An elegant sufficiency

Friday, March 10, 2006


I can't say I'm a comfortable performer. I can teach people OK, which I suppose is a kind of performance, but I've never been into drama and stage performances. This morning, however, I was involved in a workshop led by a "performance poet" and reading group facilitator, and boy, was she impressive! She gently led us through several warm up exercises - one involved our passing round her car keys, with which we were asked to "do something" before passing them to the next person. I tossed them in the air and caught them again, others twiddled in a particular way, or peered closely at a certain key, for example. Next we were asked to do exactly the same thing, but minus the keys...and it was truly incredible how vivid those mimes were. We were sure we could still hear the keys jangling.

The morning progressed, finishing up with each of us being asked to "perform" a given poem - which is when I knew I'd reached my limit.

Teaching the simple jewellery workshop tomorrow - much more my kind of thing!


  • I know just how you feel Gill. Teaching is OK, but drama, never.
    I used to sing solo and of course our Welsh eisteddfod until I started having problems swallowing mid sentence with nerves and that was the end of that(smile)

    By Blogger Digitalgran, at 9:17 am  

  • sounds a great workshop - I love that sort of thing!'

    makes you really think !'

    have a good jewellery workshop - you'll be wonderful as ever!


    By Blogger Zaz, at 4:57 pm  

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