Wilson. Storytelling. Workshop.
Aircraft flying overhead
Riding a bike
Smashing a window with my football
Hitting the winning run
Flying down the road on a go cart we made from an old pram
Flying a kite into a beautiful blue sky
Throwing snow balls at your best friend
Freeze picture at the end
Freeze picture at the beginning
Decide on your opening line
Cliff hanger ( final line)
As Wilson goes through the door remember to say your text clearly
Are you going to say the lines at the same time or together
“I remember seeing my daughter leaving for University and when she drove off we both cried”.
“I remember seeing Mr Wilson bringing his beautiful daughter home from hospital for the first time. He was so proud that day”.
“I remember him carrying his wife over the threshold. they were so happy that day”
“I remember seeing his son taking the puppy out in the snow on Christmas morning. The joy on his face”
“I remember Lucy his wife throwing the flowers through the front door. She was so angry with him”
“I remember when he lost his Lucy. He was never the same. The whole house was never the same”
Wilson leaves his home and gives keys to the estate agent remembers (pair share)
“I remember playing football on the road”. (As Wilson moves along the line the pairs come to life.)
Door sets up Wilson goes through each door each one saying their memories of Wilson.
(The pairs move to the outside edge of the space facing the audience. Wilson walks through the door and the pairs speak their lines.)
On the journey here’s the noises of the city then arrives at the old people’s home greeted by the support staff then falls asleep in chair
(A slight change here as we will create larger groups and go to the two ends of the space.) Wilson will walk along to both ends of the space and Geoff will narrate what he sees. Wilson will click his fingers and bring the essence machines to life
Each group create an opening freeze picture. This should show them all waiting for Wilson in the playground. The picture should have different levels and depth to the image
Each person in the group should be able to ask Wilson a question. They all know that he’s not got a phone and say their questions in a silly manner. The sequence should end on a strong freeze and their last line is said all together
Thomas as Wilson will improvise with each group. As each group finishes they will freeze and sit down. However before the last improvisation he will throw his bag onto the ground and tell the audience that the final group was the straw that broke the camels back. He will also say to the audience that after this scene he will show the audience why he didn’t have a mobile phone. Thomas then rewinds and shows the scene between the final group and throws his bag down and storms out.
As Thomas leaves the space he freezes and a piece of music plays and the scene fades to blackout
The lights come back on and Thomas is in a freeze position. One of the group come on and introduce the scene. Two weeks before at the allotment. The smell of onions is in the air. “Hi Granddad how are you today?” The scene comes to life and Wilson repeats the line
Granddad has been thinking
Wilson is reluctant to talk about school
Granddad gets the jar off the shelf and takes out the money
Wilson wont except
Granddad insists and tells him to go and get a mobile phone
Wilson says goodbye to his Granddad and as he walks away the lighting changes and Wilson freezes.
Geoff Narrates that Wilson left his Granddad and the next day he went to the phone shop. Each pair will stand up and Wilson improvisers the scene
Wilson asks how much the most expensive phone is. The shopkeeper shows a number
Wilson then asks what is the cheapest and again he shows him a few, but tries to put him off
Wilson buys the cheapest phone (Wilson freezes and the lights fade)
Wilson returns to his granddad
Granddad asks how he got on
Wilson gets out the mobile phone
Granddad not knowing assumes its really expensive
Wilson goes to leave and then freezes
Narration: “I know what your thinking…you think that Wilson took the money that day but he knew his granddad struggled to make ends meet. He knew that he needed medication for a number of ailments. He didn’t pocket the money that day. He just needed time as to how he would be able to give the money back without making his granddad cry. His granddad was a very kind and sensitive man.
Wilson turns and the scene continues and he tells his granddad and his granddad looks at him and says ;” that his mother would have been proud of him
The character of Wilson is now in transition. Cameron enters the space and takes off the hat and coat and becomes Wilson. He then explains to the audience that he wants to return to the moment when he decides to runaway from the bullying. I know I told you that I threw the bag down and ran through the gates. Well that’s not strictly true. As I stood their the whole of the playground began to chant my name… quietly at first and then louder than bombs. At the end they were chanting my name… and I held my head in my hands. The chanting stopped. It was night and I don’t know how but the bullies had gone. I was outside my garage. I was home with my friends
As I opened the garage door my friends came to life. Cameron producers his monologue. The group create the robots and move around the space. They then brake into four groups and create four different robots