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A blog post about a young actor in Morogoro Tanzania whose Improv troup – a group that works very similarly to the way Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed operates – travels to educate about AIDs and it’s prevention.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A Lesson in Selflessness
|Our second day here, we found a ripe coconut in our yard and Frank peeled it, cracked it open, and grated the nut out so that we could taste “real tanzanian nazi/coconut”|
|Myself and Frank in town running errands for a training session|
|Myself and Frank riding the Daladala. Frankie was laughing about the fact that these mini-buses were definitely not built for people my size.|
|Frank helped us out with the Play Day for the Home Based Care children. The kids love his loud, dramatic personality.|
|Frank the monkey|
I have only known Frank for four weeks but already I can see he will have a lasting impression on my life and those around him. His kind acts and genuine personality can be a lesson in selflessness for all of us.
- Anonymous said…
- Ben, to wake up to such a positive post changed the whole outlook on the day…
- November 3, 2011 4:53 AM
- Anonymous said…
- Ben,Thank you for brightening my day…from so far away, you still have the ability to make me smile (and at the same time bring tears to my eyes!) Frank sounds amazing and I hope you do know that you have most of those qualities too!!! Except for the never complaining part, haha You have had a huge impact on everyone you meet to, I have first-hand knowledge of this! Great to see your smiling face peeking out from these wonderful photos, especially since it is so gloomy here today. Miss you, Lisa C. xo
- November 3, 2011 9:50 AM
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I recently finished reading At Play – Teaching Teenagers Theatre by actor, composer, writer and director Elizabeth Swados. Ms. Swados’ techniques for guiding young people in creating performance pieces based on their life experiences is inspiring and I hope to utilize many of her exercises and her theories in my work with my Glenforest students.
Ms. Swados has had a wonderfully varied career and has worked all over the world. Through her travels she has had opportunities to experience many different theatre traditions that helped shape ideas for the new form of theatre she has created. She says:
The American landscape is full of diverse, conflicting “tribes”, and when i returned home from my travels, I decided to devote my work to a kind of street theatre, a political storytelling theatre that could speak to the young people in the village of the United States.
The book goes on to describe and explain how she worked with a group of troubled young people and created a performance piece about their lives they called Runaways. The show was a completely original innovation adapted from the work the kids created in the workshops, and actually went on to run on Broadway.