G. Your class has to stage a Puppet Show in the Assembly Open Forum on the topic ‘Child Labour’. Divide yourselves into groups and discuss the requirements for the presentation like storyline, characters, dialogues, choice of puppets and music for the interlude. Now complete the dialogues given below.
Ramesh: Let us present a Puppet Show on CHILD LABOUR for our Assembly Open Forum.
Mohammed: That is a very good idea! Let us start planning right away.
Geetha: What shall we do first?
Leema: I suggest we begin with the storyline first.
Mani: How many characters can we have?
Ramesh: We can have around five characters.
Mohammed: What can we focus on as the major reason for child labour?
Meena: We can focus on the problems of poverty and illiteracy as the major reasons for child labour.
Ramesh: Can any one make stick puppets?
Leema: I am good at making stick puppets. I will make them myself. But I require some help.
Mani: I will help you. Tell me, what I have to do.
Leema: Thank you, Mani. Let us stay back after the meeting and discuss.
Ramesh: Have we anything to do for the interlude?
Meena: I think we should have some music for the interlude.
Geetha: That would make it really interesting. I will get my music group to start working on the tunes for our puppet show.
H. Now you are ready to start writing your script for Bommalattam on ‘Child Labour’.
Guidelines for script writing
* Write a brief description of the play in a story map format. (storyline, conflict/ problem, resolution, moral, puppet characters, backdrop and setting, properties)
* Write a rough draft of the puppet play script (sound effects, timings/pauses, what the characters may be doing when not talking, direction for props etc.)
* Edit and revise your rough draft. Make sure that the story is lucidly conveyed and feels like natural conversation to the listeners.
* When your puppet play is ready, pick puppets of your choice and start practising.