Tony Kishawi with St Patrick’s students Sally Bambling, Jack Norris, Jaden Amba and Daniel Sorrensen.
Tony Kishawi with St Patrick’s students Sally Bambling, Jack Norris, Jaden Amba and Daniel Sorrensen. Contributed

On-the-spot creativity with Interact Youth Drama

GYMPIE acting coach Tony Kishawi has taken his Interact Youth Drama to St Patrick's College and Gympie South, Central and Imbil state schools to demonstrate how even the quietest child can be creative on the spot.

At regular school assemblies Tony demonstrates how, in just five minutes, four volunteers can improvise an impressive routine using slow motion, fast motion, repetitive action, large movement and small movement.

The volunteers also learn how to think on the spot, accept ideas from others, and how to offer ideas, all done easily with mime and music.

Tony worked in the theatre industry for more than 30 years before settling in Gympie with his family.

His children - Liam, 9, and Peta, 12 - were his inspiration for creating Interact Youth Theatre.

Tony searched for a fun, creative way to empower his children to collaboratively interact with others and to instil lifelong self-confidence. He started playing improv theatre games with his children, friends, and family which organically grew into Interact Youth Theatre.

"All too often the routine of daily life discourages our children to think outside the box so we use all the fun stuff of theatre - games, masks, puppetry, mime and other theatre skills," Tony said.

"By actively warming up their bodies, their voices, and their minds, children are challenged to think quickly.

"In a very short time even the shyest child can accomplish feats such as making a story up off the top of their head, and then share their story with others in their group and eventually an audience.

"This encourages a wonderful, creative, confidence-building freedom in a supportive, collaborative environment."

Interact Youth Theatre is now in their third successful year and students regularly perform at primary school assemblies, shopping centres, festivals and events throughout the community.

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