In The Edge Project: Good to Go, a Green Thumb Theatre project designed, written, and performed in creative collaboration by drama class students from three Vancouver area high schools and presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the turning point in the story of the heroic journey was the insight that the most selfish act was to give up.
In The Intent to Live, Achieving your True Potential as an Actor, Larry Moss writes “In acting, the worst thing to be is indifferent…if your character doesn’t care, why is he in the room? There is no drama if he really doesn’t care. You have to care! I’ll put that in bold letters: YOU HAVE TO CARE, YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE, YOU HAVE TO TRIGGER, YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOURSELF, YOU HAVE TO BE INTERESTED, CURIOUS, PASSIONATE.”
What we could do
We first developed The Edge Project back in 2008 when Artistic Associate Courtenay Dobbie worked with four high schools from the Lower Mainland to create an incredibly ambitious and unique theatre experience for almost 100 high school students. The Edge project was developed as our outreach and community-building project, and since its inception we’ve worked with 10 schools and over 375 performer/creators.
What’s fantastic about The Edge project is that it not only functions as a meeting place from students from a wide variety of backgrounds who might never otherwise connect, but it also give a direct and uncensored voice to teenagers. What I’ve found in my three previous Edge experiences is that if you give creative control to a group of young people, even as many as 100, and start with the assumption that they are all already creative, the results are amazing. Without fail, even with limited theatre experience, the students end up creating something thought-provoking, dynamic and hugely entertaining.
This year we’re working with Hugh Boyd Secondary in Richmond, Windermere Secondary in East Vancouver, and Windsor Secondary in North Vancouver. The schools have already gathered for one of our All Schools Creation Jams this past June, where we brainstormed on thematic content which we’ll use as a creation guide for the first six weeks of the process. As content becomes more fleshed out and developed, we’ll move into the rehearsal process and work really hard to get our big show ready for opening night on the 12th of December.
I don’t think it’s very hard to imagine how exponentially our world has changed in the past ten years. Technological innovations alone have really changes the way we think and interact, so it’s clear that young people are growing up with a whole different set of perceptions about the world, and completely different ways of processing information, and there is a lot of it. It seems clear to me how important a piece like The Edge Project can be because it creates a dialogue that needs to happen.
What is it like for you? How does it feel to grow up now? How much is the world changing?
The Edge Project asks these questions, and the collective voice of these young people channeled into a unique theatre experience, provides the answers.
September 10, 2013
Source: The Edge Project Diary – http://greenthumbtheatre.blogspot.ca/2013/09/the-edge-project-diary.html