I continued my research on role plays and I found some interesting websites that had some compelling quotes.
Bogard (2012) states that role plays “can encourage empathy by asking students to adopt a position other than their own and encourage them to think in (ideally) new and creative ways. It can also be really fun, students literally playing a role and adopting a new identity.” In a lot of the research I read up on it spoke about empathy and how role plays are fun. Through empathy actors are able to reach a depth within their character role. I was able to think about my character and think about their fears and concerns and relate to the character on a personal level. In addition, I was able to have fun in creating this character and bringing my own perception of the character to the role play.
Expatsincebirth (2013) proposes in role plays actors “can learn to express all their feelings. They also can learn about other cultures and improve their language and movement skills.” Role plays are an effective way of conveying actors feelings and they are given the freedom to express themselves. Role plays are a way of learning about society and other people, cultures and identities. Actors are able to look at things in a new light, for instance in the role play class with Hilary teaching us about tension. It was interesting to see the difference in movement between everyone in the classroom and this is something I would have not looked out for before.
Blatner (2009) puts forward that “role playing is the best way to develop the skills of initiative, communication, problem-solving, self-awareness, and working cooperatively in teams.” I strongly agree with this quote. I believe that through the role play classes it has enabled me to feel more confident with my communication skills. In addition, both my problem-solving and self-aware skills have developed. I am now able to effectively think of a solution to a problem because of the problems that would be faced in the role play, for instance awkward silences or mistakes. However, through these problems it has enabled me to be able to think outside of the box and come up with a solution to overcome the problem being faced. In addition, I have become more self-aware for instance with my body and presence. I will now look at my body poise and think about the way I am being perceived. I look at how I am walking and speaking, and how other people are doing the same. It has opened up my eyes to looking at things in a new way.
Bogard, D. (2012) Learning through role play. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2012/feb/16/learning-through-role-play (Accessed: 09 May 2015)
Blatner, A. (2009) Role playing in education. Available at: http://www.blatner.com/adam/pdntbk/rlplayedu.htm (Accessed: 09 May 2015)
Expatsincebirth (2013) The importance of role plays for children (and us…). Available at: http://expatsincebirth.com/2013/02/03/the-importance-of-role-plays-for-children-and-us/ (Accessed: 09 May 2015)