IMPACT Activity 2: Behind the scenes – what do people do and why?
Exploring motivations for Bible drama and the different kind of creative processes involved
Encourage pupils to investigate the motivations and creative processes behind the production using different examples of source material. For each of the people, ask pupils to:
- identify the key points from the account which help to explain why they started being involved
- consider how the choice to be involved in the play serve as an example of a believer following Jesus’s teaching and commandments to share the Good news and to love your neighbour?
- explore the impact this one person’s act of obedience to a sense of God’s call to write, direct, produce or act in the production, has on all those around them, including the audience.
IMPACT Activity 2a: The script writer
WATCH…the Wintershall Vision video below to hear the producer, director and actors talking about the production and its impact.
Pupils make notes while watching the video about the motivations of the people speaking about why they are involved. Share these notes and consider how their explanations help to answer the enquiry.
READ… an excerpt from ‘Our story’, where Peter and Ann Hutley explain how they started the outdoor productions.
IMPACT Activity 2b: The Directors and Producer
READ… interviews with the directors and producer describing why they are involved in biblical drama
IMPACT Activity 2c: The Actors
LISTEN to the professional actor who plays Jesus describing why they specialised in Biblical drama
Encourage pupils to listen carefully to hear how the actor describes his understanding of the person of Jesus, his life and impact gained from specialising in biblical drama, as well as his personal reflections on how it has impacted his own life.
WATCH actor interview clips with Wintershall cast members describe the impact of acting in particular scenes. For further ideas on the impact of biblical drama on everyday life, see ‘Virtues Enquiry through Drama’ resource referenced in DIGGING DEEPER
IMPACT Activity 2d: Explore More…
LOOK …at the gallery of photographs from behind the scenes of the Wintershall productions. Roles include:
- Volunteer actors
- Lighting engineers
- Stage managers
- Costume designers and makers
- Make up
- Prop makers
- Production Team
Discuss how many different roles and skills are needed to create a performance like Wintershall’s ‘The Life of Christ.’