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Aurelian Workshop: Extracting the Sweetness By Annette Box President Drama Queensland INTRODUCTION: Aurelian Creative Artist Genevieve Trace has mastered the art of extracting stories from the locals of her sugarcane farming home town in the Burdekin district to create a contemporary performance piece that is bittersweet & evocative. This workshop aims to equip teachers with a range of approaches to assist their students to engage with the styles of Community & Verbatim Theatre, while incorporating Contemporary & Post Modern conventions & dramatic techniques. WARM UP ACTIVITIES: Shelter, Survivor, Cyclone There needs to be groups of 3 with one person spare (workshop leader may need to participate) 2 people create a 'shelter' around one person by joining hands in a circle around them. They are the 'shelter' 1 person stands in the middle. They are the 'survivor' When 'shelter' is called the 2 people need to raise their arms but remain connected & move throughout the space to find a new 'survivor' to protect (they bring their arms over the person & create a new circle with an individual in the middle) When 'survivor' is called that person must duck from the cover of their 'shelter' & find a new one When 'cyclone' is called all previous roles are cancelled & participants must form new groups of 3. They can fulfil either of the 2 roles, regardless of the role they previously fulfilled The aim is to not be the extra person who is NOT a survivor or a shelter. It is this person who gives the verbal cues for the participants PHASE 1: Pictures of You Entry points to Stories Explain that a Q&A approach is not always the best way to gain access to someone's most intriguing stories, pictures can tell a thousand words Show an extract of the TV Show 'Pictures of You' where Anh Do (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNI6aRwXFwY) is interviewed using selected pictures from his past. Explain that subjects for verbatim interviews can always be asked to bring photos from their past as a stimulus for the interview

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Page 1: Aurelian)Workshop:)Extracting*the*Sweetness* By*Annette ... · Aurelian)Workshop:)Extracting*the*Sweetness* By*Annette*Box* President*Drama*Queensland*) INTRODUCTION:! Aurelian!Creative!ArtistGenevieve!Trace!has!mastered!the

 

Aurelian  Workshop:  Extracting  the  Sweetness    By  Annette  Box  President  Drama  Queensland        INTRODUCTION:    Aurelian  Creative  Artist  Genevieve  Trace  has  mastered  the  art  of  extracting  stories  from  the  locals  of  her  sugarcane  farming  home  town  in  the  Burdekin  district  to  create  a  contemporary  performance  piece  that  is  bittersweet  &  evocative.  This  workshop  aims  to  equip  teachers  with  a  range  of  approaches  to  assist  their  students  to  engage  with  the  styles  of  Community  &  Verbatim  Theatre,  while  incorporating  Contemporary  &  Post  Modern  conventions  &  dramatic  techniques.        WARM  UP  ACTIVITIES:    Shelter,  Survivor,  Cyclone  -­‐  There  needs  to  be  groups  of  3  with  one  person  spare  (workshop  leader  may  need  to  participate)  -­‐  2  people  create  a  'shelter'  around  one  person  by  joining  hands  in  a  circle  around  them.  They  are  the  'shelter'    -­‐  1  person  stands  in  the  middle.  They  are  the  'survivor'  -­‐  When  'shelter'  is  called  the  2  people  need  to  raise  their  arms  but  remain  connected  &  move  throughout  the  space  to  find  a  new  'survivor'  to  protect  (they  bring  their  arms  over  the  person  &  create  a  new  circle  with  an  individual  in  the  middle)  -­‐  When  'survivor'  is  called  that  person  must  duck  from  the  cover  of  their  'shelter'  &  find  a  new  one  -­‐  When  'cyclone'  is  called  all  previous  roles  are  cancelled  &  participants  must  form  new  groups  of  3.  They  can  fulfil  either  of  the  2  roles,  regardless  of  the  role  they  previously  fulfilled  -­‐  The  aim  is  to  not  be  the  extra  person  who  is  NOT  a  survivor  or  a  shelter.  It  is  this  person  who  gives  the  verbal  cues  for  the  participants    PHASE  1:    Pictures  of  You  -­‐  Entry  points  to  Stories  -­‐  Explain  that  a  Q&A  approach  is  not  always  the  best  way  to  gain  access  to  someone's  most  intriguing  stories,  pictures  can  tell  a  thousand  words  -­‐  Show  an  extract  of  the  TV  Show  'Pictures  of  You'  where  Anh  Do  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNI6aRwXFwY)  is  interviewed  using  selected  pictures  from  his  past.  Explain  that  subjects  for  verbatim  interviews  can  always  be  asked  to  bring  photos  from  their  past  as  a  stimulus  for  the  interview    

