Location: Methodist Centre, Northern Quarter.
Mentor: Aliki Chapple
Arriving at the centre, in the heart of Manchester's artsy and diverse area. Entering the Methodist centre across from the Manchester coffee shop, we were led into a large space where we would be doing our next step in our training. Today we would be working with Aliki again from last week's training.
We started the session with a few stretches and breathing exercises that Aliki had taught us in order to get us prepared for the day. Afterwards we began playing a few concentration games. In one game we had to sit in different areas of the room and one by one we had to swap chairs while another person would rush to take your seat if unguarded. The purpose of the game was to work as a team and communicate with each other without talking, so using eye contact and knowing when to move whilst being supported by the other person.
Next we played a creative game in which we were all in circle and we get a 'mysterious package' and had to act out the weight of the item and it could be anything we wanted from a kite, a rock or a bee etc.
Now fully awake and prepared we all did a daily update, telling our group what we had been up to over the week and what we thought of the workshop and looking forward to what we were going to do today. From there Aliki informed us that today we were going to work on our speeches for the presentation tomorrow with the people involved with the placements.
We were given 10 minutes alone to write our speeches and reflect on what we had learned. Aliki would assist us if we needed any help with wording or to develop our speeches.
After lunch we all sat in a row and one by one we would get up and read our rough drafts. Aliki would time us to make sure we did not go over 5 minutes as she would provide creative feedback that could help us improve our speeches. When I first read my darft I was quite nervous, I was rushing in a few sections and some wording needed development. Aliki started by giving me positive feedback. She told me my speech showed my personality and enjoyed the flow on how it followed my upbringing from a working town like Hyde and how I've always aspired to work in different fields of creativity from acting and directing short films. She also liked the use of engaging words and how it showed that I worked well in a team.
However she did suggest that I should look into breathing exercises to control my nerves and take my time in delivery. A second critique was to end the piece with a strong ending, showing the audience what particular career path I want to follow and what I hope to achieve.
After everyone gave their speeches and were given feedback, Aliki congratulated us for pushing ourselves into standing up and presenting our rough speeches. She believed that we can do well in the presentation tomorrow and that each one of us shows a vast growth of talent and how we have gone from shy people in a small room within a fire station to outspoken speakers and close friends.
We ended the session with a few breathing sessions and stretches and thanked Aliki for her services. She informed us that she would be with us at The Lowry tomorrow for the presentations and help us with our speeches if we needed assistance on the day.