All the classroom is a stage for teachers and students to enjoy

Arts and drama go hand in hand so why not use drama to introduce Arts curriculum with your students. Check out body language, interview staff working in a theatre and put an actor into the interview hot seat.

Each module is a complete lesson plan. Guide your students as they act out the script, and discuss questions and activities.

A1 Skating to different conclusions
A2 Body Language and the audience
A3 Interviewing people who work in a theatre company
A4 Dramatic hair colour
A5 Hot Seating – Actor is interviewed
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A1 Skating to different conclusions
Roleplay: a group of skateboarders have an altercation with a shop manager. In the end they decide to be proactive and approach the mayor and gather a petition to lobby for an agreed place to skateboard.
Discussion: students discuss the issue of rules and regulations and establish the motivation for the different characters to act in the way they did.
Activities: students prepare short followup roleplay leading on from this roleplay between the mayor and themselves or between different people when they are collecting signatures for their petition. 
Objective: develop followon theatre piece based on an outcome from an existing script.

A2 Body Language and the audience
Roleplay: three different friends are interviewed for the same job. What makes one person successful and another unsuccessful can come down to body language. In the same way on stage body language shown by an actor is very important in convincing the audience of that character’s credibility.
Discussion: students discuss how they react to the different interviews form point of view of interviewer and audience member and effect of body language.
Activities: students repeat the interviews but this time with a different body language and they discuss their different or same reactions to the characters.
Objective: examines body language on an audience.

A3 Interviewing people who work in a theatre company
Roleplay: a fictional television interview show where an interviewer interviews different people who work in a theatre company.
Discussion: students identify and discuss the different roles required for a theatre or similar company to function.
Activities: students write up a job description for one of these roles or attend a performance of a play or musical, observing and discussing the components of a production, such as sets, lighting, publicity, front-of-house, bookings, music and other sound effects, choreography of dance or haka, costuming, special effects, make-up and props.
Objective: introduce roles within theatre company.

A4 Dramatic hair colour
Roleplay: a student is in trouble for the colour of their hair. Their friends think it’s unfair and organise a drama presentation to explain all the different points of view of the people involved.
Discussion: students discuss the roleplay and identify the steps required and knowledge needed to develop a drama piece to support the student’s cause.
Activities: in groups students develop a short drama piece and present to the class.
Objective: develop a short script and presentation based on social change activity.

A5 Hot Seating – Actor is interviewed
Roleplay: a fictional interview with an actor set on a television interview set. Students within the class ask the actor questions about what they do, do they like it, what skills do they need etc.
Discussion: students discuss the interview process, discuss answers to the questions and identify questions to ask other professionals.
Activities: students research another theatre professional and are interviewed in a similar interview process or students research another theatre professional and in a function type setting mix and mingle and talk amongst themselves about their different roles.
Objective: give students practical experience of acting and being interviewed while in character.

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