TVYT @ St. Joseph's Middle School, Hexham
(school years 6-8)
TVYT@SJMS will be running alongside the academic school year so this group will be accepting years 6-8 from St Joseph's Middle School.
All of our weekly groups aim to reflect the interests and issues relevant to the young people involved and now, with the addition of this younger group, we're able to tailor this to specific age groups.
As the old cohort grow up and move on to other TVYT projects, places are opening up for new fresh faces from St Joseph's Middle School.
TVYT @ SJMS is one of the groups at the heart of TVYT. As a group they embrace the attitude needed for devising. They have helped to make the weekly sessions inclusive, inspiring and adventurous.
What we did in 2015...
HENKA NO YORO - THE NIGHT OF CHANGE
TVYT@SJMS created The Fever Stone, for the performance at Queen's Hall. It was a dark opening to the night, taking the group into much more sinister territory than previous projects.
It was a story of a young boy that disappeared under mysterious circumstances, little did the town know that something far more sinister was coming for them too.
Henka No Yoro was the first production where we introduced our creative internships. This project saw Eddie and Amelia, two of our TVYT.Young Leaders heading the design team.
PIECES OF HEAVEN
In Autumn 14 and Spring 15 our TVYT weekly groups worked on a piece inspired by 'Heaven Eyes', a novel by David Almond and also dramatised by Theatre sans Frontieres.
TVYT@SJMS created Heaven Heights, a performance that saw God as a clerical figurehead created for commercial gain in heaven. together with others from our weekly session group and Queen's Hall Youth Theatre, were performed at Queen's Hall in February 2015.
SPRING TERM 2014
This term our group are concentrating on developing their skills and having fun doing drama.
They will be doing a showback of their work,
'Weapon of Choice'
on Wednesday 2nd April at 5pm.
Next term is now open for bookings. The term dates are:
Wednesday 8th May to Wednesday 9th July.
This term we've been working with the theme of masks.
Our two groups have explored these themes in very different ways and produced two exciting new plays:
Look Behind You...
This play told the story of the community of Deathsville where there has been 49 murders in the last month. Two bumbling police officers, Orange and Bob, set about finding the killer amongst a motley group of suspects: the town Mayor, the Mad Scientist Doctor Zombie Cannibal, George Vampire and a Werewolf housewife.
This play told the story of a group of young swans over a year at their private school.
As each of them struggle to be themselves and not simply follow the flock in this competitive and image-obsessed world, there were bound to be some tragedies.
The agressive Headmistress, the new girl, the popular crowd and the one swan who is gay, all embark on personal struggles, tormented by the demons of their insecurities.
SJMS Summer Term 2013
Our two groups produced two dynamic plays this term - and performed them with commitment, professionalism and heart.
What different plays they were too - with the comedy and drunken silliness of 'Hi-ho!' and the darker and heartfelt, 'The Last Page'.
'Hi-ho!' follows a group of hapless dwarves who are responsible for guarding princesses. Unfortunately the princesses in their charge keep meeting sticky ends... poison apples mostly, so they set up P.L.O.P.S (Party to Legislate, Organise and Plan for our Survival) to train and deliver a better service. The boys drown their sorrows in a bottle of whiskey while the girls try and get fitter in 'Mining-Fit Class' - until Geordie accidentally falls victim to a poison apple given to him by Cockney. Finally there's no more time left to train as another princess arrives in their care...
'The Last Page' is the story of one ordinary boy, Will. His world is turned upside down when his mother walks out and leaves he and his brother in the care of their dad. The school bullies give him daily hassle about his mum no longer being around until one day he snaps and fights back. After a while, his constant fighting sees him in front of a counsellor, who suggests writing things down as a way of getting it out of his system. He tries, but can't stand happy endings. He tears them out of his journal and wishes bad things on people who have hurt him instead... until he gets the news that his brother has been killed and runs away, fearing that it was his fault.
After some time, he discovers that by locking the last pages of people's stories up, he can control them and has soon amassed a prison full of well-known characters. His threat of destroying their last pages and reducing them to memoryless wanderers is such that everyone behaves, in fear of the boy, now known as, The Librarian. Until one day when he destroys the last page of one boy called Hansel, as punishment for breaking into his office and trying to steal the pages. The rest of the group fight back and he locks himself in his office. The wanderers that were Gretal and Hansel drift effortlessly through the walls and finally release him from his pain by destroying his last page. He becomes a wanderer, drifting around looking for an answer.....
SJMS Summer Term blogger: PinkPanther2004
This term our expert blogger is PinkPanther2004. She will be keeping you up to date with all the goings on and antics of our group at SJMS this Summer.
Tuesday 11th June
This week we did something a little different. We decided to not play any games because apparently we are falling behind the other group, oh dear, so we thought we better catch up on some work.
We have explored the topic of someone controlling someone else, so Kiz showed us different acting techniques to show us how someone can control something or someone and how our brain gets used to certain patterns after practice. It was good to learn these techniques as they will help us to improve our acting, one of the main reasons we come to TVYT.
The beginning part of the play is coming along very well, you watch, next week we’ll have done twice as much as the other group!
Wednesday 5th June
The first week back after the half term! Everyone was pleased to be back at tvyt and we even showed Kiz a new game, a German game in fact (it would of helped if we knew how to actually play it, but oh well, it was fun anyway)! Everyone has picked a definite character they want to play and we have developed scenes in our characters, some of which are very funny. New ideas emerge every session and it’s great when you get to look back at what you already have and get to piece the scenes together to create your own unique story.
That’s the great thing about tvyt, you make it unique!
Wednesday 22nd May
This week everyone decided to get straight down to business. No games, we all couldn’t wait to start work on our play, which is coming along very well. We had to form groups that we had never been in before which was interesting, but I didn’t really mind, it gives a new combination of ideas. There was some very funny scenes invented and we discovered that one member of the group is very good at pretending to be from Balamory.
Two weeks before the next post, I bet you’re devastated.
Happy half term!
Wednesday 15th May
It may only be the second week of TVYT but already the skeleton of a play is starting to form. Characters and storylines are emerging with every new idea. It’s great because everyone is listened to and we try to find a way to fit everyone’s idea in. We all went off by ourselves to think about what sort of character, connected to our theme, we would like to play, then we presented our ideas.
Of course we all stopped working when someone brought out sweets, who can resist haribo?
The four hours we have had so far have been great, lets hope next week is too!
Wednesday 8th May
This week has been our first week back at TVYT. We enjoyed it so much the first time me and my friends came back.
We started the group by playing fun games like shuffle monster and keepy uppy, they are fun but help us improve our teamwork at the same time. We then all came up with our own ideas for a new play and shared them with the rest of the group.
Towards the end of the session we came up with a short scene in groups based on our ideas then preformed them, which i thought was really fun, especially when you end up improvising the end.
I can’t wait for next week.
Click on the video above to se what we got up to in The Tempest rehearsals.