Exploration of plays – Lesson 2

Preparation for a performance of a Scripted Extract.

Last time we explored Edna Walsh’s Chatroom this week, we will look at Girls Like That by Evan Placey and Blackout by Davey Anderson.

Girls Like That

An urgent and explosive new play that explores of the pressures on young people today in the wake of advancing technology.

When a naked photograph of Scarlett goes viral, she becomes the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. But while rumors run wild and everyone forms an opinion, Scarlett just stays silent.

With roles for up to twenty-four young female actors (though it can also be performed by a smaller cast), the play is perfect for any schools, youth theatres or drama groups looking to tackle a contemporary subject in a theatrically exciting way.

Specially commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Girls Like That was developed through work with young people from the three theatres and first performed by their youth theatre companies in 2013.

“[Tackles] strong, relevant issues… a well-written, immaculately crafted and brave piece of energetic theatre.” – A Younger Theatre

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Blackout

Inspired by the true stories of a young offender from Glasgow, a 15-year-old who had committed a violent crime, this short play was part of the National Theatre’s ‘New Connections’ programme which commissions plays about and for young people and was presented to critical acclaim at the Royal National Theatre.

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Now that you have read the summaries for both plays you will either explore Girls Like That (female cast) or Blackout (male cast).

After reading one of these plays you will need to write your thoughts, feeling and opinions using the following questions:

  1. What is the play about?
  2. Who are the main charaters? What are their names? Age? What are their Personalities like? What is their role within the play? What do they want to achieve?
  3. What do you think of this play? Do you like it? What do you like about it? If not, why?
  4. If you were to perform this play as part of your final scripted performance, who would you play and why?
  5. What advice would you give yourself when performing this role? Think about the physical and vocal skills you would use? What is the impact of these for your audience i.e. what will this tell them?

Remember to write in FULL sentences including as much detail as possible; this well help remind you about the play when you come to decide with your teacher on the most suitable play to perform as part of your final assessment/performance.

Further Research:

Watch the following performance to see how you could present Girls Like That.

Watch the following performance to see how you could present Blackout.

Next Time…

We will be exploring either Bouncers or Shakers by John Godber.