Fairy Tale Interview
Attribution: Alastair Forbes/Jessi Linn Davies, Bad Dog Theatre Company
Each performer is a character from the same well-known fable (4 to 7 players on stage at a time). Characters chosen should be secondary to the action (i.e. not Cinderella, but one of the mice; not Little Red but the woodcutter’s daughter; not Prince Charming but his tailor, etc.).
Set up a talk show on stage by selecting (or acting as) the host.
Ask questions to each character letting them respond in turn.
Take questions from the audience. Have audience members ask questions in character.
Use a novel or historical/social context that your class is studying instead of a fairy tale.
This activity is best when:
Characters have relationships with other characters, they support the same overall story, they have distinct viewpoints of the action of the story
Questions allow characters to display their opinion, viewpoint, and/or feelings rather than facts. (“What do you think about…?” “How did it feel when….?”)
: Allow characters to have conversations with each other inside the interview setting.