Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students learn how to interpret a blank script using Brechtian and non-naturalistic performance techniques. They add meaning to the blank script in reference to Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign by applying characters, movement and theatrical techniques.

It is highly recommended that students complete Coward Punch: Brecht And Non-naturalism – Drama – Years 9 & 10 prior to this lesson so they can build on their skills and knowledge.

Coward Punch logo​​The STOP the Coward Punch education package aims to spread awareness about the devastating effects of the coward punch on our community. ​​This education package was developed by a team of experts, including a youth worker, education specialist and specialist teachers and references the latest research and laws on coward punches.

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand the potentially endless possibilities provided by a blank script
  • Students will apply their knowledge of Brechtian and non-naturalistic theatre when interpreting a blank script
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the STOP the Coward Punch campaign by implementing techniques used in the campaign to their own performances.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative ThinkingEmpathyProblem SolvingSocial SkillsTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Drama:

  • Evaluate how the elements of drama, forms and performance styles in devised and scripted drama convey meaning and aesthetic effect (ACADRR052)
  • Improvise with the elements of drama and narrative structure to develop ideas, and explore subtext to shape devised and scripted drama (ACADRM047)
  • Structure drama to engage an audience through manipulation of dramatic action, forms and performance styles and by using design elements (ACADRM050)

Syllabus outcomes: DRAM5.1.3, DRAM5.1.4, DRAP5.2.3, DRAA5.3.1

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: 

Students analyse the elements of drama, forms and performance styles and evaluate meaning and aesthetic effect in drama they devise, interpret, perform and view. Students develop and sustain different roles and characters for given circumstances and intentions. They perform devised and scripted drama in different forms, styles and performance spaces. They collaborate with others to plan, direct, produce, rehearse and refine performances. They select and use the elements of drama, narrative and structure in directing and acting to engage audiences. They refine performance and expressive skills in voice and movement to convey dramatic action.

Topic: Social Issues

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: Arts – Years 7 to 10.

Time required: 70+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: A medium level of teacher scaffolding is required in this lesson. The teacher will facilitate class discussion, clarify understanding to do with the blank script exercise and observe groups interacting, encouraging their creativity.

Resources required:

  • Blank Script – one copy per student
  • Device with internet, audio and projection capabilities.

Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours

Keywords: Brecht, coward punch, non-naturalism, drama, improvisation, devised performance, social activism, blank script

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand the potentially endless possibilities provided by a blank script
  • ... apply their knowledge of Brechtian and non-naturalistic theatre when interpreting a blank script
  • ... demonstrate their understanding of the STOP the Coward Punch campaign by implementing techniques used in the campaign to their own performances.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... interpret a blank script applying characters, movement and theatrical techniques
  • … work productively in a group to create a social message for their peers.

Teacher content information:

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign
STOP the Coward Punch by Danny Green aims to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives in the process. Since 2000, over 172 Australians have been killed by a coward punch and many more were injured. The coward punch leaves a devastating ripple through society, mentally and physically scarring family, friends and surv

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Student Worksheet

Interpreting A Blank Script - Student Worksheet

Learning intentions: 

  • You will understand the potentially endless possibilities provided by a blank script
  • You will apply your knowledge of Brechtian and non-naturalistic theatre when interpreting a blank script
  • You will demonstrate your understanding of the STOP the Coward Punch campaign by implementing techniques used in the campaign to your own performances.

Success criteria: 

  • You can interpret a blank script applying characters, movement and theatrical techniques.
  • You can work productively in a group to create a social message for your peers.

Emotional Impact

Watch these two videos:

Step 2. Play these two videos:

BLINK OF AN EYE (https://youtu.be/k6QAYdaMvE8)

"Life Sentence" - Stop the Coward Punch (https://youtu.be/UoeSyFIgDT8)

The Blank Script

  1. You are to create a performance using this blank script as a basis for your work.
  2. You will need to assign four lines to each actor and confirm the order of
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