8th January 2013
I’m introducing playwriting to the 6th Class in Dalkey Project School this term. In this session we meet and introduce ourselves and then we talk about The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, the book the class is currently reading with teacher Maura D’Arcy.
We discuss the setting and some of the things that happen (the action), and then we focus in on the characters and who they are. The children are astute at finding words to describe the characters and even though I haven’t read the book I begin to get a clear picture of what the boy and his family are like. Based on this information I ask the children to write a scene between two of the characters that is suggested but doesn’t actually exist in the book.
I am really impressed with what the children write straight off the bat. They jump right in and really think about the dramatic challenges the subject matter provides, such as, how does a passive, polite person assert herself? Can a bossy person be persuasive and charming?
(I’ll try and include some of the material if the children are happy with that.)