A conversation with Jen over coffee discussing the idea of working together, followed by a decision to split the group into age range, younger and older, a term plan later and we were off…full steam ahead!
It has been such an enjoyable experience working with Jen’s Juniors and although I was a little apprehensive at first to be drawing on my (very dated) sixth form drama and Uni acting experiences in order to coach the groups, they made me feel totally at ease after just the first session. The young people of Jen’s Juniors are so enthusiastic, always coming to a session wanting to learn which makes helping them so much easier.
The group, which is made up of young people ranging from age 7-14 has a very mixed selection of backgrounds and personalities but they all have their own strengths, talent and most importantly a ‘can do’ attitude.
Over the term and during their acting sessions with Jen and I, the groups worked on bringing their acting sketches to life. They were split into smaller groups of 2’s, 3’s and 4’s and each given a specific acting sketch by Jen with the aim of pushing them out of their comfort zones. After the first two sessions of getting to know them better I could understand why Jen had given them certain roles and it became more obvious which individuals were going to need a little bit more help.
I have to say that the majority of the group worked extremely hard every session and took on board both the positive comments and things to improve on from Jen, their peers and myself. They have developed their own characters and emotions within the scenes and working with the rest of their group learnt to support each other to perfect their performances.
I am really pleased with the progress they have made during the term and it has been a real pleasure to work with them. They will be performing their acting sketches in December as part of a show that Jen is organising and I wish them all the very best of luck 🙂
I hope that they will welcome me back during 2019 and I look forward to the next challenge.