What’s the aim of the game?
- To encourage the group to be explore their drama skills.
- To help young people understand an issue by acting it out.
- To encourage the group to think about things they might like to campaign about.
What equipment do we need?
How do we play it?
1. Explain to the group that they are going to act out a scenario in which a shopkeeper completely ignores a young disabled person and speaks to their carer instead of them. Use a storyboard to plan.
2. The group are also going to act out how they would react to this scenario which might be:
A) Shout “Oi! I’m here stupid!” at the shopkeeper.
B) Organise an awareness raising day the local shopping centre, giving out leaflets designed by the Ambassador Club on how to treat young disabled shoppers.
C) Politely but firmly point out to the shopkeeper that you’d be more than happy to answer any questions she has.
D) Accept it.
3. Give the group some rehearsal time and then ask them to perform the drama sketch.
4. After the performance, encourage the group to discuss what happened in the sketch.
For example: how would they react in that situation? What is the long term and short term solution to the issue they acted out? Is it something they have experienced? Would they like to campaign about it?
How much time will it take?
This activity should last about an hour at the minimum.
How can the activity be adapted and extended?
- This activity can be used to start a discussion about what the group would like to campaign on.
- The group can be divided into two. One half act out the scenario and the other half act the response to the scenario.
What roles can staff and volunteers play?
Above all else be enthusiastic, encourage everyone to take part and make sure
everyone’s voice is listened to.
If needed, HCAs, staff and volunteer can help the young people to communicate their ideas, help the young people to move around the room and generally support young people to
actively take part.