Un-PC ECT and ‘Dancing’ a Life Cycle: Monday 5th December

I knew that today’s Drama Communication was going to be interesting when before the lesson I overheard one of the students asking their fellow group member, ‘Can we have some movement before you die?’. As well as being the most energetic that they have been to date, the students had really put a lot of thought into their presentations, which this week focused on a negative aspect of using electricity/electrical machinery. The winning group had decided to act out just how wrong Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can go, and whilst their performance would undoubtedly never win any award for political correctness, it was definitely engaging. Having said that it will certainly need to be toned down a notch before it can be performed in public!

Shortly before I turned into a chrysalis.

The key message that I wanted to convey to the students today was the importance of commitment. Namely that it is far better to give 100%, and to fail spectacularly, than it is to fall into no man’s land because of your lack of conviction. To demonstrate this fact I had prepared a 3 minute ‘dance’ which illustrated metamorphosis via the life cycle of a butterfly, into which I poured all of my artistic ‘talent’, without ever worrying if I looked foolish or not (something which in truth I very rarely consider). My exploits were warmly received, and I wait with relish for next week’s efforts from the students, especially the group which has to express the life cycle of a star.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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