Here at TVYT we aim to create inspiring and original pieces of theatre that the young people can be proud of. Pieces that they can look at and say, “I helped to create that”. There are so many elements that go into making a good piece of theatre and one of the most important elements is…
Yes, I mean it, playing games. We play a lot of games. Two games even made it into the most recent show, “The Birds Stop to Listen”. So, why are games so important to the TVYT process?
I’m not saying that games stop this from happening; there is very little that we can do before a young person enters the rehearsal space, so when they do enter we make it as FUN as possible. The game Name Torpedo makes sure that nobody is ever in that desperately awkward situation where they have to talk to someone that they don’t know the name of.
How many times have you been in a stressful situation and been introduced to people and then promptly forgotten their names?
I have many times! Then you spend the whole time freaking out about how to get their attention, to address them and talk about them without letting everyone know that you have no idea what their name is.
We hear A LOT about being able to be part of a team. If you are not a team player, being in a performance is super hard, and not just for you. It is hard for everyone involved if there are people who don’t desire the whole thing to be great. If you are too concerned about making sure that you stand out; that you get the applause; that everyone says how amazing you are, then you’re not helping to make a great piece of theatre.
THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT YOU CANNOT BE GREAT WITHIN A TEAM.
If the team shines and creates an awesome piece of theatre, then you have been a part of that, you will have been supported by the rest of the cast to be the best that you can be and you will have been in the position to help them be the best that they can be.
We dwell on our mistakes and we worry about what people think of us for much longer than we need to.
In theatre there are so many games that are dedicated to this, improvisation is made up of this very idea of freeing your thinking, that nothing is wrong.
Often we hold back because we’re worried that we’ll look stupid. Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t worry about voicing ideas in everyday life?
I know that this is just spelling out the obvious for you, but GAMES ARE FUN. If you’re laughing with other people before having to devise, rehearse and perform a show with them, you already have something in common. It means that you don’t have to be creative with strangers. You already have in-jokes and something to bond over.
OK so those are only 4 reasons, I promise you there are more but look at how much space they’ve taken up. I say, and TVYT says, that we all need a little bit of play in our lives. No, scrap that, I reckon we need a lot of play in our lives.
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