When students enter our drama lessons, they’re first met with tantalising tongue twisters. Yes, we agree. “She sells sea shells on the sea shore and the shells she sells are sea shells.” But what if there was “a fisherman named Fisher who fished for some fish in a fissure, till a fish with a grin, pulled the fisherman in and now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher?” Hopefully this fisherman never met with “the skunk who sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk!” That would truly have done him in!
We’ve all heard of “Peter Piper who picked a peck of pickled peppers…” but what about that famous tutor? Never heard of him? Well, here goes then. He is “a tutor who tooted the flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot. Said the two to the tutor, ‘is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?’” I have no idea what the tutor’s fitting reply was but I’d like to think he looked the two squarely in the eye and told them “to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock, awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock, from a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!”
Students are Playacting Drama are challenged with interesting tongue twisters that not only improve their enunciation and articulation but also their concentration. How can it not when students have to consider how “If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.” You get the gist! So drama is a lot more than just thinking you can act or achieving your misplaced desire to be famous. Drama is a lot of work. Hard work. It requires actors to understand a play from the point of view of a director, a playwright, an actor and the audience. It requires them to stay in character with their creative aura shining at all times. It requires them to communicate their emotions as best as they can. Which is exactly when it helps to have practised, umpteens times over, “Send toast to ten tense stout saints’ ten tall tents.”
Yes, it’s a challenge. Try the twisters in quotation marks. And if you think you can speak well, well done. If you’d like to rattle these off with absolute grace and ease, call us or drop us a line!
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