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Monday, 8 April 2013

Graffiting


PLAY OUTLINE

Title: GRAFFITING

Recommended age group: Level 4.

Characters:

Students who paint a graffiti at the school entrance.
Head of Studies, who wants to tell the students how bad it is to paint graffiti.
Policeman, who wants to tell the students how dangerous Social networks are.
Student A, who is chatting with student B in class, hiding his/her mobile phone.
Student B, who is chatting with student A in class, hiding his/her mobile phone.
History teacher, who wants to tell the students the origins of Art in prehistoric times.
Prehistoric (wo)man A, who is painting the cave.
Prehistoric (wo)man B, who is admiring the paintings and sculptures.
Prehistoric man C, who is making a sculpture of a naked Venus.

Synopsis:
Some students paint a graffiti at school. They laugh at the Head of Studies, who is angry at them. They laugh at the police, because they say social networks can be dangerous if they aren't properly used. They laugh at their History teacher, because they compare Prehistoric Art to graffiti and social networks. In the end, the students who painted the graffiti are found by the police because of the pictures they published on the Internet.

Scene breakdown:

Scene 1:
Characters: Students.
Place: School door.
Nobody speaks. Some students guard while the others paint a graffiti on the school wall. When they finish, they take a picture of the graffiti with their mobiles, and upload it to a social network.
Scene 2:
Characters: Head of Studies, students.
Place: Classroom.
The Head of Studies is telling the students how horrible it is to paint graffiti. He/she asks them things like “Do you do this at home?” “What would your family say if you painted your home like this?” Students A and B comment on how old-fashioned the Head of Studies is because of what he/she is saying.
Scene 3:
Characters: Policeman, students.
Place: Classroom.
The policeman tells the students about some of the dangers of social networks. He/she asks them things like “Do you think everything is legal in the internet?” “Do you think it fun to publish any picture of a friend without his/her consent?” Students A and B laugh while they use their mobile phones without being noticed.
Scene 4:
Characters: History teacher, students.
Place: Classroom.
The History teacher introduces a film about prehistoric Art.
Scene 5:
Characters: Prehistoric men, students.
Place: A prehistoric cave, with lots of paintings everywhere, including many hands painted on the wall.
Prehistoric man A is painting the cave. While the teacher isn't looking, a student pretends to be prehistoric man B, pretends to wet his hand in paint and places it on the wall while he says “I like this”, in a Facebook fashion, in the very place where there is a hand painted on the cave wall. All students laugh. Prehistoric man C shows his Venus sculpture, saying “This is what my girl looks like!”. Other students say “I like this” in a Facebook fashion, showing their hands. Film finishes.
Scene 6:
Characters: All.
Place: Class.
Teacher asks “Any questions?” Students complain that they are being told not to paint walls and not to publish naked images of people while now they are told that it was already done in Prehistory. They don't understand what's wrong with that. They say they have a right to do it because they are human and they are following a tradition. Teacher answers things like “How about evolution?” Suddenly, the Head of Studies appears with the policeman, who points at the students who painted the graffiti and thanks the student who uploaded the picture, because that is how the police knows who are to blame. The Head of Studies says “Well, we don't know the identity of the people who painted the caves, but we know yours! Let's see if you parents say 'I like this' too!” The play ends with the History teacher saying to the audience: “As Pablo Picasso said, 'after Altamira, all is decadence'”.


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