Alltheskills’s Blog

November 10, 2010

Halloween Happenings in Openshaw

Filed under: Community, Development, drama — alltheskills @ 1:14 pm

Naomi got into character to deliver her Halloween workshop!

Manchester Settlement based at The New Roundhouse in Openshaw are running  new programme of activities for children after school including drama, streetdance and arts and crafts. All The Skills have been hired to provide the drama workshops on this programme. .

This new programme of activities were promoted at a Halloween themed open days at the Roundhouse on the 30th October. There were taster workshops for all the different activities including “make a monster,” spooky facepanting and Naomi’s Halloween themed drama workshop.



As drama in all about getting into character and becoming somebody else Naomi delivered the workshop in full costume and Witch make up-causing only mild dismay in some of the younger children!

Naomi is currently leading these FREE drama  workshops on Monday afternoons.

3.30pm to 4.30pm is Drama for those aged 5-8 years old

4.30pm to 5.30pm is Drama for 9-13 year olds

Hope to see you there!


May 2, 2009

Naomi attends training with Playback Theatre Manchester

Filed under: Community, Development, drama, Training — alltheskills @ 10:22 pm

31st January 2009

Naomi in an attempt to have All The Skills went to learn about Playback Theatre today. Basically it involves an audience sharing stories with the actors then having them played back to them in one of many different stylised ways.

The emphasis is on listening and it’s a really unselfish process for actors to engage in. I’d like to use it with boisterous, star struck, fame academy style groups to get them working on listening skills, sharing and co-operation.

As an artist I think it is very important to constantly learn new skills which you can incorporate into your own practice.
Never stop learning, never forget what it is like to participate and be led.

Naomi plans to use some of the group machine ideas in future choral speaking sessions with 3rd Stage.

Choral speaking with 3rd Stage

Filed under: choral speaking, drama — alltheskills @ 10:16 pm

7th January 2009

Choral speaking with 3RD Stage an over 50s group who meet and do various activities at The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

Today Naomi took the group right back to where choral speaking and indeed theatre all began with the ancient greeks, animating a choral ode from Sophocles “Antigone.”

The group experiment with soundscapes, moving in unison and delivering lines while experimenting with volume, tone, pitch and emotion.

Naomi enjoyed working with an adult group and is pleased that the group run themselves and are self directed. It’s good when a group has autonomy rather than someone coming along and trying to get people to engage in an existing project-especially in the case of adults…

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