It was time for a Scooby snack at drama group a few Tuesdays ago as I led my second-ever workshop. It was supposed to be a case of the haunting of pickleville hall, with a ghost and some scattered clues about the place. I had planned a few games and exercises to start with, but didn’t really plan the session, thinking people could improvise it- mistake no. 1.
Mistake no. 2 was planting very few clues and not explain clearly what they meant, and only telling the ‘villain’ his plan toward the end- not a good idea at all. Sorry to say everyone was confused and it didn’t work out quite as I thought it would- ah well!
So what lessons have we learned from this shambolic display of ineptitude and lack of planning? Well, plan the damn thing properly would be the first thing, obviously! I think part of it was I had only decided on the theme a couple of weeks before- I’ve been wanting to do a puppet workshop for ages and originally begun outlining a plan, but changed it in the pub and thought of doing a cartoony workshop instead. Mistake no.3. Or no.1 actually!
So, I meddled with my own plan, no meddling kids needed! I did watch most of the first ever-series of Scooby Doo- Where are you? It was only from about the 20th or so episode when ‘meddling kids’ started getting used, ‘pesky kids’ was from later on, ‘interfering’ used a couple of times, along with mentioning Scooby as well, but not even the grand plan of a couple of packets of cookies- the proverbial Scooby snacks could save this Workshop from its own inept lack of foresight!
Anyway, messaged received loud and clear- don’t change the plan halfway through and explain CLEARLY what’s going on-so I guess I’d never really make a great Bond villain either.
Hold on- think I’ve had an idea for another workshop!!!