Drama KS3 / KS4: Writing lyrics for a musical theatre production

We see Rebecca Applin, a musical theatre composer, explaining how the lyrics for the musical I Know Me were created with the young people who performed in it.

We see her leading a workshop with a group of school children.

Together, they create lyric lines for the middle section of the song So Angry, after talking about the things that personally make them feel angry.

Students are encouraged to sing the musical phrase they’re creating the lyrics for, and share the things that make them feel angry.

On-screen captions show how series of words are broken into syllables to fit the notes of the phrase from the song. Students are encouraged to fit their lyric ideas to a backing track of So Angry.

This clip is from the series Make a Musical.

Teacher Notes

This workshop encourages pupils to be able to make the musical their own by substituting some of the lyrics for ones they have created themselves.

The workshop is intended to encourage class discussion about anger, one of the emotions addressed in the musical.

The process could be repeated for some of the other songs, such as The Bullying Song and Scary Tonight.

The musical I Know Me was devised and written to provide young people with learning difficulties, and their teachers, an accessible but musically challenging production to stage as a school musical.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Drama at KS3, KS4/GCSE in England and Northern Ireland.

Also Drama at KS4 and GCSE in Wales and 2nd Level, 3rd Level and National 4 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA in Scotland.

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