Meriden’s Theatresports teams master the unexpected

19 June 2018

While acting on stage without a script may sound daunting to some, Meriden girls have taken to the concept with gusto. Meriden’s Theatresports teams have enjoyed exceptional success in 2018. The Senior team progressed through to the grand final of the Theatresports Schools Challenge and the Intermediate team followed close on their heels with a place in the finals.

Theatresports was introduced as a cocurricular activity at Meriden in 2014. While the activity helps to develop improvisation and performance skills, Meriden’s Drama Coordinator, Ms Sonia Byrnes, says that it is not just budding drama students who benefit from the program. “It helps build confidence together with skills in lateral thinking, quick thinking, story telling, self-expression, communication and teamwork,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun and you definitely do not need to be an extrovert to participate.”

Schools from across New South Wales compete in the Theatresports Schools Challenge with teams of up to six students from each school creating a series of improvised scenes live on stage. They are judged by a panel of improvisation professionals.

Belvoir Street Theatre introduced Theatresports to Sydney in the 1980s and it has been the training ground for numerous Australian comedians and personalities.