Emerging Perspectives Company Diary | Devising Theatre – Truth and Lies | Mia Johnson

Mia Johnson, Performer, Emerging Perspectives Company
Today we were missing the boys, John and Lewis to be exact. We did several exercises to get our brains functioning – starting off with a writing exercise where we were only allowed to use the vowels in our name to tell the journey to Emerging Perspectives that morning – trust me I struggled, the majority of the letters in my name are vowels and consists of only 3 letters! We then had to use the vowels that aren’t in our names to describe what were currently working on at Emerging Perspectives – again I struggled and didn’t actually finish…

We then did a fun exercise where we had to use each letter of the alphabet to write anything we wanted – This could be poetry or a story etc. The pieces that everyone wrote were actually pretty good – what a talented bunch we are!

As part of the session we’d been asked to bring objects in that were connected somehow to lies and truth. These were put on a table and we each had to pick up one of the objects and write about it. Again, this could be in the form of a poem, script or story. We then made a circle and read each others work out. It was really interesting to see how different everyone’s work was.

We then moved on the durational – this is the most random thing I think I’ve ever done! We did it for just over an hour, but personally I didn’t even notice – the time flew by! We had the objects everyone had bought in, plus some paper and pens, and we literally just improvised the whole thing. We had been tasked with using song lyrics that were on sheets of paper and at some stage had to come together as a group with talking about what we were doing. I found the whole process both random and interesting. For some reason “orange print” became my signature quote, but only because Louise was constantly smearing orange pastel on her face. Later though she explained why she had done it, which was really interesting. I loved the use of Charlottes makeup, for me it represented a mask, hiding what’s really inside you.

To end session we wrote down things that we would like to include in the final devised piece, and how we thought the ideas would be used and what they may signify. I would like to come up with a concept that doesn’t necessarily use a script, but uses a situation that everyone can relate to, so we are able to build from it – if the audience can identify with something within the piece then I feel they may understand it more.

Mia Johnson, Performer, Emerging Perspectives Company

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