Friday 29th October Little Amal arrived in Sheffield to a warm, friendly and moving welcoming party from the City of Sanctuary.
The entire process of being apart of ‘The Walk’ has been interesting and eye-opening. I was surprised at how much the day moved me! Seeing the fantastic turn out was reassuring that the world is not full of hateful people; that they only live amongst people with empathy, comforting kindness and acceptance.
Theatre was used as a vortex of expression. The puppet of Amal received compliments that would push humans to tears. I heard callings of ‘we love you Amal!’ This was powerful. The use of the verb ‘..love..’ with regard to a bundle of robotics and wood was the perfect example of what ‘The Walk’ means to people. I didn’t expect this when we started this project; I had underestimated the need for recognition and celebration regarding those seeking sanctuary and the use of theatre was the perfect catalyst to aid this course and to educate.
I was proud to be apart it. To have my audio hung in Tudor Square, to be of assistance to Rosie with ‘Stand and Be Counted ‘Theatre Company and merely to witness the day was great.
I have learnt a great deal from working with this project. Beginning with the writing workshop with Rosie; this provided a fabulous launch pad to writing an organic and emotive monologue. This also sparked our thinking of why we were writing them, the significance of the message we were wanting to convey. I feel this exercise was useful and would be applicable going forward when wanting to create a monologue. The recording and editing procedure was a concern for me as I am fearful of technology! However, using ‘audio editor’ I began to get to grips with it and ended up being happy with the audio piece. I managed to edit and add music, fades and echoes which enhanced the audio and it was rewarding to see the development of the piece after applying the feedback I had received.
I have learnt a lot from being a part of Little Amal’s journey.