With this in mind participants at the January 'Ni festivalu' weekend (broadly: 'Let's celebrate!') spent their time - mostly - studying early Esperanto dramas written by a Catalan writer, Frederic Pujula I Valles. But it wasn't all study. Colin Simmonds, who 'stars' in the DVD of the first original Esperanto play (filmed last year at Barlaston), led a lively practical session including improvisation and other techniques used in the training of actors.
Next year's 'Ni Festivalu' weekend - at any rate the theatrical side of it - will follow a similar format. In so doing the weekend provides a valuable opportunity for serious and advanced Esperanto speakers to immerse themselves in the language as well as explore their culture.
Pictured are, from left, Helen Fantom, Colin Simmonds and Norwegian visitor Bard Hekland, with Denis Galitsyn in the background, improvising a scene involving two people in a car who pick up a hitch-hiker.
In another improvisation, Sally Phillips conducts an 'orchestra' comprising Bard Hekland and Kate Hall playing 'instruments' expressing emotions such as happiness, sadness and curiosity.
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