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Month: March 2016

Drama Journal: Working on skit with Neil Farrely

After the winter break we worked on making a devised theatre with a man called Neil Farrely. He is from a drama group (?) called Nose to Nose, and he came to YIS to help us with drama skits. We made a short skit that promotes current 8th graders to come to drama when they became 9th grade. I learnt how to effectively express our emotions through drama, and that there are many types of drama; such as physical, narrative, and symbolic.

We started off with a simple warmup. The first one was to move to different spot  in a circle, and as the time went on we stated screaming while moving around, which helped us out with breathing, and breathing helped us a lot when expressing our emotions. After several exercises, he randomly chose our groups and we were told to create a short piece to promote 8th graders to take drama class. At first I was a bit nervous because I was expecting this activity to be very hard, since we had to condense a lot of things in short piece. However, it turned out easy, and we decided to do a narrative piece, which there were a lot of speaking, but no movement. In the piece, Olle was narrating in emotional (?) way, and I was trying to get a basketball from Leo, Takumi,  and Kent, but they all declined my request in variety ways. We tried to make our scene as simple as possible, and I also tried to speak as dramatic and loud enough as possible so that I can effectively express my emotion and situation.

I think that the piece went quite well. I was able to speak clearly, and loud enough, so that everyone could hear what I said without any confusion. However, it look me a bit long time to get used to speak louder, since I don’t normally speak loudly in drama (maybe because I get nervous?). Maybe the issue with my play is that since there was no movement maybe it was a little boring for audiences, and also maybe it was also hard to imagine what happened in the piece mentally. However, I still think that I did well and contribute to group, and I’m glad that I got to work with Neil.

I can connect this experience when I wanted to express my emotions. Tone and the way I breath is very important to show my emotions, and this will be useful in drama and it also become realistic so that audiences can enjoy our piece. I would like to make a full use of this experience in future, and become better at expressing my emotions through words, body. However, I still need to be more relaxed while performing, so that I can easily act out very well and the drama would be much better.

Drama: My room is my ??????

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Recently we looked at how to represent our room on a sheet of paper by using images, which was “My Room is My …”. I believe that my room is my office. This is because my room looks fairly simple and normal, and there is nothing special, but there are my desk, chair, devices, bookshelf which are for my works but there are also some collections of some scaled models, my tennis equipments, and poster and calendar, which makes my room cooler. Before making my room on a sheet of paper, I came up with some ideas in my rooms; such as what things are there, what is the color, and the mood being created. After thinking about those, I found out that there are my studying and tennis equipments, and since the wall is white, this makes my room calm and relaxed. The mood being created is calm, and chilled since there is nothing in my room that have loud colors.

I tried my best to use the minimum amount of images in order to show the calm and chilled mood of my room, and I also tried to leave out the white space so that I can emphasize the mood even more. However, I tried my best to find cool images of things I have in my room, in order to make my room look cool even though there’s not much things. I also put some books and devices so that I can show the office atmosphere. By putting quite a lot of books, I can emphasize that my room is my office. The balance in my room is quite normal, since the images are scattered all over the sheet of paper. By doing that, there’ll be no too much white space on a paper where there is nothing, which will make the balance bad, but I can feel that there are some fun in my room even though it looks quite like an office. On the other hand, I don’t think that there’s a good unity in my poster, because the images are scattered all over the place, and images are next to thing that doesn’t relate to it at all. However, it was fun making my room, and I would like to do this again. Next time I would focus on making a good unity, so that it looks more organized.

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