This week’s new word is “glegsy”, which means to wear glasses, which the first few members to arrive to the weekly catch up were. Workwise people have been seeing teams in person in parks, applying for jobs, getting promotions and taking time off. Extra curricular activities included sighting starlings, releasing hedgehogs, the health kick hell of lack lustre lentil curls and rehearsing monologues about midgets in cemeteries. You can’t say we’re not a diverse bunch!
We then read some double headers (two person pieces) selected by Haina. The meeting was a good one, and as ever, we had fun because ACTING OUT IS FUN!
This week, the blog comes from Chris (who also facilitated the session):
“The meeting began with our usual roundup of how everyone’s week had gone. Some had had a long overdue week off, some had ventured into town for the first time since March. One person had had to deal with snakes and overgrown bushes. And we were all introduced to the adorable Harry the hedgehog.
Chris had been a bit cagey about the plan for the meeting, but he sent round a selection of poems, with the idea we’d split into groups and rehearse and perform them for each other. If technology allowed, we’d record them.
There were three groups : one performed “Want”, by Joan Larkin. A very moving piece, surprisingly suited for the times. Another group tried choral speaking, doing “we two boys together clinging”, from Walt Whitman. We finished with “(I married a) Monster from outer space” by the great John Cooper Clarke. Fingers crossed it looks like the technology was smiling on us, and we have the recordings.
Everyone agreed that it felt a bit like actually performing again.”
At the time of writing this our weekly Acting Out Zoom meeting just came to a close and while it’s fresh in my head I may as well get it down on paper!
Talking about getting things down on paper this evening’s session was led by one of esteemed writers, Sarah Spilsbury, who supplied yet another script to add to her growing back catalogue!
Having been late to the meeting due to chowing down on my chips I joined part way through the read-through of “Disappearing Britain”, which seemed like a satirical side swipe at the strange and unusual times we are living in. In typical Acting Out style it was a laugh a minute and dodgy accents a-plenty!
Everyone seemed in jovial spirits despite our distance and it’s great just once a week to see everyone’s faces and no matter what kind of week you’ve had those friendly faces can lift your spirits – after all that’s what we’re about!
This week, the blog comes from Chris P, who had the following to report:
“Last week during our Zoom meeting following a wee catch-up we read through a good chunk of Sarah Spilsbury’s Murder Mystery script to much praise! We discussed the possibility of recording and editing an enactment via zoom/alternative software and publishing it as a podcast and/or through sound cloud.”
This week, the guest blogger was Al, who had the following to report:
“After the catch up to share how our week’s are all going this week we focused on where next for the group given that we can’t meet up in our usual way and probably won’t be able to for some time. It’s Acting Out so there were plenty of ideas for producing some drama pieces as radio/Zoom plays and getting these online, watch this space. Socially we discussed a park meet up and the continuation of Zoom as a social space and allowing people to just come for a catch up with friends separate to any specific activity we may be doing that week; members really benefit from this contact and it’s important we continue to provide a space that can support each other through these tough times.”
“So, what’s your name and where do you come from? Sounds familiar? Yes, this week’s meeting via Zoom was a version of Blind Date. Chris organised a group of questions for us to ask our blind dates and then split us into pairs. What we didn’t know was who was our blind date and what character they would assume, but that’s where the fun came from. One minute you were on a double date with Vera and Sophia and the next minute you were dating Hannibal Lecter. Sounds crazy? Well it was but fun too and it’s one way to spend a Thursday night.
Time for a game! This week, our meeting was attended by Chris B, Sarah’s J & S, Stuart, Alan, Simon B, Dean, Hayley & PJ. But who had been up to what in the week? Can you match the actor to their activity?
These included variously:
Anticipating forthcoming leave, to spend resting and walking
Entertaining outside and getting a haircut
Having a call in make it to a favourite podcast
Being “Back in the World – visiting pubs, parents and getting hair cut
Avoiding self-arson whilst wafting past a fire pit
And just to mix things up, three members came to the party late, so didn’t take part in the weekly news session. No prizes, it’s just for fun!
After this we completed reading Neurotics Anonymous, the play Dean sourced from BBC writers room. We were less northern this week (with the exception of someone who couldn’t quite commit to being a Jock or a Geordie, whilst another person does a mean approximation of Clarrie Grundy from The Archers).
We will continue to have further Acting Out style fun next Thursday!
“A small but well formed group gathered virtually for another week of Acting Out by zoom. After a catch-up on our various weeks (including tales of lifted lockdown, work and adventures to town) we moved on to the script. Our esteemed secretary Dean had found a script from the BBC writers room.
We found ourselves in a self-help group ‘ Neurotics Anonymous’ – exploring various people’s disabilities and idiosyncrasies – along with the presence of the group facilitator and one participant’s rather overbearing and unsympathetic mother. Many of the main characters quickly became (very) northern – aided by George’s headscarf.
We only made it through the first third and so if you want to know how the story develops then join us next week!”
This week Haina put us through our paces as we threw the virtual ball to reach other then state what the most random or uplifting this had occurred in lockdown. These ranged from zooming, shed conversions, garden-based projects, nature and not seeing other halves.
We played a version “I went to the shop and bought a…” memory game – it’s a lot harder to play on Zoom!
And for the main course, two members of the group interacted “Blind Date” style, with others typing script suggestions in the “Chat” function. Definitely Acting Out style fun!