The MYT Senior Group will be performing a play called Dungeness by Chris Thompson as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival 2018. We launch the project next Thursday. We are all very excited!
It was terrific to welcome some 7-12 year olds to Masque Youth Theatre on Thursday August 24th. We had a day of games, dressing-up, acting short scenes, dressing-up, more games and dressing-up! Hopefully this gave them a taste of what MYT is all about and hopefully we shall see them again in September. Thank you to all who came along.
The last day of Summer School saw students using everything they had practised on Days One and Two to devise a performance. How to combine puppetry and Shakespeare? Answer : a part puppet-led, part live action retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet performed to a small, but appreciative, audience in the hall of the church as well as outside in different locations on the grounds. It was terrific to see such creativity pull seemingly random strands together into a coherent performance … and the sun shone! A massive well done to the Summer School students of 2017!
Day Two saw a visit from Diana from Creation Theatre. They are an Oxford-based company who specialise in producing theatre in locations other than a traditional theatre; much of their work is outdoors, for example. Diana led a day of Shakespeare storytelling. Amazingly, after three hours only, the group were able to perform the entire story of Romeo and Juliet in various settings around Christ Church …well, sort of! It was a lot of fun and certainly inspired lots of ideas.
After experimenting with giving life to inanimate objects such as pipe-cleaners and pencils, our Summer School students, directed by Tom, made their own paper puppets and learnt how to manipulate them. The puppets began to breathe, move and betray real emotion to such an extent that, later in the day, they became engaging characters in short devised pieces. We thank Tom and Tim enormously for a fun day of puppetry.