This resource is for drama, English and Media Studies students aged fifteen plus. Included are two main characters, two supporting roles and a Voice-Over. It is useful because it offers students the challenge of producing a period film set in 1910 that draws attention to history’s forgotten story; how the writer Arthur Ransome and publisher Martin Secker challenged the United Kingdom literary estabilshment by ensuring the disgraced writer Oscar Wilde was acknowledged as a genius in the face of a movement to suppress his work.
It is also useful in the way the text casts a light on the mainly white, homophobic and gender specific UK of just over a hundred years ago. Students can learn the phrases used then, and what our ancestors faced in relation to progress in regard to LGBTI matters.
A third way it is useful is how it relates to the upcoming summer Pride festival.
Learning objectives are:
- How language and behaviour has changed in one hundred years.
- To evaluate how far we have come as a nation in terms of progress.
- Discussion and introduction of Ransome’s forgotten masterpiece:
Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study
- Uncovering the world of 1910.
- Portrayal of poetry on film.
- Incorporating Voice-Over into film.
- Storyboarding for film.
The opportunities for differentiation with this resource are in the way it requires students with different skills to come together to produce one piece of work This piece of work addresses the technical, creative and academic, allowing students to be assessed according to their individual strengths and allows for on-going assessment.
It links to the AS drama curriculum, in its period focus and in the opportunity it offers students to direct and perform dramatic works, AS level English in that it offers text study and Media Studies in the opportunity it offers students to produce a film.
Tips On How to Use the Resource:
Identify the facts in the text and think how they can be used in performance.
Investigate the milieu and events surrounding the text and their significance.
As an exercise try male/female role swapping.
Encourage directors to ask questions.