Drama is an effective and fun way of engaging pupils in exploring and learning about big questions. The specially commissioned Play in a Day scripts (average length 15 minutes) have been written by five playwrights in collaboration with five leading scientists who are carrying out research relating to the overarching theme of these plays ‘our food, our health and our planet’.
Each play has clear learning outcomes and links to the curriculum, and lasts around 15 minutes in performance. The scripts have roles for everyone in the class and not only explore topics but develop transferable skills such as teamwork, creativity and leadership.
These plays are great to perform for the whole school community. You might use them for assemblies, harvest festivals, and special food related events like World No Meat day.
But - I’m not a drama teacher
Don’t worry if you’re not an expert at directing or doing movement – we are offering you lots of support. Each script comes with:
- two short films (of no more than 5 minutes), produced by professional Movement Consultant Robin Guiver, illustrating how to use movement in your production.
- specially composed music and sound effects created by Composer Alex Parsons to download and use in your production.
- Director’s Notes which include learning outcomes, links to the curriculum, more in-depth information about the theme of your chosen play, along with hints and tips on how stage the play for a workshop performance
Choosing the right play for your class.
Read the following short briefs and choose a play that best suits what you want your pupils to learn, or a specific topic you want to explore.
Basmati Basmati by Jonathan Hall
Choose this script to explore biodiversity in a simple way through exciting movement and music.
Beloved Burger by Rhiannon Tise
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.
Day of Temptation by Judith Johnson
Choose this script for a focus on how to be healthy one day at time through a fun exploration of what pupils face every day through the temptations of the unhealthy food around them.
For Richer, For Poorer by Adam Hughes
Choose this script to explore how we can both under- and over-eat and what this does for our health. This play looks at food in India but resonates with other countries across the world.
The Lament of the Green Bean by Elinor Cook
Choose this script to explore how other countries provide food for us in the UK and the impact this has on the environment.