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SCRIPTWRITING AND PERFORMANCE (AGES 12–14)

MEET SOME OF LONDON’S MOST INFAMOUS CHARACTERS…

Pupils will be invited to think about the historical context of the dungeon and how to bring a scene to life through scriptwriting and performance techniques, stretching their English and drama skills, all in the dark and mysterious and utterly HORRIBLE setting of the London Dungeon itself!

A HORRIBLE CAST OF CHARACTERS…

  • To make inferences about characters based on biographical facts and historical context
  • To write and act in-role as a given character, conveying that character’s thoughts, feelings and motivations

FRIGHTENING SCENES AND SHOWDOWNS...

  • To identify some of the features of the horror genre
  • To carry out interview role-plays using the conventions of the horror genre
  • To write dialogue for the interview, including stage directions for actors

STORIES FROM INSIDE THE DUNGEON...

  • To recap the different features of a good script
  • To use different story starters to prompt creative ideas for a script
  • To write and perform a script, including stage directions
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THEMED LESSONS

18th Century courts were very different to courts today. The victim of the crime was usually the person who brought the case to court and presented the evidence. Delve in deeper and deduce what life was like with an 18th Century judicial system through re-enactment role play - debate, challenge and deliver the sentence.

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Using the pupil worksheets, students will learn about the causes and the short term/long term effects of the plague including medieval beliefs towards medicine and health. Time for your pupils to reflect and write a diary as if there are a goldsmith living in London during the plague of 1348.

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It’s the 2nd September 1666 and the sparks from Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane have set the packed timber houses of London alight and the city has become a raging inferno. To ensure your class escapes they will need to work together as a team to piece together suspected causes and effects of this life changing event.

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Torture has been used for over 2000 years and most of the world’s civilizations have used torture as a way of punishing their victims or to find out information. Many of the instruments of torture you will see in the Dungeons have been around for hundreds of years. These work sheets will help students appreciate how and why they were used and their effects within the context of history.

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