We started our group by spending a few weeks playing a variety of drama games to get everyone’s imaginations flowing and build energy and rapport with each other. We then went on to read through three of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes in groups and discussed what we thought of them, before coming together to choose our favourite to perform: Three Little Pigs it was!
We divided the script into parts and the group decided on their roles; we needed three little pigs (that’s a given), a wolf, Miss Red Riding Hood (which is less of a given!), and the all-important narrators of the story. We rehearsed a scene of the script each week, and brought in drama games again to encourage physical experimentation and an awareness of the link between body and character. The players then went on to link characterisation and costume by designing and making their own masks for performance.
The opportunity to engage with drama and the creative arts built the confidence of the children who attended and friendships developed with one another over our time together. By the end everyone achieved a Hi5 award and we finished the sessions with a celebratory meal and a mini premiere of their filmed final performance.