OnIT Challenge – Week 2
Featured Image inc. artwork by Yayoi Kusama ‘LOVE IS CALLING‘ (2013)
Our second week sees the artists tackling accents, editing apps, tension through movement and a pretty tricky tongue twister.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE ACTING CHALLENGE
Each week this challenge would develop skills for stage and screen. Over the course of six-weeks our lovely thespians;
- Played with costume, props and accents
- Explored different elements of acting for camera, like movement and stillness in the frame
- Developed skills for both improvised and scripted scenes
- And, of course we added a sprinkling of our Proud and Loud Arts trademark comedy skills
IS IT PRONOUNCED POTATO OR POTATO?
The Acting challenge-takers were tasked to perform either a scene as Liza from Pygmalion or Gus from The Dumb Waiter.
Both scenes required our actors to adopt a London, cockney accent.
It can be hard to do accents without sounding like an unforgiving stereotype. We discovered that concentrating on the length of A,E,I,O,U sounds made it easier to create more authentic sounding characters.
Janet’s creation and performance was particularly well received…
“The setting was perfect, enhanced by the costume.
Janet was comfortable with the text and offered a very natural delivery style and a very enjoyable performance”.Tom Hogan on Janet’s performance.
OTHER NEWS IN WEEK 2
For those who fancied something a little more lyrical, week two’s writing challenge was all about some poetry.
The only criteria for the poems were:
- include a rhyme scheme
- include the word body
- be comprised of five stanzas of 3 lines each
You can have a go yourselves right now!
There were some amazing submissions from Kelly, Janet and Danielle!
Check out Danielle’s poem –
This is my body
It’s not very good
Nothing really works the way it should
It can be frustrating
Sometimes it makes me sad
But then I remember, it’s not all that bad
Sometimes I worry
About what lies ahead
But I try to focus on the now instead
Some days I hate
The little things I can’t do
Like style my own hair, or put on a shoe
This is my body
It’s different but that’s fine
My body isn’t perfect, but my body is mine
Written by Danielle
Emergency Task Highlight
This cheeky little task with an incredibly short deadline, dared our task-takers to film themselves saying ‘red-lorry, yellow-lorry’ or ‘red-leather, yellow-leather’ five times in a row without stopping or tripping up over the tricky terminology.
Michael got completely tongue tied resulting in an altogether new variation of the task – ‘legs-lover, legs-lover’!
These weeks are going by fast!
See you in Week 3 – half way through!
Blog author, Imogen Barton-Wells