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12 October 2021

Sleepy Hollow

Crow’s Nest kicked off this week with the challenge to ‘describe your week as a mystery subscription box’ (responses included confetti-filled boxes, boxes full of more boxes and boxes full of nothing at all).

It was our second week with Beth stepping in to run the workshop and we became her ‘captive audience’ to an exercise she has been sitting on for a while.

Everyone is handed a photo of a strange-looking animal, then given ten minutes to describe it using similes and metaphors.

These descriptions make it to the next person along who, without seeing the original photo, must adapt and expand on what’s there to invent a comprehensive fact-file: giving the creature a name, habitat, diet, list of behaviours, wingspan (if applicable) and so on. We had a go drawing what we imagined the animal to look like too.

Before results are shared side-by-side (see below), everything is passed on once more and the fact-file you end up with inspires a third task – to create a story involving the animal. These were encouraged to be spooky, in keeping with participants being invited to attend the opening night of Sleepy Hollow in MAST Studio 1 after the session concluded.

Antosh returns to host Crow’s Nest next Tuesday.

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