drama activity: individual purpose (continued)
to the teacher
The following drama exercises illustrate the themes of motivation
and purpose in individual activity and group interaction which are
considered throughout this module. They can be used as needed to
complement the worksheets for topics two and five particularly.
1. motivation - related to topic two
The points which need to be drawn out as the following exercises
• How does the motivation of the person affect the way he/she
does the simple moves given?
• What difference is there when there are more people on stage?
What happens? Why?
• Which motives can be identified as positive/constructive
and which as destructive? Which are able to make others more at
ease or happier and which pull others down and make the atmosphere
Place a chair in the centre of the 'stage' area. Choose a confident
pupil to come up and give her/him directions to go from the left
of the 'stage' to sit on the chair centre. Then to get up and go
to an imaginary window on the right of the 'stage'.
Having done the moves as directed by you, whisper one of the motives
from a to him/her. The moves should then be repeated showing that
motivation. Other pupils could be asked to do the same moves with
different motivations from list a.
a) you are bored; you are curious; you are eager; you are excited;
you are worried; you are feeling lazy; you are determined.
b) you want to show you care; you are being patient; you are jealous;
you want to be helpful; you are feeling spiteful; you are being
selfish; you are angry.
From now on the pupils can be directed by each other as you demonstrated,
giving only two moves at a time. They may need motive suggestions
from you to start with but will soon be able to suggest their own.
When they understand what is expected you can involve more than
one person on stage at a time hut keeping one 'director' for each
group. At this point use the phrases from b as relationships are
bound to develop. Sometimes the people on stage can have the same
motives as each other and at other times different ones. Note with
the class what difference this makes.