In our work with Jeremy Harrison at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, we have been learning to devise Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). We worked in groups with students from a local elementary school last week, and then this week we took our experiences and created a show for the students to come and see.
Our show focused on the story of a Bug who wants to be an actor, but bad reviews cause him to lose his voice. The kids then go on an adventure to many worlds on a quest to find a cure for the bug so he can get his voice back. There was a Rhythm Land for him to get his groove back, a magical potion picnic, a costume shop to find clothes that make him confident, and a Lady of the Lake who creates relaxing bubble baths. All 60 kids were able to participate in each of stations and then they brought their findings back to the Bug. The combination of the kids efforts and encouragement gave the Bug the confidence he needed to perform a Shakespearean monologue and continue with his acting career.
The kids, who are the true experts in TYA, then gave us their feedback. It was a great success and a lot of fun for the kids and the adults alike!
The Bug Shadow Puppet Prologue
Above: Val as Magic Potion Princess (left) and the kids making a bug bubble bath (right).
Jeremy Harrison Leading the Kids Feedback Session