I recently spent a thoroughly enjoyable day, holding a workshop for Riverside Performing Arts' in-house Theatre Company to help develop their upcoming show based on the popular children’s book ‘Elmer’ (you may be familiar with the eponymous patchwork elephant), at Midlands Arts Centre.
Just in case you missed it, this is my article from the current editions of those two magazines,
LET’S GET PHYSICAL!
Children are physical creatures. I don’t need to tell you that. From the very beginning, they express themselves with their whole bodies. During the earliest of early years, when they know the cadence of language, but don’t necessarily have the vocabulary to fit the tune, they are already using gestures to help make themselves understood - and they learn those gestures from us.
It’s intriguing to me that whilst we accept the development of a regional accent, there is little thought given to the physical habits a young child might pick up - and this happens in school as well at at home.