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Respecting differences - Drama 1


The presenter sets scene: our story is about Wesley and his two friends Jed and Ben.

The story is told from the point of view of Wesley...

Scene 1.

Wesley tells us how he loves going to his local speedway track to see the 'Reds' with his friends, Jed and Ben. They're enthusiastic supporters but the Reds never seem to win.

The constant failure doesn't dampen Wesley's spirits though and when he tells Jed and Ben about a new 'youth team' initiative at the club the three friends determine to take part.

As Wesley waits for the first youth team meeting he dreams of being a speedway rider as he delivers pizzas on his bike. Then he tells us how after several weeks of training with the youth team the three boys are ready for their first race...

Scene 2.

The speedway circuit - the first race. The coach gives the friends a reminder on safety: 'don't do anything silly'. Wesley, Jed and Ben are going to race against each other but they are still waiting for the fourth rider to appear. Suddenly an imposing speedway bike takes up position in the last remaining lane, the rider wearing a silver helmet. The boys can't see who it is.

The race gets underway but it's an anticlimax for Wesley, Jed and Ben: they are easily beaten by the silver helmet. At the end of the race the boys are wondering who the mysterious rider is. The rider removes their helmet and Jed and Ben are horrified because they've been beaten by Zena - a girl!

Wesley is much more reasonable - she's the best rider, simple as that. But Jed and Ben are clearly incapable of accepting that they could have been beaten by a girl.

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  1. Respecting differences - Teacher's notes

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