This morning, after tucking into what can only be described as a hearty breakfast, I was informed that the plans for the day had been changed slightly. This meant that I was left (theoretically at least) in charge of the students until this afternoon’s rehearsal and performance at Tsingua University. I couldn’t help laughing at the fact that I was now in sole command of a group of people in a foreign country, none of whom had English as their native language. Thankfully their comprehension is at the opposite end of the spectrum to my own endeavours in a foreign tongue, but still the situation was somewhat surreal.
This afternoon the students performed the play in front of a group of about 25 Chinese students, all of whom are learning Japanese, but are at various stages in their studies. After this my Tokyo Institute of Technology students ran a workshop where they discussed the play, and also played a few games with the Tsinghua University students. The play was very well received, and whilst there was some initial hesitation at the beginning of the workshop, my students did an absolutely incredible job in getting everybody involved in the proceedings. By the end it was clear that everybody had really enjoyed themselves, and gotten a lot out of the event, whilst one of my student’s earlier comment of ‘How can you make friends with someone who doesn’t have Facebook (Facebook being banned in China)?’ was swiftly disproven thanks to the power of a face-to-face communication.