The past 4 weeks have flown by! I was lucky enough to fly back to the UK to be a bridesmaid for the wedding of two of my best friends - in true drama style, Hannah and I gave a speech filled with props and puns! For those of you on Facebook, you can find the video on the Hello Drama page.
Whilst back in East Anglia I ran a workshop for the Marina Theatre’s wonderful Next Stagers group. I promised to teach them some of the exercises I’d learnt in China, so we did a mixture of games and image theatre which went down really well! It’s always so nice to work with such a wonderful group of people who support each other and are always up for a laugh!
Photo: Joe Randlesome
Shortly after arriving back in Beijing, it was time for Ginger Cat’s Halloween event! We had a lot of fun dressing the centre to create an immersive experience for the children. For some reason Joe and I thought it would be a great idea to act as ghost twins that spoke at exactly the same time - although we nailed the speaking in sync, it was quite hard to keep a straight face, especially when one of our colleagues asked us to improvise in front of 40 children!
Photo: Ginger Cat
Outside of work, I went to see a show by Beijing Improv - apparently the oldest improv group in Beijing. It was great to see a group perform with such imagination and quick wit! I went to join one of their workshops last week which was a lovely demonstration of how drama can really bring cultures together. There were people there from all over the world and as a result (unsurprisingly), there were spoken language barriers. However, the games and exercises allowed us all to communicate no matter what language we spoke! The power of drama eh?!
Meanwhile, Joe is still winning on the ‘strangest things eaten in China’ with bullfrog and scorpion being his most recent dishes! I, on the other hand, was rather impressed with this rice noodle I found in my lunchtime takeaway…