Friday, July 14 2017

Term 3: Supernatural Stories

Ed-Blog, General
Shaun Tan Small Sculpture The Fisherman and His Wife

There’s another world out there just beyond the world we’re in

– Bill Viola

Term 3 Gecko Ensembles are all about Supernatural Stories. Filled with phantoms and packed with poltergeists, there will be hair-raising hilarity aplenty!

Every culture in the world has wonderful stories about the spirit world. There are the mischievous forest spirits in European folktales, who either help or hinder humans. The Aboriginal dreamtime stories feature giant creator spirits, which shaped the land we stand on today. Then there are the weird and wonderful ghosts in Pu Songling’s strange Chinese tales, that never fail to surprise.

Each of our Gecko Ensembles will be drawing on our rich international cultural heritage of supernatural stories and using these as a launch pad to tell their own stories and devise their own scenes.

Term three is a process term: this means we are focussed on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of acting through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome. The term will conclude with a low-key showing for parents and friends of the term’s process.

Gecko Ensemble content is always age-appropriate and focussed on the needs of the young people coming along. This term’s Supernatural Stories will be taught with sensitivity and respect for children’s existing faith and beliefs.

At Barking Gecko we’re also in the middle of developing an awesome top-secret play about ghosts. We can’t wait to see what our Gecko Ensembles come up with, to help us research for our upcoming work.

To enrol in a Term 3 Gecko Ensemble and be part of the supernatural tomfoolery, click here.