Friday, 7 March 2008

Throwing balls in a circle - leading to a scene

Stand in a circle and instruct the group to throw a ball to other people in the circle
A connection must be made with the thrower and reciever before the ball is thrown
The aim of those recieving is to be open and receptive to recieve at all times.
Once this is working well more balls can be added. (This increases the need foe the group to connect and be receptive to one another)

Progreesion - Throw ball to someone, say your name and then go to that space. Once the group become more familiar with opne another you can say the persons name you are throwing it to

Variation 1
A ball can be thrown around the circle but the person recieving must remember who threw the ball to them and who they then threw the ball to. The pattern of recieving and passing the ball is then maintained in the circle. Once you have revieved and passed the ball you can fold your arms to help the others know that you have had your turn.
More balls can be added as the group get batter at the activity

With both the above exercises a good question to ask the groups is What is needed for the activity to be succesful?

Variation 2
Throw ball to one another in the circle experimenting with diffrent levels and shapes. i.e. Under arm, over arm, flick it, bounce it etc
How does it change your body position as a thrower? or a reciever?
How does it make you feel?
What affect does it have on the group?
Does any emotion come out of the activity?
Or perhaps a theme for a narrative may be sparked?

It can be useful to have people observing who can be asking the above questions and watching for patterns and shapes.
As shapes, partnerships, groupings become visable they can be frozen and brainstormed for dramatic ideas.
Sound or words can be added by the group and a simple scene can be developed.
Push the group to improvise a scene bearing in mind the same idea of being receptive to offers made tot them. This will help them to build the improvisation.

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