Choose one fairytale and re-tell the tale using little or no dialogue.
This lesson plan is suitable for grade 7 and onwards, and could easily fit into a unit on physical theatre and/or mime.
Introduction / objectives
Can we really communicate without any words?
This lessons seeks to explore just that.
To be able to demonstrate thoughts and feeling through nonverbal communication.
To be able to perform a well-known fairy tale without dialogue.
Pete Piper tongue twister – (with a twist)
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
1. Ask students to repeat the tongue twister after you.
2. Make sure it is in unison.
3. Consider articulation.
4. Consider projection.
5. Replace the word “Peter” with a clap.
6. Replace “Piper” with a finger click.
7. Replace “pickled” with a jump.
8. Replace “peppers” with a 360 degree turn.
Bodies as objects (physical theatre)
Work together in groups to create the following objects:
The letter T
A pirate ship
Create the following objects using sound and movement:
A washing machine
A food blender
A door that opens and closed
Task one: (in pairs)
Teenager and parent improvisation
Students label themselves either the parent or the teenager.