You can't walk the Great Wall! (China)

October 2, 2017

This week the GingerCat facilitators were lucky enough to get the opportunity to take part in two days of workshops led by Joel Anderson. Joel teaches on many of the MA courses at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and has worked with the world famous theatre practitioner Augusto Boal. Our two days with Joel gave us an insight into some of Boal’s methods and gave us ideas of how to incorporate some of these into our GingerCat drama workshops.


As well as learning new games and exercises, it was a great opportunity to work with our Chinese speaking colleagues without the language barrier being an issue - the power of drama eh?


Here’s a photo of the GingerCat facilitators mid-workshop:



On our days off, Joe and I have been doing lots of exploring in Beijing. A highlight this week certainly has to be the Great Wall of China! However, looking back, I’m really not sure why people talk about ‘walking’ the Great Wall, it's impossible! It's incredibly steep, and is definitely more of a climb than a walk! Saying that, we only climbed for 2 and a half hours and the wall is 5500 miles long so I guess there may be flatter sections... 


Anyway, here's a photo of Joe, me and a friend we met from Toronto:



And… here’s the photo that I demanded we take so I didn’t look so short!

(Joe was down one step and Mike was down two haha!)


Other highlights this week, I went to my first Pilates class in Mandarin (I could tell you how to say 'breathe in' and 'breathe out' in Mandarin now... not sure how useful that will be but hey ho!), oh and I read a poem which was broadcast on the Belgian radio station Urgent.FM on Saturday - all good fun!


Quiz question of the week... anyone know why we often see people walking backwards in parks? Comments below welcome!


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