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-­‐Engaging  images  -­‐  participants  are  to  work  in  small  groups  using  the  large  black  &  white  images  created  to  create  possibilities  for  what  stories  may  emerge  from  some  seemingly  mundane  or  pedestrian  photos.  Select  one  &  share  with  the  group.  The  focus  here  is  on  the  beauty  &  dramatic  potential  on  the  often  seemingly  'small'  stories        PHASE  2:    Tell  Me  Lies,  Tell  Me  Sweet  Little  Lies  -­‐  The  Art  of  Storytelling  -­‐  Participants  are  to  pair  up  &  select  one  true  story  from  their  past  (can  be  light!)  &  to  share  it  with  their  partner.  Their  partner  is  then  to  retell  the  story  to  them.  Repeat  for  the  other  person.      -­‐  Pairs  are  then  to  select  their  own  OR  their  partner's  story  to  retell,  without  telling  other  participants  &  the  group  are  to  guess  whose  story  it  is.  -­‐  This  is  used  to  identify  key  acting  techniques  required  when  delivering  another's  story  authentically:  eye  contact,  audience  engagement,  sincerity  if  vocal  &  facial  expression,  genuine  emotional  attachment,  reflective  in  style    PHASE  3:    The  words,  the  rituals  -­‐  Using  an  audio  extract  of  an  interview  about  the  Brisbane  2011  Floods,  participants  will  reflect  on  key  interviewing  techniques  utilised  by  the  ABC  Radio  Journalist:  open  ended  questions,  pursuing  a  lead  in  a  story,  capitalising  on  opportunities  for  detail  &  when  to  change  tactic  or  path  -­‐  Participants  are  to  work  in  small  groups  &  to  take  one  audio  grab  they  relates  to  a  ritual  that  could  be  workshopped  in  the  space  to  bring  the  story  to  life.  The  focus  is  on  using  both  abstract  &  literal  representations  of  the  ritual  as  well  as  aspects  of  ritual  drama  (eg.  chorus,  canon,  symbol,  repetition,  motif,  call  &  response)  to  contextualise  the  story  &  recreate  the  moment  &  the  mood  of  the  story.  Participants  are  to  select  key  phrases  or  extracts  from  the  interview  (the  transcript  will  be  provided)  to  include  vocally  throughout  as  well  as  one  audio  grab  to  be  included  during  this  -­‐  this  really  allows  the  audience  to  connect  with  the  truth  of  the  story  &  the  reality  of  the  'character'    OTHER  ENTRY  POINTS:    Other  ways  to  gain  access  to  an  interviewees’  personal  memories  &  stories  without  using  the  traditional  Q&A  approach  include:  Objects  -­‐  ask  the  interviewee  to  bring  an  object  of  significance  to  them  to  talk  about  Senses  -­‐  walk  the  interviewee  through  favourite  or  memorable  sensory  moments  in  their  past  to  unlock  a  wider  range  of  experiences  Key  phrases  -­‐  provide  a  series  of  leading  statements  to  guide  their  sharing  &  avoid  cloze  responses,  eg.  My  most  embarrassing  moment  was  when...  Idiosyncrasies  -­‐  do  they  have  a  habit?  Get  them  to  demonstrate  &  to  share  where,  when  &  why  it  developed.  

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 RESOURCES  TO  USE  IN  CLASS:    ‘Verbatim:  Staging  Memory  and  Community’  (Currency  Press),  Pictures  of  You  (Channel  7,  any  episodes,  many  available  on  youtube),  any  interviews  by  Michael  Parkinson  or  Andrew  Denton,  Playscripts:  ‘Embers’,  ‘Aftershocks’,  ‘April's  Fool’,  ‘Snapshots  from  Home’  &  ‘Cribbie’,  Roslyn  Oades  &  her  work  on  Headphone  Verbatim,  namely    'I'm  Your  Man'  &  'Stories  of  Love  &  Hate'  with  Belvoir  Theatre,  'Aurelian'  Resource    CONCLUSION:    How  to  apply  the  'Aurelian'  Resource  in  class  or  a  unit  of  work:  -­‐  View  as  an  example  of  Verbatim,  Community,  Post-­‐Modern,  Contemporary  Theatre  or  the  one-­‐person  show  style  for  Responding  work  or  as  an  example  of  the  Presenting  or  Forming  skills  involved  -­‐  Use  the  interviews  or  show  'script'  with  the  creatives  in  a  Forming  task  to  analyse  the  dramatic  choices  made  in  the  devising  process  -­‐  Use  extracts  of  the  interview  transcripts  to  play  with  creating  or  performing  Verbatim  scripts  -­‐  Use  as  a  model  for  the  Presenting  skills  required  in  this  style  of  theatre    -­‐  Time  for  Questions