During my research, I found a number of sources with a range of personal anecdotes and experiences derived from several mask workshops with different leaders. Furthermore, I successfully conducted a face to face interview with an experienced actress (Alys Hill) with the theatre company ‘Zen Zen Zo’. One challenge I face now is that I have found it difficult to form a cohesive argument in correlation with my research. Therefore, I was writing too much about the context of the theatre traditions that I explored. My supervisor felt this was unnecessary, as it wasn’t helping to address my ‘RQ’. I’ve learnt that I should rather begin my paper by using the research I have gathered that relate to my ‘RQ’, instead of focusing on the context of theatre traditions. As a result, I’ve realised it’s important I expand the number of sources I use, as this would allow me to continually reference my research throughout the entirety of the paper.
From the beginning I displayed heavy interest into the idea of mask work in Theatre. Since my short experience with mask work uplifted my personal value of Theatre, I thought it best for it to be a contributing factor in my EE. However, I found myself confused as to what specifically about the use of mask is relevant to people not necessarily within a Theatre context. In our first meeting, we discussed my interest in mask in the hopes to find a source to it – therefore discovering that my interest actually stems from a bigger concept of ‘trance’, and the idea of an actor losing themselves through different aspects in Theatre. This discovery allowed me to realise my initial focus was simply too specific to be able to write a meaningful EE. Ultimately, the discussion helped me to acquire a more holistic understanding of my interests, allowing me to research into a considerable amount of material (books, excerpts, etc).