9 Rooms Down, 9990 To Go! (China)

September 3, 2017

We’ve had a busy few days exploring and settling into our new home - Ginger Cat Play & Arts Education! 


On Wednesday we ventured to the Forbidden City, an absolutely amazing collection of beautiful temples. I was told that there are exactly 9,999 rooms in the whole of the Forbidden City - many of which are open to the public. After entering only a handful of them, it looks like we’ll be making a few more trips to this famous landmark before the year is out!



Another highlight from the last few days was a drama games session run by the facilitation department at Ginger Cat. We each delivered a drama game for the group, meaning my Mandarin was given another boost when we were introduced to 县官 / Xiàn Guān (translation: ’County Magistrate’). If there are any Next Stagers from the Marina Theatre reading this blog, this is going to be my challenge for you when I get back… You’re welcome!


I facilitated one of my favorite games ’Can I Stay At Your House?’, which went down well with both nationalities - ahhh the power of drama!


The facilities for drama and dance here are incredible. There are 3 spacious studios, a chill out area and even a multi-media / shadow puppet studio (amazing!)


 Photo: Ginger Cat Play & Arts Education


We got to use the biggest studio for the Ginger Cat drama workshop Joe and I ran with a group of 7 - 12 year olds yesterday. The English language skills of the young people were impressive, and I must say, they rather enjoyed ‘Building A Shed’! Joe and I are looking forward to running taster workshops and new sessions over the next few weeks! 


Anyone up for a game of 县官?


Keep up to date with Abbie and Joe's adventures in Beijing at: www.hellodrama.co.uk/news

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