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Part of the Drama Two Curriculum

Devising

Created by Corinna Rezzelle

In this unit, students will work with their peers through a series of exercises and activities designed to lead them through the process of creating, writing, rehearsing, and performing a new, original script.

Overview
The overview lays out the objectives, description, and lessons for the unit, including pre-knowledge requirements and review.
Additional Attachments
1: Characterization
Students explore what makes a character interesting through the examination of physical objects. What do objects say about us? What can you infer about a person by the objects they carry with them? Students will role-play in process drama activities to explore characters and to create their own.
2: Physicalization / Stage Movement
Students explore how body language can show a story (i.e. how someone is feeling, character traits, relationships between characters, etc.). The lesson culminates in students using a physical elliptical scene (a scene with just stage directions) and adding movements, gestures, and body language.
3: Contentless Scenes / Building Scenes
In this lesson, students will start their scene work first with a contentless scene, a one-minute scene, and then (for homework) write a one-page scene based on a real life experience.
4: Choosing a Topic
In this lesson, students discuss and choose a topic for their devised piece.
5: Beginning to Write
In this lesson, students begin putting the pieces together for their devised work. Students brainstorm on their topic, then participate in a movement piece and a forum theatre activity to explore their topic.
6: Building the Play
In this lesson, students continue to build the play by writing and revising scenes, reading each other’s work, and providing feedback.
7: The Ren Run
In this lesson, students will work in groups to create transitions in improvised tableaux and movement pieces. They will also participate in a “ren run” to practice improv blocking.
8: Revision
In this lesson students watch the Ren Run then discuss the topic of revision. What is the message of the play? How do the scenes communicate the message? Note: Depending on the amount of revisions your students feel the play needs, revising might take longer than one lesson. Feel free to add time, if need be.
9: Rehearsal
In this lesson, students finalize casting, then start rehearsing. Focus the rehearsals on blocking. What is the necessary movement to communicate the content of the scene?
10: Rehearsal / Character Development
Students continue to rehearse. In this lesson, character development exercises deepen the students’ experiences and final products.
11: Rehearsal / Designing the play
Students continue to rehearse. They also move on to the design phase of the project. The group will decide upon costuming and props for the performance. NOTE: Keep costumes and props simple. Black works well for costumes with colourful accents.
12: Final Rehearsal & Post Show Discussion
Students run the show before their performance. Pre- and post-show discussion questions are included as well as a post show reflection.

Standards Addressed

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