drama play for this year called:
THREE TRILLION TONNES OF ICE
“It’s sunny: big. It’s about seeing different people. The world is a big, beautiful place with different animals, people and nature. We have so many types of places, houses and lots of things can happen, like: droughts, fires, storms, floods. We have people trying to change the world to help our Earth be a better place. Some lands can be very big and some can be small. You can’t even see some on a map. Some places can be hot all the time and some can be cold all the time. We have so much food – and there’s so much. You try something new every day: there’s many types of fruit and veg – so many meals you have never tried!”
This piece was written on 20 January 2020 by a young member of the group.”
Our Junior Drama group for 8-13-year-olds has now been running for 14 years, having started in January 2006 with two senior members of our youtheatre. The workshops take participants through the disciplines of commitment, communication and concentration with sessions on improvisation, voice, movement and text incorporating a multitude of other fun drama activities and games. The workshops also develop social skills and confidence.
Since that time, fifteen former members of the youtheatre have taught Junior Drama: Francesca Duncan, Jonny Liron, Jack Speckleton, Andrew Oliveira, Jenny McCarthy, Jacqui Wagner, Sheri Burt, William Howell-Jackson, Hettie Duncan, Craig Hamilton, Raoul Crosby, Ellie Donohoe, Joss MacDonald, Lucy Abraham and Peter Jones. Daniel Austin returned as Director of the company in September 2015 and has since co-directed with Fiona Marchant (2015/16), Peter Jones (2016/17) and now Fynn Mason (2018 – present).
In June 2018, fourteen young actors performed a new piece of theatre, written by themselves, called ‘this untitled thing’ which was presented with a myriad of rucksacs, drinking beakers, inflatables, beach towels and culminated in a ‘monster mash’ party for the audience at the end!
In June 2019, twelve young actors took on the challenging task of staging the profound work of ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu with the kind permission of the translator, John Minford. We were reminded in 13 chapters, of the consequences and futility of war, the skills and tactics necessary to outwit opponents and the discipline of offensives and espionage. This piece was staged by the group themselves incorporating giant chess pieces, a bike, rubble and incredible energy.
Over the past twelve years the group has also presented 12 other productions, including: David Holman’s Whale (2006), Lynne Reid Banks’s The Travels of Yoshi and the Tea Kettle (2009), an adaptation of The Jungle Book (2010), Nigel Williams’s adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (2011), Granny Big Pants – created by the group (2012), the ancient classic The Odyssey (2013), Gargling with Jelly (2015), something theatre (2016) and Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (2017). The group has also worked on Bertolt Brecht texts, devised and improvised along the way, and made presentations of short pieces.
Our Junior Drama group has written a couple of plays in the past three years and their next one is about the Earth and our lives on it. We were meant to be performing the piece in June but we may have to postpone now. Who knows! The play is called:
THREE TRILLION TONNES OF ICE
We started working on it back in January and so here is a small moment, written by one of its members who are all aged between 8-13 years:
“The Earth is our home: we are all connected by this big ball of life. We take it for granted. How we survive fascinates me. How we came here in the first place is a mystery we will never fully understand. I want a full, beautiful life here. I want to fulfil my dreams and grow up not needing to worry about if we are even going to make it. Everything is changing. Everything is becoming more and more dangerous. I worry if we don’t fix it, we will have no planet. But I love it for what it’s given me so far so we need to keep it that way.”
This piece was written on 16 January 2020.