Crime and punishment: The death penalty
This scheme uses the following stimuli to inspire devising work:
- Derek Bentley 1952
- Tookie Williams 2005
Britain in the 1950s
- Derek Bentley’s last letter
- Police statements
- Let Him Have It, film by Peter Medak
- Let Him Dangle by Elvis Costello.
Death Row in 21st-century America
- Tookie Williams’ factual details
- Redemption, film with Jamie Foxx
- The Mercy Seat by Nick Cave, sung by Johnny Cash
- Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio / Stevie Wonder.
- Use news story / crime case to explore issues of theatricality and crime and punishment and the use of the death penalty
- Confirm exploratory strategies such as hot-seating, role play, tableaux, split scene, marking the moment, thought tracking and forum theatre
- Explore dramatic elements: tension, forms, rhythm, pace and tempo, contrasts, characterisation, conventions and symbolism
- Use movement, voice, spoken language, space and music from the dramatic medium - Use of a variety of stimuli (factual articles, letters, music, lyrics, films and dramatic scenes) to generate dramatic exploration.
Number of lessons: 6