March 29, 2012
On the nicest day we’re probably going to get in Ireland, the group did some pretty interesting character work. We tried to stand as our characters would, this varied from strong Lord Capulet, to shy teenagers, leading from every point of the body. After doing a walk that Tyra Banks would be proud of, we explored different spaces that the characters would be in.
With plenty of in-character teenagers in the space, we were all given the task of introducing ourselves to each other. There were some very impolite people, some shy people, Shakespearian people and some rather nice characters about.
Personally, I learned that my character (Lady Capulet) does love her husband, but she is afraid of him, that’s why I don’t rush to help Juliet (Played by the lovely and fabulous Shauna) the second time. She feels the most comfortable in a party in her own house, because she can pretend to be whoever she wants. She feels uncomfortable near her angry husband (My partner in crime Conor plays Lord Capulet)
During breaks and/or lapses of concentration, some of us started singing. We started off with Hakuna-Matata and then got onto the deeper depths of musical fantabulousness. It’s a personal mission of mine to spread good music and try to stop less than great music from taking over the world. (No music is terrible, it’s just… Not perfect)
Since this is my time to shout and rant, I don’t care so shut up and listen!
Because I play a million and one instruments, I think music is very important. The ever-growing list of instruments include: Piano (poorly), Kalimba (Well-enough), Banjo (If I needed to) Bodhrán (Very well), Ukulele, Harmonica and Guitar. So if anyone wants a musical conversation, come find me.
“What does the music we listen to say about ourselves?”-My boring teacher 2012
I have over 10,000 songs on my iTunes, 1,425 on my iPod, dozens of CDs and far too much time on my hands. There are playlists for when I’m happy, sad, when the world seems to be coming to an end and for when I’m supposed to be studying. I’ve now decided that our taste in music does not reflect who we are but how we’re feeling.
Thanks to our insane moods, music is deathly important, it can make me happy when skies are grey, Dance with spiders from mars (or even Lucy in the sky with diamonds), Think we’re rock stars or fireworks, little monsters or Dirty little freaks, we can reach for the stars and even over the rainbow. Sometimes we can even be so excited for Friday that we gotta get down on Friday. (FunFunFunFun)
I now feel the need to tell you some artists/ songs that everyone should hear (and possibly even some reasons! Oh the excitement!)
Lelia Broussard: Hipster Bitch/ Satellite (because you’re probably a hipster/ this one is very cute)
Tegan and Sara (Just in general they rock, Listen to them and you’re on the list of people I love forever)
Sara Bareilles: Uncharted
And loads more, but I have music to listen to so I must finish up. Come talk to me about music, I implore you.
Jumping, Shouting, Scene rehearsal, Character work and some (fabulous but not asked for) singing. Another great day in the youth theatre. I honestly love you all, thank you for existing and making my weeks very entertaining!
March 26, 2012
So this week at Youth Theatre, we did more work with our scripts.
As a warm-up and to get us thinking and acting as our character, Eimear had us play a game where we take it in turns to say things our character has done during the week as our character would say them.
Then we split into our groups and ran our lines.....
I’m in a scene from the Shakespearian classic Romeo & Juliet with Conor, Heather and Katie and I’m lucky enough to be playing Juliet herself. Conor and Heather are playing Capulet & Lady Capulet, my parents, respectively and Katie is the Nurse.
Although the play is over 400 years old, this scene is very relatable to teens today. In this scene, I am hiding pain and love from my parents, and arguing with them about my future and what I want. Many teenagers nowadays have the same struggles and arguments with their parents, and so in the scene I find it easy to tap into my own experiences to portray Juliet and how she’s feeling.
We’re setting the scene in a modern teenage girl’s bedroom, an interesting angle and setting for the Shakespearian scene. I’m really looking forward to acting it in the showcase later in the year.
This past year a lot has changed for me, I’ve had a lot of great new experiences and met some amazing people, and a lot of that is down to my involvement with the D15 Youth Theatre. I’ve never felt so comfortable around a group of people in my life. Everyone in the group is friends, we get on so well we even joke and say that we’re a family. Being so comfortable around my fellow group members allows me to express myself, blossom and be creative and this in turn helps me to develop as an actress and writer all the time. Having such a supportive and constructive creative environment available is fantastic, and does wonders for your confidence and self esteem.
