February 10, 2005


I am reminded, as I sit here needing inspiration, of the kids I worked with on Tuesday when I did my first school workshop with Codpiece. I must admit that I was pretty nervous. What if they were too shy? What if they were little rogues who were set on making us feel utterly stupid? Not that I dislike kids, in fact I enjoy their company a lot as long as they arent constantly obsessed with who you fancy and whether you've kissed someone before.
It turned out in the end that the kids were fantastic. We could hold them back from jumping up and acting out scenes or joining in with the devising activities. It was amazing to see how each child was brimming with ideas and confidence – even the "shy" ones. We played a game where everyone sits in a circle with a pen in the middle. The pen can be anything you want it to be and people can get up at any time to act out what the pen is to them. When we play this in codpiece there are sometimes 20/30 second gaps between people getting up to act. The kids, however, were fighting over the pen. The room was buzzing with energy and imagination and it struck me how much more creativity and imagination children have, or rather how it comes to them without thinking, more naturally. What happens to it? Do the creativity cells in you descrease during puberty? Does your imagination escape through your ears? No, its there, but I wish I could have learned from the kids where it's kept, why it is that comes to them so much quicker than it comes to me.

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