Showing posts from September, 2011

How to Design a Treasure Hunt as an Icebreaker

Back in my 2nd or 3rd year of university, my friend Ruby and I were living in a hall of residence (or hostel if you like). At the time, Ruby and I participated in student government (which I thought was a bit of an oxymoron), specifically in the sect that they called 'Health and Culture'. She was the elected head of this department and recruited me as a sidekick of sorts. What we were responsible for, amongst many other things, was welcoming the fresh meat- ahem. I mean, 'first years' into the residence. I remembered what it was like to be fresh from high school, transferred from the top of one system to the bottom of another in one day. Many of them were far from home and didn't know where to start when it came to making new friends.  That's where we came in! We began to brainstorm on several ways we could get them to come out of their shells, make friends, enjoy their new environment (as well as the food which, little did they know, would only be good during

The Unexpected Facebook Interview: Part 1

Not too long ago, I asked a friend of mine, a fellow artist, to check out my blog (this one) and give me some feedback on it. She calls herself "Athena Zeus" and she acts, dances, sings and writes - I knew I could learn a lot from her.  I had expected a few points here and there on improvements I could make. However, what I didn't expect was a four day conversation on both of our Facebook walls - ranging from my original writing inspiration, to past theatre exploits, and even plans for the future... Somewhere in the middle of all the artsy babble, I had a feeling it was taking on an interview styled format. Light bulb moment! Why not let my readers have a bit of insight on me? So with Athena's permission, I will let you eavesdrop on our little artsy chat! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ekari Mbvundula posted to Athena Zeus check it! Would love your feedback :-) Ekari Mbvundula: Writer & Performer 22 Augus

The Unexpected Facebook Interview: Part 2

We moved the conversation from Athena's wall to mine: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Athena Zeus posted to Ekari Mbvundula I hope you find my responses helpful. Keep writing...keep talking...stay smart. ;) 24 August at 23:06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ekari Mbvundula More than helpful! I think we can continue here to de-clutter your wall :-P 25 August at 09:03   Ekari Mbvundula Yeah I knew you'd understand the role playing one has to do in the creative process. Whether or not the characters stay on the page, or make it to the stage, the process stays the same. To be honest, in many of my plays I didn't plan on making a stage appearance at first, but in some cases my fellow cast members would vote that it was logical for me to play the role since I knew it best. I started to embrace the stage more and more because I needed to ensure that the story was told the way I intended. Call me a control freak :-) 25 August at 09:22 Ekari Mbvundula You're right about the never-endi