Focus: Obesogenic Environment – Environments that encourage people to eat unhealthily and not do enough exercise.
Big questions learners will explore:
- Who is responsible for the diet and lifestyle choices that we make on a daily basis?
- How much notice do we take of what is in the food we eat?
- What changes can be made to our environments to prevent obesity?
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.
Setting and Style: The playwright has suggested the simplest way to stage this would be to use a bare performance space with bright/quirky costumes and props which the cast don/use as required. The cast could sit in a row of chairs getting up to perform their parts and physically/stylistically make the settings/scenery as described. The acting style is meant to be over the top, caricatured and good fun.
Drama Skills: Multi-rolling, ensemble work, direct address, movement.
Choose this script if you have some strong actors that would like to take on lead roles. The play demands a lot from the ensemble which is a great skill for students to develop. It 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.
Sound and Movement: Alex Parson’s original music and sound effects are provided for your use. It is clearly marked in the script where to use the music or sound cues; however, feel free to add your own spin on things or incorporate the pupils’ own live sound effects.
Take a look at Movement Director Robin Guiver’s movement videos for ideas and starting points.