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In her presentations for lower primary students, including kindergarten and Preps, Sofie draws on her acting skills; she performs a play based on her book My Yellow Blanky (Omnibus 2002). Sofie plays the main character, an energetic and willful five-year-old, and the children from the audience play the other parts, complete with costumes and props. The show is dynamic and highly interactive, providing the students with an opportunity to understand the connection between text and performance and how exciting it can be. Sofie also uses her successful picture book, Too Loud Lily (Omnibus 2003) as a tool for interactive performance. With this text students have the opportunity to work together as a chorus, with Sofie in the role of ‘conductor’. These sessions celebrate the (sometimes-noisy!) relationship between words, sound and action.
The different ways stories can be transformed into performance. The different places we can find inspiration for stories and plays. Finding the right place to express ourselves.
Using her books as a springboard, Sofie discusses the importance of character in her own writing. She examines the different ways we can create strong characters and their importance in building a compelling story. Sofie’s audience learns how to create characters of their own and to develop the stories that lie within them. The sessions […]
Sofie has kept a diary since she was seven years old when her Polish grandmother bought her a blank book as a gift. When Sofie asked why the pages held no words or pictures her grandmother explained that the book was for writing stories about herself. Sofie has been keeping a diary ever since. In […]
There is also a strong theatrical element in Sofie’s presentations for middle and upper primary students. After speaking with students about the different inspirations for her stories, Sofie plays director and the students act out scenes from her novels. She has found this to be an excellent way of engaging the audience in her work […]