No One is an Island was created to further enhance the learning around the themes in our touring show, Slug. Working with two experienced teaching artists, one class of primary school children spent half a day on a make believe desert island.
The class was split into 4 tribes and spent some time deciding on their tribe values and core skills. Then they set up home on their allocated quarter of the island, but as the session progressed various problems occurred – the sea level rose; the water supply dried up; the boat to the mainland broke; a volcano exploded, twice! The young people needed to creatively respond to the problems they faced, and they had to work with the other tribes to come up with solutions. Using the drama arts of storytelling, improvisation, visual arts, characterisation, creative movement and prop work – the young islanders were encouraged to use their imaginations to visualise the world they were creating. At the end of the day, all tribes had to share the same space, appreciate each other’s skills and learn how to get along.