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Octagon Workshops Inspire Year 7

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Imogen Woolrich from the Octagon Theatre recently visited School to deliver workshops to pupils in Year 7. These were arranged as part of the boys’ work towards Arts Awards. Over the course of the year, boys in Year 7 will work on a Roald Dahl ‘Page to Stage’ project to complete the Explore level, while Year 8 will achieve the Bronze Award by working on Shakespeare plays as young directors and actors.

The boys enjoyed four sessions with Imogen in total, in which she inspired the Year 7s and got them thinking about nonsense language to introduce the Roald Dahl element of their project. All of the activities were themed around Dahl’s playful use of language, which he called ‘Gobblefunk’. The boys worked on gestures in groups and tried to come up with actions to match their own made-up words. They also created tongue-twisters using only invented nonsense language, and worked out group movements to represent sounds such as a ringing bell. Over the course of the workshop, they presented their actions and words to each other and Imogen.

There was a great deal of energy throughout and the boys were really excited to make a start on their Arts Award project. They had lots of fun coming up with the nonsense language and sharing their ideas.

The Octagon Theatre will be working in partnership with the School to help both Year 7 and Year 8 to complete the Arts Awards. In addition to workshops, the boys will also have the opportunity to go to the theatre, see behind the scenes and watch shows. The Arts Awards are managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.

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Boys 'pass a clap' around the circle as a warmup exercise

Imogen working with some pupils on their ideas

Imogen working with some pupils on their ideas

A group performs their nonsense words and the corresponding gestures

A group performs their nonsense words and the corresponding gestures