This is a photo of Pearl, the newest member of the GeriActors and Friends. She is sharing a book that she had bought from Value Village. Someone whom she had never met before had left it for her in the store, and when she opened it, the first page read, “To my black Pearl”.
This was one of the many stories shared last week at a storytelling workshop led in conjunction with the students of David Barnet’s Drama 427/507 Intergenerational Theatre class. Our newest Friends.
The workshop began with an exercise which required everyone to explain something completely outrageous to a partner. How to fly a magic carpet without upsetting it, how to trick a cat to juggle or how to delicately ride a giraffe.
At this point, our minds were ready and our bodies active for creation.
We were then given a prompt, “A moment that surprised you”.
It took about forty minutes for the group to create four scenes based on these stories. Among these stories was Pearl’s, a story about a little white lie involving growing tomatoes in the garden, a daughter helping her mother move furniture into her apartment and two birds managing to fly into a house through the chimney.
What we’ll do with these stories now is a mystery, the possibilities are endless. Do we string them all together? What do these stories have in common? What tools can we use to draw richer details from each story? What types of conversations do these stories bring up?
It will be interesting to see what the students come up with. Stay tuned for our Holiday performance in December to see what happens.