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Programme 4: Dramatic Changes, 9th October

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Leon McAuley explores the different forms of presenting a story focusing on prose and drama. Click to Print PDF Worksheets
  • Liz Weir, the well-known storyteller, tells her story, 'Master of all Masters'. A young girl, Jinny, is hired out at a hiring fair to a grumpy old master who proceeds to make her life a misery by trying to make the girl learn his nonsense names for ordinary things.
  • Leon draws attention to the difference between hearing a story and reading a story.
  • 'Master of all Masters' is dramatised and performed. The pupils must listen carefully and decide what differences are noticeable and which version they prefer. By repeating the start of the story in both forms the difference between prose and drama is highlighted again.
  • The pupils are encouraged at the end of the broadcast to think of some well-known stories and to try to adapt them as dramas.
Key Words:

prose; drama; hiring fair; storyteller.

Source Material:

Prose: Master of all Masters by Liz Weir from Boom-Chicka-Boom Pub. O'Brien.

Before The Programme:
  • Discuss with the class the concept of turning a story into a play, film, cartoon, comic.
  • Can they think of any examples?
  • Explore the vocabulary of drama: script, character, scene, actor, playwright, radio drama, producer, soap opera, etc.
  • Explain the hiring fair system.
After The Programme:
  • Class discussion on the two methods of presentation. Which did they prefer? What was gained or lost by the two treatments?
  • Explore pupils' own experience of live drama; school plays, concerts, pantomime, street theatre, puppetry, musicals, visit to school by touring theatre groups.
  • Examine other drama forms with which they are familiar, video, film, TV and radio plays, DVDs.
  • Compare live shows with other types of presentation.
  • Try to let pupils examine play scripts to understand the rudiments of written dialogue and stage directions.
  • Follow up Leon McAuley's suggestion in the programme on having each of the Seven Dwarves speaking in character.
  • Take any nursery rhyme and put it into prose and then drama form. Print the finished scripts from the computer.
  • Copy and encourage pairs or small groups to improvise and if they wish perform their version for others.
  • Some pupils may be able to continue this into script form. Simple props and costumes could be added and the product recorded on tape or video or performed for an audience.
  • Design posters, tickets and programmes on computers to add a more professional look to the production.
  • Worksheet 10: Write the Little Miss Muffet rhyme in dramatic form.
  • Worksheet 11: Search for prose and drama titles.

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