In this session we looked at the various characters in the game.We discussed (as we moved through the game, often retracing our steps, or jumping ahead to see/watch/view the particular character we were talking about)
- the lack of main or “big” characters in Haluz
- what each character added to the game
- the personality characteristics that each character had/showed
- how we knew what the character was like – and what made us think that way
- background music
- way the character moved
- what the character did
- what the character might have been feeling/ hearing/thinking at different points in the game
- and how this influenced the characters movements
- how the words we used to describe changed according to how the character was feeling/acting
During this session we couldn’t help but act out different ways of moving, of reacting, and of thinking whilst we were “in character”.
The kids then had some time to work on writing about one of the characters. I think they made some great attempts at actually “being” the character …… what do you think?
“Sendrick the snake had never heard music before, so he hastily pulled himself out of his basket when the strange music began playing” Sarah.
“Zaffa the hungry snake ferociously swallowed the cute furry mouse like a racing car going at great speed” Moustapha.
“Watching the mouse as carefully as a shark spying on it’s prey, Valisa, the suspicious snake waited for the mouse to peek out of the tiny hole” Momtahina.
“George excitedly popped out from his basket when he heard the beautiful music” Steven.
“I stomped outside to see what was going on. Even though a vulture-like predator had my satellite dish I couldn’t help but smile. I was about to embark on a miraculous quest …” Timothy.
“Peeping out of the ancient box, one eye after the other, I rise carefully with caution, to the roof of the slimy lizard’s mouth. Jerking upwards towards the lizard’s dirty, disgusting tongue, I shake my head sideways and bump into the lizard’s throat, giving him a constantly sore throat” Naomi.
“Carelessly, I sprang out of the straw basket swaying to the music, not thinking of what I was doing. Only one thought was on my mind, “sway to the music” for I had not heard the marvellous music that I was swaying to right now for what felt like a hundred years” Natalie