Much of the philosophy of Extraordinary Kids, especially for drama, is so heavily influenced by a small children's theatre company in Adelaide. A tiny company who punches way, way above her weight internationally. Most of it is due to a guy called Dave . It was always an incredible journey of self discovery working there I remember doing a particular scene where I was a servant and i was to share my lunch with the king. ( I think the king had gone broke or something.) I gave the king this little brown box that contained brown bread and honey. "Brown bread and honey?????" said the king. “ Yes brown bread and honey.” I gave the box to the king. But i gave it to him like I was handing over my ID as Dave patiently pointed out. This helped me learn to imbue - To give value to something just by how you handle it.
The way you hold the box it has to have a specialness. You have to hold it like it is something precious. I was so crap at that at first.
We do a simple exercise at EK where i ask Kids to pick up something from around the room and walk up to another kid standing in the circle and say “from me to you” The object of the exercise is to imbue a piece of fluff or a rag with incredible fragility and importance.
Imbue. its one of my favorite words..
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