Victory College students joined Patti Stiles in two one-hour unplanned and unpaid Theatresports workshops as a “flood special”.
Victory College students joined Patti Stiles in two one-hour unplanned and unpaid Theatresports workshops as a “flood special”.

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EIGHT Victory College students who made it to the Civic Centre despite the Gympie floods on Wednesday have a new appreciation of what Theatresports is about.

Because of the flood, the Theatresports workshops planned for early this week were put on hold, so Patti Stiles volunteered to go to any school that would like her to share her skills with their students (while the schools were not following normal curricular activities).

Victory College accepted the offer with Patti conducting two one-hour unplanned and unpaid workshops, one for primary and one for secondary students, as a "flood special".

Theatresports is known throughout the world as the base for today's improv theatre and the inspiration for shows like Thank God You're Here and Whose Line Is It Anyway? where teams perform scenes with the focus on spontaneous storytelling.

However, workshops organiser, Gympie's Tony Kishawi, says Theatresports is more than teaching actors how to improvise; this genre of theatre has lessons for all of us that are useful in everyday life.

"Theatresports teaches teamwork while building each participant's self-esteem and self-confidence," Tony said.

"In an ensemble everyone doesn't need to be best friends but you do need to trust each other.

"Ensemble work helps us to understand and to appreciate the people we work with and encourages the whole team to work together to successfully achieve a common goal.

"Having seen Patti in action with a class, it is no wonder that she is renowned throughout the world as an inspirational teacher who can help anyone achieve these skills and learn how to play nicely with others.

"Participants in this first workshop found there is a wonderful feeling of safety working with Patti as she inspires individuals in her class to try different ideas and work through a process to gain confidence in their own skills, to be able to walk out on to a stage and absolutely trust your colleagues to be there when you need them.

"Patti's philosophy for a good theatrical performance is to make your partner look good and this generosity of spirit shines through when you see students gain trust not just in their own skills, but also in their fellow students, so together they are confident to deliver their best in a team performance," Tony said.

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