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The Power of Persuasion

Nyla Levy as Yasmin in Does My Bomb Look Big In This?
Playwright Nyla Levy as Yasmin in Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

The Power of Persuasion is a package of PHSE resources for secondary schools which uses the world and characters from Tamasha’s hit 2019 production Does My Bomb Look Big In This? by Nyla Levy to explore the subject of internet safety.

Four 90-minute workshops will guide students through a series of practical drama exercises, presented as audio files by actors in role. Each workshop focuses on a different type of grooming, and seeks to highlight the persuasive tactics being used, in order to help participants recognise and resist these, should they ever come across them in real life.

The workshops can be used as a Year 9 Scheme of Learning in Drama. Likewise, student writing and scenarios created could also provide a stimulus for assessed devised performance in GCSE or A-level Drama.

The Power of Persuasion is made up of six parts:

  1. Full production - Audio recording of the full production of Does My Bomb Look Big In This? (100 mins - also available in two halves for splitting across sessions). A listening sheet with comprehension questions is included as part of the pack for Workshop 1.
  2. Workshop 1 - Yasmin’s story - 3 x 5-min ‘in character’ audio clips and a printable paper timeline exploring turning points in the play, where Yasmin’s friends could have intervened to stop the eventual outcome - Yasmin absconding to Syria. (Intended to be used in one 90-min workshop)
  3. Workshop 2.1 - Aisha’s story (part 1) - 2 x 3-min ‘in character’ audio clips and some mocked up printable chat transcripts introducing a new storyline about online grooming for sexual exploitation. (Intended to be used in one 90-min workshop, as part 1 of 2).
  4. Workshop 2.2 - Aisha’s story (part 2) - 3 x 3-min ‘in character’ audio clips and drama exercises telling the second half of Aisha’s story, and how things turned out. (Intended to be used in one 90-min workshop, as part 2 of 2).
  5. Workshop 3 - Morgan’s story - 5 x 3-min ‘in character’ audio clips and some mocked up printable chat transcripts introducing a new storyline about online grooming by a criminal gang for fraud purposes. (Intended to be used in one 90-min workshop).
  6. Lesson plans to use all of the above, plus a package of PowerPoints and printable handouts for use within each workshop. Further reading and links to internet safety organisations are included at the end of the session plans, and can be shared with the class if desired. Also included are two informative research briefings written by our consultants, intended for staff or older students only.

Visit the Tamasha website to learn more about the project.