Drama classes for kids…conflict and rebellion…what’s the link, I hear you say? George Orwell’s Animal Farm is showing this week at Richmond Theatre. The famous fable explores the concept of rebellion and the repercussions that follow- reflecting the politics of the time it was written. It got me thinking about the crucial role of conflict in drama and how we have covered countless rebellions in our shows at Dramacube.
Here are a few of the best from our drama classes for kids:
The Wizard of Oz:
Conflict drives the sub-plot of this play, triggered by Dorothy accidentally killing off the Wicked Witch of the East and being gifted the ruby slippers by Glinda. The Wicked Witch of the West becomes an enemy for life and then hounds Dorothy and her friends on their journey to Oz. Luckily the conflict is resolved by Dorothy accidentally throwing water at the Witch, who screams, “Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?” Our 7-11yr olds took this to the stage in 2019.
The Lion King:
Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, plots to steal the thrown from Mufasa and his young cub. A stampede of wildebeests does the job but Simba escapes and returns as an adult to take back what is rightfully his. Our 4-6yr old cubs are currently exploring The Lion King jungle every Saturday morning in Hampton Hill.
Love and greed breed conflict and rebellion in this marvellous musical. Mistreatment at the hands of Miss Hannigan drives Annie to escape and seek out her parents. In the meantime several other characters, including Warbucks, and Rooster and Lily, plan to use Annie for financial or political gain. Resolution comes when Warbucks and Annie realise that only love matters. At Dramacube we love this show so much that it’s a recurring feature in our line-up of previous shows.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:
The White Witch is the figure of conflict in Narnia as she enslaves and arrests Mr Tumnus for treason and dedicates all of her time and resources to capturing the Pevensie children. Luckily, Aslan is on hand to rescue the children and save Narnia from an eternal winter. Another firm favourite for Dramacube, we have taken this to the stage twice in the past.
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