Dynamo Youth Theatre members took part in an intensive one day workshop with Havant Literary Festival writer-in-residence, Stella Duffy, on Sunday, 27 September, culminating in an evening performance at St Faith’s Church Hall.
Stella, the author of eight plays and twelve novels, is also an experienced director who specialises in improvisation and has worked with the National Youth Theatre.
Through a series of sometimes gruelling physical exercises, the teenagers learned and developed techniques, tools and skills which can be adapted to any number of theatrical disciplines.
The entirely improvised forty-five minute performance included quick-fire poetry, acting out scenes from audience member’s early lives and a four part harmonised madrigal on Havant’s parchment and glove making history and the coming of a new superstore!
Stella Duffy said she had never before gone from zero to performance in one day – “Dynamo Theatre were totally dedicated, brave – and brilliant!”
Dynamo’s Artistic Director Andrew Bowker said “this was a complete masterclass. In the thirty years I have been involved with teaching drama, I have never seen such a total transformation in one day.”
Audience members raved about the performance, who found it hard to believe it was totally unrehearsed and unscripted. Festival Secretary, Sian Bamber, said she would “gladly have paid an entrance fee for the quality of the entertainment on offer.”
Dynamo Youth Theatre’s next production is The Pirates of Penzance, but there will be a fund raiser before that at United Reformed Church on Sunday, 1 November. For more information, visit their website at http://www.dyt.org.uk/
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From Lucy Flannery