More D15 Blog….. by Shauna
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.