A leading Building Society asked us to create a team building event that would encourage creativity and spontaneity. We put together a project in which the team of twenty would devise, write, perform and film their own soap opera. The project was in four stages.
Using our experience in devised theatre, we created a writing workshop in which the twenty-strong team created their own plot and characters.
Having decided on the outline plot and central characters, the team was then divided into four groups of five. Each had the task to write a specific episode that ran for 20 minutes. In these two stages, participants learned about the close connection between teamwork and creativity.
The team of twenty could now choose to join one of four different groups. Each had specific tasks:
- Cast the roles – anyone in the group could audition.
- Choose locations.
- Create shooting script for each episode.
- Learn how to film drama: this included Sound, Lighting, Costume, Design, Camera technique and Continuity.
Then the whole group worked together to film the Soap Opera. The leader of the project was the director, but made use of several assistant directors. All the other roles both in front of and behind the camera were filled by the team members.
The four episodes were then screened at a summer party for the entire workforce of the Building Society. It was very entertaining – a huge success.
At a feedback session afterwards, the team reflected that their relationships were stronger; they felt more confident as individuals. Above all, they realised that creativity came from first, being focussed on the task in hand and then giving free rein to their imagination and intuition. The projected ended with a workshop on how they could apply everything they had learned about their creativity to their day to day working life.