UpstagePrimary/Workshop 2

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Building on forum discussion of online environments and the process of story

The Devising process: • Assemble at stage for UpStage Play (email with link and login instructions)

Review of UpStage tools and discussion from workshop 1.


- everyone can pick up an avatar, move, speak, and change their name
- avatars can follow stage directions, left, right, up and down (in front and behind other avatars)
- players can change backdrops and hold props 
- players can draw and using audio

• The Devising process

Encourage the group to think about a story they might tell by acting out (eg.popular nursery rhyme, local tale)

- Use stage in devising process 
- Explain the rules of Story, Story, Die (negotiate time for pause, length of sentences)
- each character has one line to add, next character picks up the line and adds their line to progress the story
- characters die when they stop the story progressing, repeat themselves, or pause for too long before speaking
- tutors use their turn to assist group to find natural  

• Capturing the process, screengrabs and saving the UpStage log

Explain how to take a picture of the screen especially useful to save images of drawings used in the storytelling
- Mac = command+shift+3 for whole screen, commans+shift+4 for a selection tool (drag across the area to take a picture of)
- Windows/PC = PRNTSCRN button (up by Delete) then paste into a document, ALT+PRNTSCRN to capture only active window
- To save the log add /log to the address bar in your browser 
- if you are in the stage demo then UpStage address ending in ...demo/log will give you the text information typed into the chat window

Assignment: Use your captured piece of UpStage log and explore the ideas, characters and storyline

- read through the log of the devising process and compare screen captured pictures
- discuss which characters and ideas that stood out
- try adding some more information to each character [what they like, where they have been, what they want to get etc)
- have another go at the story, story, die or recreating some of the story you all like
- think about new characters that might be interesting in your story