02 December 2019 Emily Yong   | News | Year 07  
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On Friday the 15th 7ENGA participated in an event organised by Ms Yong. A member of Bell Shakespeare called Paul came in to explain to us what ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is about and also drama as a genre. Throughout the duration of the session, he instructed us to complete a variety of activities. The first activity he told us to do was to sit in a circle and one by one tell our names to Paul and one thing we enjoyed. The second activity was a game in which we had to walk around when he said stop, we stopped. When he said to go, we began walking again. To make the activity more challenging Paul added new actions one was to jump one was to clap. He proceeded to add fast and slow. Finally to make the activity more challenging he reversed all the actions so stop was go and go was stop. The second activity was an acting activity in which 7A students formed groups and tried to create objects using only our bodies. One object was a toilet and people scrambled to get the seat, than the person sitting on the seat and etc. The final activity he had us do was he made us act out two sections for ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’ and every group tried to make the characters as believable as possible. After performing, Paul would give advice to make it better and the group tried again. Paul taught us the main idea of drama, that actors have to be spontaneous and have to be able to act on the spot with creative ideas. I think the most enjoyable aspect of Paul teaching us was that we got to act and experience drama in a practical way. The style in which Paul taught was very intriguing and engaging which made us focus more on what he was saying.

By Christopher Xie

On Friday 15th November, Ms Yong organised an incursion for our drama study of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ incursion was a really fun experience for me and 7A . An actor named Paul from Bell Shakespeare came in to talk to us about the play and conducted a range of drama activities. Firstly, we started by going around in a circle by saying our name and what we like (soccer was mostly liked). Then, there were fun activities like the one which we created groups of 5 and created objects. We had to create a toilet! Then we got to create a second object which was an elephant, that also was pretty hard. There were also some mini games which made you listen carefully and memorise. The most fun activity was the roleplay. We had to choose what characters we wanted to be and we acted out and read the character’s lines from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. There were some really funny scenes which made it a better experience.

By Farhan Shaji 7A