A14 Using role-plays and song

Participatory Techniques
  • Another helpful way to focus on key issues within the local area is to encourage people to prepare a role-play to express their concerns. As people discuss what subjects to use, they will often focus on important issues. However, they are also likely to share these in funny ways. Laughter has a way of taking the pressure out of a situation, helping people to discuss sensitive issues, sometimes for the first time. Again, encourage people to work in small groups.
  • Another group challenge, particularly if there are church or school choir members present, is to write a song about the local area. This could be descriptive, educational, challenging or funny. It is a good idea to use a tune that people are already familiar with.
  • When the role-plays or songs are ready, perform them at the end of community meetings. It may also be good to perform them in schools, churches or during meetings with local officials.

Discussion
  • Do we give enough importance to local skills in drama and music in our community? Who in our community has gifts in drama or music? Are we encouraging them to use their skills as much as possible?
  • How could we encourage these people to produce role-plays or perform songs on the issues we face?
  • Why do people usually enjoy watching role-plays? What response does drama or role-play bring?
  • Who will learn most: those preparing and performing the role-play, or those watching?
  • How do good role-plays encourage discussion, particularly of sensitive issues?
  • How could people improve their skills at role-play?
  • What kind of subjects could be covered by role-play or song?
  • What particular benefits do songs have?