Middle School National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Melbourne Trip
By Keaan, Grade 8, East Campus
In late January, whilst students were just about settled in after the new year, a group of 20 Middle School students were given the opportunity to fly to Melbourne Australia, and take part in a number of intensive drama workshops led by the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). This was an amazing experience and gave us the chance to step out of the four black walls of our drama studios and enter a whole new world of theatre.
The trip began with an eye-opening experience at the theatre as we watched ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’. I personally found this to be so fascinating as it really encompassed everything we have been taught in the past few years of Middle School Drama. To see the techniques that we had learned in class, amplified and portrayed in a professional production, was truly inspiring. The show had my classmates and I on the edges of our seats and eager for the days to come.
The next 72 hours were filled with excitement, laughs, learning and so much more, as we went through the workshops organised by NIDA. We learned how to enhance performances with movement and about the subtle complexity of improvisation, as well as looked into the objective, status, and endowment of characters. Throughout this whole experience, it was amazing to be working in a group where everyone was fully committed and passionate about drama and this shift was visible in the collaborations and the final products of each group. Overall this was a great experience that allowed me to further my skills and love for drama and I am excited to continue drama in my upcoming school years.