Understanding Global Perspectives Using Drama
For a Global Perspectives showcase held at the Legacy School Bangalore on 15th March, our drama instructor Annie Ambily worked with grade seventh students on the topic – Building Sustainable Communities.
Annie chose to devise a theatre piece instead of working with a ready script because devising “gives a scope for incorporating student ideas and creative suggestions. It gives them a sense of ownership towards their performance which naturally brings out the best in them.” A student reflecting on the process said, “It wasn’t just our teacher’s ideas but all of our ideas which we put together to make our skit.”
Learners began the process by discussing the concept of sustainability based on their textbook ideas to discussing the practicality of those ideas: how to start sustainability? who will execute the ideas: an individual or the government? They were inspired by the energy independent and came across the Energy island- Samso in Denmark, and sparked off ideas for their performance. The whole group went through the process of devising by brainstorming ideas, creating mind maps, doing machine exercises, freeze frames, etc. until they had a piece which encapsulated the idea- “We are the Change”
Devising allowed them to explore the topic and come up with viable solutions themselves. At the post show Q&A, for building sustainable urban communities, students promptly advocated rain water harvesting, solar panels for sky rises, electric cars, reduce and recycle Plastic, and replace plastic with biodegradable materials like algae membrane products. About drama integration, a student explained that “Theatre was a really fun way for us understand global perspectives topic because otherwise it is a lot of theory. Through drama we got our own ideas and used them in creating the piece.”