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 which is: a bus driver refuses to allow a young wheelchair user on the bus because they said that there was already a pushchair on the vehicle and there was no room. 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) Make a note of the time, which stop you’re at, the bus company and if possible the bus registration, and make a complaint.
B) Angrily shout at the next bus driver who arrives at the bus stop, who does let you on his bus.
C) Accept it.
D) Tell other Ambassadors at your club about it and write a group letter to the bus operator offering disability awareness training for drivers.
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.