On Saturday 20 October, we held one of Fishamble's regular A PLAY FOR IRELAND workshops. Designer Niamh Lunny facilitated this workshop with the APFI playwrights at The Everyman, Cork, and has written a short post about what this group worked on together.
The Cork APFI playwrights are Noelle Brown, Lisa Carroll, Karen Cogan, John Doran, Bridgid Galvin, and Margaret McAuliffe.
Margaret McAuliffe, Bridgid Galvin, John Doran, and Lisa Carroll at The Everyman, Cork APFI workshop on Set Design.
We had a great day in Cork at our A Play For Ireland workshop!
I explained the day would be a jigsaw of experience and we started by introducing ourselves as if everyone else in the room was blind.... It was a really interesting exercise for them & me!
Then I talked about design, inspiration, collaboration, non-linear process, and more practical elements of designing for stage. I showed lots of images & designs and had examples of where things had worked and where things did not go as planned.
In the second half of the morning I did 2 exercises with postcards - carefully pick one post card to tell a story about in 6 sentences, and then be given one to do the same thing with, then examining the differences between having a choice etc. Then I got them to build their story/script or idea in 3 dimensions (with LEGO!)
The idea is that working in 3 dimensions will trigger ideas that talking and writing will not.
We finished the morning with a look at a methodology called ‘scamper’ and a visualization exercise! In the afternoon we had one to one chats which tended towards being an extension of the work done in the morning.
20 October 2018
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