This workshop is always funny. Here’s the scenario. There is one park bench and two people want it. One has just sat down to read a book. They have had a week from hell and they are determined to sit, read and relax at all costs. The other, having arranged to meet their secret lover at the ‘usual place’ arrives 5 minutes early only to find that someone else is occupying their spot. They have 5 minutes to get rid of this intruder by any means necessary. It’s hilarious watching people try a hole range of tactics to get the unwelcome visitor to move. A pair in the morning group managed to create an AMAZING piece of theatre without any dialogue whatsoever. But let me tell you, the sideways glances, the rolling of eyes and the exasperated sighs spoke volumes.
This week’s work also had a bit of theory in it. The behaviour tree is a tool that actors can use to help them understand the emotional factors that influence why a character might behave the way they do. As well as a tool to help them become better actors, most people found this useful to consider how they themselves behave in the real world. One of the participants in the morning said
“That tree was really useful. It made me think about how I react to things myself and if I want to change how I react, I need to change my attitude.”
Again this is one of the reasons I love drama. Theatre can be like a little mirror, allowing us to see things in different ways.