January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

A quick blog update on the workshop on Saturday! Overall it was absolutely fanastic! The participants seemed to enjoy themselves and the group and I engaged in some really exciting debates! The hard work the evening before (see angry blog below!) really did pay off and the participants also seemed to enjoy their personalised gifts 🙂

The workshop started off great – I was incredibly nervous but the participants enthusiasm soon put me at ease. We began with some simple introductions and it became immediately clear why I was doing this project. The participants were looking at one another with such understanding, completely empathising with their struggles and experiences like no one else had been able to before. We then moved onto some great socio-metrix excerises that I learnt from my training with Baba Israel; really simple but effective session! I was basically reading out snippets from each of their filmes and the group physically responded by standing in the middle of the room, meaning strongly agree or further out towards the walls, meaning strongly disagree. I’ve caught it all on film and think it would make an exciting contribution to the final DVD!

We then played the ‘impossible task’ of listing every single bed we have ever slept in (this was fun!) and recreated on which conjured up the strongest emotion, but not necessarily the strongest memory. We then had some lunch (yum!) and watched the ‘No Bed of Roses’ performance in the museum, courtesy of The People’s History Museum. This was well received by the participants and again, lead to some interesting discussion. Finally, we head back to the learning studio and did some evaluation and wrapped things up. It was then that the group decided they would like to meet again and has inspired the idea of a storytelling event in Manchester, targeting those who have at some point, left and returned back to Manchester.

I’ll be uploading some pictures taken by the professional photographer at the workshop and will provide you with some exicting information what on happened in the workshop! Here are a couple of evaluation posters that came out of the workshop:-

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Today I have been busy with a skype meeting with my artistic mentor, Rajni Shah and have been writing my O2 Think Bigger funding application… fingers and toes crossed! I will keep you up to date!


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