Last year five of our members attended the first session of a pilot scheme called “Acting Up”. This was run by Kaleidoscope, a Northern Ireland professional theatre company and was held at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester. Representatives of several other U3A Drama or Play Reading groups from the North West region also attended.
There were many activities during the day including ice breakers, memory games, learning focus and stagecraft, improvisation and acting in sketches. The two excellent facilitators, Kerry and Karen made it interesting and enjoyable for all.
There then followed two further workshops building on the knowledge and experience gained and the icing on the cake was a performance at The Lowry, Manchester on 23rd February. The Drama Group members performed three sketches, two of which were written by Kerry Rooney who is the Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope.
We learned a lot and everyone enjoyed the workshops, especially the opportunity to perform on a professional stage.
This was an experience which we will remember for a long time.