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Dare to BE!

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
120+ min
Topics addressed: 
Communication
Social inclusion

The tool focuses on the individual as a unique entity in a bigger whole and uses theatre as a tool for development, making learning and expression easier and much fun! Participants will Dare to BE, and of course, they will laugh a lot!

Aim: 

1- To reflect on the uniqueness of individuals in a group, and on the input each one can have.
2- Thinking outside the box (out of the comfort zone) and boost creativity and improvisation
3- Appreciate different perspectives
4- Appreciate one’s self
5- To reflect on one’s attitude towards life: a journey or a competition?

Methodology: 

Theatre (Acting and script writing)
Individual work and group work
Experiential learning

Step by step process: 

1. Relaxation exercises: energy stimulator exercise then brain washing laughter exercise (10 min)
2. The facilitator tells the participants that they have a unique chance to be authors of a theatre play to be performed very soon. No specific topic, no specific message. It is all about to them. However, it should have a beginning, at least one character, a clear place, a plot (what does the character wants), and a resolution (an end). Any story is about someone wanting something so bad but can’t get it easily, so s/he faces some challenges, and at the end, s/he will or will not have what they want (drama or comedy). The trainer then reminds participants about the importance of having a rhythm: crescendo and decrescendo. The only problem is that they can’t actually write it. And here the facilitator describes the process: one participants will start with a sentence, that will set the beginning of the story. S/he will go up to the stage and start with the first sentence he has in mind. Then, and on a voluntarily bases, other participant comes up to the stage and continues the story. And it goes on as such until all participants are up on the stage, and until a clear story has been created. (overall 20 min between explanation and acting)
Twist: If the facilitator wants to make it even more challenging, s/he can do the following:
i. S/he asks the participants to write on a piece of paper any word that comes to the mind and put the paper in a box
ii. Same exercise but this time each person will draw out of the box one piece of paper, and s/he should include in his sentence the word that s/he will get.
iii. The facilitator reminds participants about the importance of having one clear story despite all these challenges! Creativity!
3. 1st debriefing: was it hard? Why? Why not? What did you feel about the flow of the events in the story? Were you able to come up with a meaningful script? Why? Why not? What was challenging? As a group what was your main objective? Main conclusions: at every point each one of you had the chance to make a change, take the story to another level, play with rhythm, having the end in mind (coming up with a story). (10 min)
4. The facilitator asks participants to write down their script as a group, keep the beginning and the end, but are free to change what they deem necessary in the plot and the crescendo and decrescendo, and agree on one last final version of their story. Then they share it. (10 min)
5. Now the facilitator divides them into 2 groups and asks each group to interpret and act the script in 3 min and without speaking. (15 min between preparation an acting).
6. 2nd debriefing: what were each group’s challenges? What was the hardest: coming out with a scene together as a group or the fact that the act should not include words? With what did you substituted words? (10 min)
7. Each group reflects together on the input of each of its members (who was doing what or who did what). No sharing is required. Then, each member reflects on the inputs s/he had, and what the group said, and based on this, come up with at least one of his talents or strengths, (his/ her fingerprint). No sharing is required. Participants are asked to draw something that symbolizes or represents what they came up with after reflection. (note: prior to the session, the facilitator should select a geometric shape, a circle, a hexagon, tetragon, etc. and cut into pieces- based on participants number. As a puzzle. And gives the pieces to participants to draw on them. But the facilitator doesn’t tell in this step that this is X shape). (group: 10 min. individual: 10 min)
8. Participants are asked to present their drawing and here the facilitator asks to bring together the pieces of the puzzle. (30 sec for each participant. 15 min)
9. 4th debriefing: what do you think? How do you feel? if you are unique, the other is unique as well, each in his way. When you allow to others what you allow to yourself, life will cease to be a competition and will be more of an adventure. When you allow your uniqueness and differences you allow others uniqueness and differences. (10 min)
10. At the end, the facilitator can tell s/he had written a letter to them and gives each an envelope having the ‘’documents related to the tool’’ as a letter. (optional but preferable).

Materials and resources: 

Papers- flipchart- pen- pencils- coloring materials

Outcomes: 

Participants will have sense of a greater group cohesion and singularity in the group. They will also boost their imagination and creativity, self and other’s appreciation.

Notes for further use: 

It is a flexible tool, you can adapt it the way you deem favorable for your group and your topic. What is really important when implementing it is to enjoy it and have fun with it!
As a handout document you can simply share the following with the participants (as mentioned in the step-by-step process):
• From the 266 days from your conception to your birth, one single fertilised call became a staggeringly complex organization of some 200 million cells.
• Your growth rate was such that if you had continued to grow from birth at the same rate, then you would be 75 feet tall and weigh several tons by the age of 16.
• Each cell as it divided exactly copied your unique genetic code, so that each cell would now be uniquely you.
• To view the code from just one cell would require watching 5 million frames of a TV.
• Each one of us has between 10 and 15 billion brain cells. If each cell were a person, then they would populate two planets the size of earth.
• Your heart began beating after about 21 days when you were only 3mm long.
• You could hear your mother’s voice after 16 weeks and also had your own unique fingerprints.

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