SaturPLAY

On Saturdays from now on we’ll be publishing the script of a play made by Palestinian children as well as some activities that could be done with the script with learners of English. If you do try any of these out with a group of learners in Palestine, we’d really appreciate your feedback. How challenging/useful were the activities for your students?Remember too that you could buy the whole book which includes these scripts and many others here.

 

Saturplay 6 – Lemon and Mint

This is a play about two families (a family of lemon farmers and a family of mint farmers) who meet and create a brand new drink – lemon and mint. It’s also a play about how as humans we can all benefit when different cultures meet and work together.

With schools being closed all round the world right now and many families under lockdown at home because of Covid-19 it might seem like there aren’t many opportunities to meet other cultures. But we’d like to suggest that this could be a great opportunity for your family to practise and perform this play through Zoom as remote theatre, with another family somewhere in the world.

Lemon and mint -script

Check out the version below performed live through zoom collaboratively by a group of Syrian children in Zaatari refugee camp and a group of Palestinian children in an UNRWA school in Gaza city. Please let us know if you’d like us to find you another family somewhere to perform with.

 

Saturplay 5

This play was written to reflect the reality of life in Gaza; what it’s like for a million children to live with the consequences of 13 years of Israel’s blockade and systematic infringements and abuses of their rights. Of course, as much of the world struggles to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic that is happening right now, with schools closed and restrictions on movement put on children in many places, wherever you are in the world I’m sure you will find something you can relate to in this hauntingly powerful play.

‘I will wait until they open the gate’ script

‘I will wait until they open the gate’ was created and performed by Sara, Afaf, Abeer, Reema and Saja from Beach Elem Co-ed School (C), Gaza with support from their teacher, Luzan Matar. A recording of the play, performed by the actors is available here …

Saturplay 4

This week’s play is all about taking responsibility for our own happiness and focuses on the story of Cinderella and on the brilliant play, ‘It’s your choice’.

You can download the activities and script here…

‘It’s your choice’ activities and script

‘It’s Your Choice’ was created and performed by Malak Radi, Yasmine Jouda, Noor Hijazi, Malak Abu Safi and Lama AbuOuda from Beach Prep Girls’ School ‘C’, Gaza with support from their teacher Abeer Younis. A recording of the play, performed by the actors is available here..

Saturplay 3

This week’s play focuses on the use (and misuse) of social media. The accompanying activities (all about rhyming) were designed by Haneen Jadalla, the teacher in an UNRWA school in Gaza whose students originally performed the play.

You can download the activities and script here…

‘The shadow girl’ activities and script

‘The Shadow girl’ was created and performed by Nagham Abu Al-Oun, Haya Orouq, Nada Hijazi,  Sarah Abu Hwidi and Abeer Al -Khatib from Asma Prep B Girls UNRWA school with support from their teacher Haneen Jadalla. A recording of the play, performed by the actors is available below.

Saturplay 2

This week’s play focuses on the theme of refugees – a topic which is relevant to pretty much everyone in the world. As I was preparing this material I noticed Jeremy Harmer’s new song on the same theme, ‘When we sing together’, which can be seen here 

You can download the activities and script here…

‘One world different stories’ activities and script

One world, different stories‘ was created and performed by Deema Aljamal, Hala Hijazi, Iman Ridwan, Hala Nabaheen and Aseel El Khateeb from Rimal Prep Girls B, UNRWA school, with support from their teacher, Amal Mukhairez. A recording of the play, performed by the actors is available below, but again I’d suggest that you do the activities before letting students watch the recording.

 

Saturplay 1

So to start us off, here’s a play with a strong environmental theme. It’s the play that gave its name to our recently published book. You can download the material here…

‘Welcome to earth’ activities and script

‘Welcome to Earth’ was created and performed by Mahmoud Kafafi, Rida Amouri, Ahmed Afghani, Abdul-Rahman Madi, Ahmed Abboush from Askar Boys UNRWA school, Nablus, Palestine with the support of their teacher Ghada Hamdan. A recording of the play, performed by the actors is available below, but I suggest that with this one you do the activities before letting students watch the recording.