Marine plastic pollution drama brings environmental awareness to students
Samuel Craig , Simone Louw
One might not think of the relationship between ocean pollution and drama, but in our school the two were bridged together. Our P1 drama teachers integrated the creative dramatic process and environmental education as a means of exposing students to the issue of marine plastic pollution.
The pandemic added complexity this year: how to learn drama without the ability to interact within the same physical space?
In an attempt to figure out what would best suit the class, our drama teachers explored different modes of engagement and delivery. Each class chose a story that represented their class value. Each student took on the role of a character. They filmed their own monologues and their prop and costume making process. Individual videos were then sent to and weaved into an edited short film by their drama teachers.
The value of drama comes from making sense of our realities, dreams, hopes, fears, and personal experiences through simulated stories. Students were encouraged to share their reflections on local and global environmental issues and suggest ways to protect the environment in their daily life. Through their story based on “respect”, this class hopes to bring more awareness of plastic pollution and share the message – ‘We can make a difference!’.
The following creation was based on “Somebody Swallowed Stanley” by Sarah Roberts. Enjoy!
25 January 2021