TRICKING THE TIGER: PLAYS BASED ON ASIAN FOLK TALES
Tricking the Tiger: Plays Based on Asian Folk Tales (2002, Phoenix Education) for ages 10-14 years, ISBN 9 781876 580322. www.phoenixeduc.com
A ghostly trickster, winning a princess, the exploits of a thief, brothers sharing an inheritance, a seductive portrait... and more. These folk tales are from Papua New Guinea, Korea, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Japan and Indonesia.
The scripts include performance plays, suitable for the classroom or stage, readers' theatre and radio plays. The resource book includes background notes on the folk tales, practical ideas for drama in the classroom, a wide range of activities for enrichment and to encourage language development and creativity, and photocopiable worksheets for student s. Below are some examples of activities.
- 'The Clever Thief' (Korea)
Students may suggest parallels of hypocrisy in modern life - in government, religion and business. These examples may be developed into short skits for rolé play.
- 'Tricking the Tiger' (Pakistan)
Students could imagine and discuss:
- how the story evolved
- how both adults and children responded to hearing it
- People feeling threatened by danger have always created stories; for example:
* in the distant past, 'slaying the dragon' tales
* in the late 20th century, 'star wars' films
- In what ways do 'tall tale' stories like this benefit a community?
- 'Son and Ghost' (India)
In many countries, the strong distinction between the classes has been overcome by means of revolution and education, but it has not disappeared altogether.
Students could debate: 'There is no class system in Australia.'
- 'Winning the Princess' (Vietnam)
A group - perhaps working in pairs or threes - could create myth-like stories to explain some aspect of the weather in their own location. They may share these, either by telling or by creating cartoons.