When you show up to a workshop on a Tuesday night having had a crap day or week you know you’re going to leave with a smile on your face because the chemistry and energy in the group is amazing, it just lifts your spirits immediately when you step into the same room as them.
What we have in our group is really special, the dynamic is unbeatable and because we’re a newly established Youth Theatre there’s a certain excitement and buzz in the air as we can feel ourselves starting to take flight. The next couple of years will be exciting for us as we’ll have our first couple of shows together and we’ll all be able to say that we helped to build what will hopefully in a few years be a Youth Theatre big and bold enough to rival Dublin Youth Theatre from the ground up, and that really is special.
I’m truly honoured to be a part of the group, and I love everybody in it with all my heart.
March 20, 2012
So this week in the wonderful world of d15 youth theatre Ann and Eimear began to take us through our scripts.
Each group was given the chance to be creative with the scripts as we blocked more or less the first page of our scenes. It was really great to start putting actions to words. Everyone has different ideas of where the script should go and under our "mentors" the creative juices are flowing nicely.
The whole "creative" thing in our youth theatre is truely amazing. The ideas and concepts and jokes that come from a simple title or phrase is unbelievable. More often than not we surprise ourselves and laugh 'til we're sore.
D15 Youth Theatre has proven a great place to be unique and creative time and time again. I remember at my audition being shocked at how open everyone was. Every single person was creative and confident and,most surprisingly, genuinly nice people. Here everyone can be exactly who they are and I think that greatly contributes to , for want of a better word, awesomeness.
So to sum up for today:
D15 Youth Theatre is amazing...deal with it : )
March 9, 2012
Here at d15 we're all a bit mad. We're all about theatre and we portray that as much as we can.
There's 23 of us here, ranging in ages 13 to 18. We all get on and we have become almost like a family.
At d15 you can be yourself, nobody judges you and you can let the worries of reality slip away. It acts as an escape for most members, a break from school work or annoying parents, we all know life can be a bit stressful every now and then, but no matter what mood I'm in I'm always looking forward to 7:00 Tuesdays!!
Last Tuesday we all received our scripts! We were all very exited because we have never worked with scripts before.
People grew very animated as we practiced our scripts using different techniques. The scripts range from popular girls to a nagging Italian housewife to dying ship-mates.
We are hoping to hold a showcase pretty soon, we need to keep in mind that some members have exams, so we will have to find a suitable time for it!
All stars have the ability to shine!
March 6, 2012
After my recent foray into the world of blogging (one blog so far!), I thought we could start a blog about our Youth Theatre- so everyone can see how fabulous they are! It’ll work as a record of what we’ve done and where we are going, while letting anyone who is interested in Youth Theatre know a bit about the mysterious inner workings of a Youth Theatre. To kick it off here’s a bit about the group.
Now in our second term of our first year, we currently have 23 young people aged between 13-18years. We meet every Tuesday evening, for sessions with Mark Rogers, Ann Ryan and Eimear Morrissey. So far we have worked on everything from improvisation to Stanislavski technique to dance, we have seen a number of productions: The brilliantly imaginative “Six Characters in Search Of a Author” in The Project Theatre performed by DYT (Dublin Youth Theatre), we have experienced Opera in the shape of “The Magic Flute” by Opera Theatre Company, and been introduced to Physical Theatre by Cois Ceim’s “Touch Me”. We were lucky enough to have a great follow up workshop with Philippa Donnellan from Cois Ceim.
Coming up we have a date to see “Wheelchair on my Face” by Fishamble: The New Play Company and have just begun working towards a showcase for the end of April.
Knowing how creative our Youth Theatre happens to be, it seems that the most qualified to write, review and record the Youth Theatre- is the Youth Theatre. So from next week they’ll do just that, one or two participants will take on reviewing what we are doing each Tuesday, as well as telling us a bit about themselves, what they think about theatre, what they thought of the plays we have seen or a technique they have learned… anything theatre-y really.
We are lucky to have a few bloggers in the groups, so after a bit of blog delegation, first up we’ll have Izzy Philips with a review of last week, followed by a short opinion piece….so lets see how we get on…