PSE Networking Event Reflection

During the event, I got into conversations with many teachers and student alike regarding different subject matters (prompts given to us by the PSE department). Lots of experienced teachers gave me personalised feedback on how to have a successful conversation that leads to a beneficial outcome. These are my biggest takeaways from that event :

1. Draw from a personal experience or connection you shared with that person. This is not always possible as you may not always know the person prior to your conversation. However, if you do, it is always beneficial to build from an experience you shared (school trips, service events, etc) – that may lead to your requests being taken more positively.

2. Make sure there is no dominant speaker in the conversation, it might send the wrong message or paint yourself in a different light. Be sure that each participant speaks a fair amount and listens a fair amount – this balance promotes a positive connection that can be formed between the participants of that conversation.

Peter and the Starcatcher (Local Theatre Trip) – Reflection

I feel as thought Peter and the Starcatcher was a Brecht influences piece and took many elements from his teachings and applied them very well within their own production. Their use of narration was very prominent in many of their scenes and throughout their performance – and a lot of other Brechtian elements were used (naming a scene before it starts, songs in the middle of the performance, etc). However one Brecht element was used a lot more frequently and was a lot more emphasised than others, which was breaking the fourth wall and speaking from third person directly to the audience. This was used with almost every character in different moments throughout the piece.

One moment in the play where Molly was sneaking around the Neverland ship, it created an amazing atmosphere. Using the lights to highlight specific parts of the stage, and instead of having a moving set to show Molly moving around the ship, they had the other characters move around the set to show her moving around. The shuffling of the feet and with their heads down created an ambience where the sneaking around of Molly became even more intense – with serious consequences if she was caught.