The future of food is one of the biggest challenges on our plate. Our relationship with food is changing, affecting our health and the world around us in new and uncertain ways. The Wellcome Trust has launched The Crunch to encourage the nation to explore these changes and inspire us all to create a recipe for a happier, healthier future. The activities are taking place in summer 2016.
Theatre of Debate has been commissioned by the Wellcome Trust's The Crunch project to create 10 short plays to be performed by young people and children, five for primary schools and five for secondary schools and FE colleges.
Choose this script for a class that like to do a lot of movement and will enjoy creating a dream-like state for performance. It explores the impact of eating so much meat and will help pupils understand the effect this has on their planet.
Choose this play if you have a smaller group of students who all want a speaking role. (The play can lend itself to a cast of 30.) The play explores agro-biodiversity in different cultures and countries throughout so gives students an opportunity to learn information through playing a role. Lots of freedom in this script to put your own spin on how it is performed.
Casting: Flexibility within the casting except for 2 of the roles which need to be played by the same actors throughout. Can work with groups of students from 8-30 depending on how you want to stage it.
Drama Skills: Ensemble work, multi-roling, interesting ways of staging, movement.
Choose this script if you have strong male actors that can carry the play and a group of creative students who would benefit from working as an ensemble to present a piece of theatre. The play explores undernutrition and overnutrition and contains a lot of information to spark discussion and split opinion.
Casting: 2 male key speaking roles with 2 female supporting roles make up the main bulk of the play. There are flexible roles for the rest of the class that can be made as little or as much of as you see fit. The playwright has suggested between 8-20 roles where the lines can be divided up in any way that works for your interpretation.
Drama Skills: Staging in the round, ensemble work, soundscaping.
Choose this play if you have several strong actors that would like key roles and a group of students willing to try multi-roling to tell the story. The play explores two very different worlds exploring the impact of food consumption on the planets resources and provides a great basis for discussion and further exploration into the topic.
Casting: 9 main speaking roles that are reasonably equally divided, 3 further roles central to the story and an ensemble needed for several other roles throughout the play.
Drama Skills: Physical theatre, multi-roling, soundscaping, ensemble work.
Choose this script if you have several strong students keen for speaking roles and a creative group of young people that want to explore staging and transitioning between multiple locations. The play introduces them to a world in the not too distant future and really gets them thinking about the choices they make about food.
Casting: 8 key lead roles representing modern day teenagers and those in the future with approx. 5 or 6 supporting roles that can be adapted. All students can be involved in the performance through soundscaping and physical theatre.
Drama Skills: Soundscaping, split scene, physical theatre, ensemble work and complex staging.
Choose this script if you have some strong actors who would like to take on lead roles. The play demands a lot from the ensemble which is a great skill for students to develop. Exploring the impact of the obesogenic environment, this play also creates key discussion triggers and will spark debate and difference of opinion. Some really great roles for students to play and flexibility in the way it is staged could be an exciting project for students to tackle.
Casting: 8 larger speaking roles, 1 female lead who is telling her story. Several other supporting roles with speaking parts and enough parts for up to 30 students as part of an ensemble that plays school students, people at the summer fayre etc.
Drama Skills: Multi-roling, ensemble work, direct address, movement.
Every school and FE college in the UK will have received a free kit in May 2016,packed full of scientific equipment, lesson notes and practical activities for every age group to help students explore the links between our food, our health and our planet. Find out more about the kit.
Coming in 2016, The Crunch is an exciting year of activities, experiences and discussions about our food, our health and our planet. Through The Crunch we want to help people think about how our food, our health and our planet are all interconnected. By examining our relationships with food, and exploring cutting edge research, we can think about how we can eat in ways that can keep our planet and ourselves healthy.