It's not a stagnant piece of paper with writing on it
And not no piece of paper with writing on it
I had an interesting conversation recently while buying a stationary item. After paying for it, I gave the sales lady, Bongiwe, a small paper with writing on it and suggested she might like to read it during her coffee break. There weren't any more customers waiting in the queue so she immediately read it:
Paper With Writing On It - Mission Viejo Dentist
It is in the director’s hands too that the question of dramatic context can be examined. Here we explored what the actor’s contribution might be to a scene where a simple action can be completely charged with meaning if placed in a particular context. To demonstrate this, I devised a scene with a copper bowl of water on a table, an imaginary mirror, a rough towel and a piece of paper with writing on it. I asked a non-actor in the room to approach the table slowly, to dip her face in the water with her eyes open, dry her face on the towel and then try and memorize the words pinned up on the wall next to the mirror. I specifically asked that she evince no emotion and try not to construct an emotional narrative. What Alvin Nikolai the dancer called ‘motion not emotion’. I then asked her to repeat the scene several times until the timing became steady. Finally I asked her to repeat the action while I read the following poem:
At the end of good session your participants will normally be mentally exhausted so give them a break or some refreshments and tell them to leave everything where it is. When they have gone, go round and gather every bit of paper with writing on it - notepads, flip chart paper, even scraps of paper (accidentally) put in the bin.2. In one of the envelopes, put a paper with writing on it. It could be your name, or a special message. There's more ideas forwhat to write at the end of this trick, with the special tips.