Alternative topic two – drama
activity: types of authority (continued)
to the teacher
Through this drama activity it is intended that pupils should be
led to explore the different sources of authority in their lives
and society as a whole.
The dictionary definition of authority is, "The
power or right to demand obedience".
Whether people accept or reject authority often depends on:-
• their experience
• their prejudices
• what they have heard other people say
Having divided the class into groups, give each a different scenario
either orally or in written form. Appoint a director for some of
the groups, leaving the others without. Give them not more than
five minutes to prepare their scene for performance in front of
the class. While this is going on, note the acceptance or rejection
of the appointed directors and the way in which those with no previously
appointed director organise themselves.
suggested drama scenarios (next
page - 11)
Ask each group to perform what they have prepared.
After as many scenes have been performed as the time allows, draw
out from them what they learnt about authority from their particular
scene. There may be one or two groups who have not been able to
decide what to do in the given time of five minutes. The experience
of those groups for whom you appointed a director will be somewhat
different from the others. Were they more or less successful? Why?
Is there any alternative to one person being in authority in any
given situation? What is it?
What gives us/others the right to assume authority?