Location: Manchester Piccadilly
Mentor: Anne-Marie Crowher
A different background from where we did our training for the last two days. Me all met in the heart of Manchester Piccadilly. We began as usual by, in a circle would tell each other what we thought of the workshop so far both personally and within the art world.
Anne-Marie begun the session by introducing us to a new training exercise which we called the Walking Planning game. The purpose of the game was to planning a starting point and an ending spot of your own choice (from the cafe Nero on the park towards the big wheel for example). What would you do is say what your personal goal was (I want to be a director) and with each step towards the ending point you can stop at certain points and discuss, how you were going to get there, who you could work with to achieve this goal and when you reached the end you would review what you said to get where you are in achieving your dream goal. This exercise helped us think and plan our career paths and understand what actions and choices that we must make in order to get to the end.
We were split into groups of two or three and we each have a go at the game. My group and I did the game at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
After lunch we all met outside the national Library in the heart of Manchester. There we played a game where we were separated into two groups, blue group and red group. I was within the blue group alongside four of my teammates. We game focused on trust and in the game, the rules follows:
We each had the choice of choosing two icons '+' or '-'
Each group can win a point by either selecting either plus and the other team choosing the minus. If one team chose plus they win a point if the other team chose minus. If both teams chose both the same symbol the they each would lose two points. The team was allowed to come together and have a conversation, a peace talk in a sense. The game continued for about twenty minutes, with our team winning by three points more than the other team.
The next exercise we did focused on asking a natural question and how you can dvelop that in order to receive a better and more in depth answer instead of a basic 'yes' and 'no' answer. It required us to bring ask our question, but with more detail in order to achieve this answer. Anne told us that we shouldn't start a question with a 'Why?' as it is mainly used to justify yourself and that we should try to avoid saying that within a question.
one exercise, Anne-Marie brought a small cake and we had to create a deep question about the cake 'Do you think the lemon tasting in the cake is delicious or would suggest that more can be done with it to make it sweeter?'. In another exercise, we were each given a piece of paper with a question on it; for example mine said 'Why don't you want to date someoen your own age?'. We had to construct a alternative way of asking that question. We were put into groups of three and we each discussed what ways we could ask the question without using the word 'why?' and make it feel like we were attacking the person we were asking and or less negative. We had five minutes to do this.
After 5 Minutes my group and I came up with the alternative examples of the original question:
1st: What do you like about older woman/men?
Although better than the original question, we were asked why would we say the word 'older'. As this would mainly target the fact that the person's age instead of the individual.
The second alternative question was
Best version: What do you like about her/him?
This was better due to the fact it focuses on the person in question and doesn't intimidate the person being asked or focuses on one of the issues.
At the end of the session we were given homework. We had to construct a three to five minute presentation about ourselves for the opening evening in which we would have to present to a number of people who were involved with the Scheme and who we would be working with as our placements and throughout the festival.