Birmingham Stage Company


22 January 2009

Every so often you're reminded that drama has a power way beyond the obvious.

Yesterday I held a workshop for WHY THE WHALES CAME with an entire school, about two hundred 4yr olds to 11yr olds. I asked them to show me their best scary face. Having picked out eight kids of all ages, I let the school choose who they thought was best at looking "scared"! Among them was a 4 year old boy who when his turn came looked like he was going to bust! The whole school broke into rapturous cheers and applause.

I don't know if and when that young boy will again experience an entire school cheering him to the rafters. But the smile on his face seemed to suggest the accolade will last a lifetime.

It felt like a brief but important moment in that young man's life.

All because of 30 minutes of drama.

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