To 'The Young Un's'...
This week I had the total pleasure of working with some bright, energetic, frantic, inventive and extremely talent young sparks.
This week at The Riverfront is was Summer School, a week long Drama intensive that challenges 12-19 year olds with the task of writing, creating and devising their own short plays on Monday and performing them on Friday. The work they performed today was STONKING in the highest order of STONKING, not because it went off with whistles and bows and dance finales and zip wires and fireworks, but because it was their own. The characters they played and the stories they told on stage today we're born of their own imagination, and that for me is what it is entirely about.
The age old saying that the journey is way more important than the destination applies here. This week we went on a journey. The young un's made new friends, developed new skills, made decisions, built bridges and used their mighty imaginations, and that inspires me to do the same as an adult. It inspires me to reconnect with people, it makes me wonder what I could do that's new and exciting, and it reminds me that bouncing forward fearlessly is an option, and for that I will always be truly grateful to that excellent bunch of young mad-hatters.
I've been lucky enough to spend one Saturday a week with this group for the last two years, but now it totally saddens me to say that unfortunately I have to step away from it. I will be back every now and again, but the awesomely capable hands of Georgina will be taking the reigns, so you should very much look forward to that!
This is a blog for anyone who wants to read it, but if you are a Young Un of Youth Drama, if you do happen to stumble on this whilst looking up photographs of Manga, or Adopting a Dragon, or building a Giant Robot on MineCraft, or what ever it is you might be do... I want to say THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart.
You're all truly, truly awesome.
Good luck with the rest of it, and I will catch you on the flip side.