A couple of days ago, we gathered into groups and performed what is called a friendship tableau. This is a representation of a scene where the actors don’t move and don’t speak. This is was done somewhat contrary to what a regular actor would do. An actor would normally move around and perform dialogue, however in the friendship tableau actors only provide the message through a frozen scene. Each one of these friendship tableaus provides a message about how friends interact in the real world, some of these may even link to you.
[1,3] “Portray a scene in which all of them are friends in the group and they are all enjoying doing the same or different things together.” Sometimes when you’re with your friends, you might all be doing different things but just enjoy their presence. Or you might all be doing the same thing and enjoy your time together. In both cases, friends like spending time together, regardless of what they’re doing.
[2, 4, 5,6] Another three of the tableau describe the group of friends divided into smaller portions. Sometimes there’s a group of friends but they somewhat divided into their own little factions. This could happen due to similarities of interest’s or personalities. An example of this could be our classroom. We’re all kind of friends, but we divided into different interest groups.
[7,8,9,10] The last four tableaus represent when one friend stands out as a “me”. This could be if a friend has good fortune, or when one of the members is in times of hardship. In all the cases, one person takes the spotlight. For example, when they’re welcoming a new member to the group, the new person stands out. In real life, this could be if a friend got a hundred on a test and their friends are proud of him.
Each tableau conveys a message about friendship, whether it would be about the way the group is organized or about what they do. Maybe some of these tableaus even apply to you. So the next time you’re with your friends, you can spot which tableau applies to your friend group.
- Portray a scene in which all our friends in the group and they are all enjoying doing the same thing together.
- Portray a scene in which one person in the group wants to talk to one other person in the group privately.
- Portray a scene in which members of the group enjoy being together, but not necessarily all doing the same thing together.
- Portray a scene in which the people enjoy small groups rather than a large group.
- Portray a scene in which the people enjoy talking in a large group.
- Portray a scene in which the people enjoy talking in twos or threes.
- Portray a scene in which one member of the group is introducing a new person to the group. The others in the group welcome this new person.
- Portray a scene in which one member is sad. The others comfort this person in various ways.
- Portray a scene in which members of the group celebrate the good fortune or success of one or two members.
- Portray a scene in which one or more members are trying to be peacemakers among friends who have had a disagreement.