The young people at SPID achieved a lot in the workshop last Tuesday. We kicked off with a vocal warm up to prepare for recording the radio script and then split into two groups : the Foley sounds group and the actors group.
Max led the Foley sounds group in the kitchen where they created very good quality sound effects including the sound of rushing water, squelching footsteps and the sound of a football being kicked during “keepy-uppy”. Everyone took their turn to create an effect and their practice during the previous weeks had paid off. The group undertook the Foley sounds with great skill and professionalism and Max was very pleased with the results.
In the meantime, the actors group were busy doing a “read through” of the script and thinking about their characters and the situations they were in. Talal guided this session and helped the actors to think about how they would react in real life if they were in these situations. This helped people to focus and expand even further their understanding of the script and the stakes involved for each scene. Following this, Talal led the careful recording of each scene from the top of the play – all the young people were very focused and remembered the training they had been given, such as microphone skills and page-turning techniques. Everyone was very disciplined and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience. Talal found them to be disciplined and enthusiastic, showing many of the skills needed to be a professional actor.
The larger group of actors, who were off-script and not needed for recording, took the opportunity of taking on various roles in the play they hadn’t attempted before. Nenna and Olivia were very impressed with the way the young people committed themselves to this exercise. They then spent some time imagining a sequel to the play – lots of different ideas came up and some people expressed an interest in writing their own version of a sequel.
Special thanks go to Mahala and Kane, who took on the roles of Lemar and Mr. Giant Rats at the last minute and made of great job of sight reading and performing.
All in all, everyone seemed to go home with a great sense of achievement and satisfaction, having put their skills into practice – and with great aplomb.