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Far, Far Away

From January 10th until February 2nd, Scribble Ink ran a block of writers' workshops for SPID Community Theatre. The workshops were inspired by the theme 'Far, Far Away'- a concept encouraging young people to create characters and place them in worlds far from the one they know.

The younger groups (ages 8-13) drafted monologues considering a typical school day had they been born in another time period and/or place in the world. Questions such as; 'would a girl like me be allowed in school?' 'would I have to give up school to go to work?' 'in the year 3000, will my school be on this planet?' came up. The kids were encouraged to research the era they chose to write about before drafting their pieces. Subsequently, they read the monologues to their parents (who of course were as proud as ever). As if that wasn't enough, their monologues will be polished and performed in the acting block.

The older group (16+) considered how their relationships would be affected by the era's and countries they'd placed their characters in. Each writer developed a scene encompassing the workshop objective (i.e, a romantic relationship in the victorian age, two friends living through apartheid (one black and one white), two friends on their way to a Star Wars Church service, a mother arguing with their child because he insists on going to Mars for his gap year, etc. Many of the young people took their work home with them to develop further and some sought careers advice. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how transferable the writing exercises were to their college work, interning, etc.

Altogether, SPID youth made a fantastic effort. It was a pleasure to see their confidence grow and their writing improve with every workshop. Scribble Ink looks forward to working with them again in the future. Download the Ebook below to read the final written works.

Click here to download the e-book.

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