play script offered here has been produced with teenaged performers
after very considerable workshopping
of the play scripts presented here has been produced by either a
school or community theatre group and performed by students aged
between fourteen and eighteen years of age.
production involved extensive workshopping, skills development,
research and linking with other subject areas such as History,
Literature, Sociology, Media, Dance, Music, Religious Education and Philosophy.
production incorporated participation from teachers and/or
professionals from across curriculum areas and from parents.
production drew on a wide cross-section of the public for audiences.
While the subject matter for each production was well within the
ambit of interest and suitability for the participant age range,
these works should only be directed and facilitated by experienced
Drama teachers or Directors trained and experienced in working with
participants should spend time workshopping their own emotional,
intellectual and physical responses to the subject matter of the play.
appropriate, culturally specific references should be adapted to meet
the needs and experiences of the group presenting the works.
works contain issues of violence, children in war, drugs,
spirituality, the supernatural, betrayal of trust and related issues.
plays are for students and teachers wishing to explore dramatic
possibilities within meaningful and challenging social and cultural
contexts. This involves much more than simply putting on productions
to involve willing participants in a social experience.
know that such work is difficult to find when considering the age and
experience of the participants. Each of these plays offer challenges
to the more talented and skilled performers while leaving scope for
the less skilled though highly motivated students.
though not all, roles are for characters within the age range of the
students. These plays have a direct language that goes to the heart
of contemporary experience while still having an expressionist
quality giving access to the imagination.
have been performed for audiences and proved successful. Yet they
still offer room for exploration of issues with teacher/director and