Feeling Sad Class Play

Feeling Sad Class Play
Feeling Sad Class Play
Feeling Sad Class Play
Feeling Sad Class Play
Feeling Sad Class Play
Feeling Sad Class Play
Feeling Sad Class Play
Feeling Sad Class Play
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Time to Talk Day - this Thursday February 4th (not sure if this is happening in the U.S. as well as UK?)
This is a joint initiative - run by MIND and Rethink - addressing the taboo around mental health as people still tend to feel uncomfortable talking about it.
My strong feelings on this subject prompted me to write a script over the weekend on 'Feeling Sad'. As this was written for primary schools, the language is of course simple as is the message - emphasizing that sadness is part of life, something we should all talk about and not feel embarrassed about.
I have included a ‘poem’ that I wrote – called ‘It’s OK’. I normally suggest poems I’ve come across in poetry books but I couldn’t find any on ‘sadness’ per se – plenty on reasons for sadness – but none on just sadness itself.
I will probably follow this script up with one for secondary schools/adults – available off www.plays-r-ussell.com sometime soon. Also currently available – whole section on PSHE material – anti-bullying, increasing self-esteem, feeling good about yourself, and the importance of working as a team.
Feeling Sad Class Play – FREE this week
Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down
Duration - around 10 minutes
Sample Text:
(Child 15, Molly, walks over to a chair, placed to the side; she sits with her head in her hands)
(Everyone goes quiet)
Clown: Hmm. She doesn’t look very happy.
Child 16: Oh that’s Molly. She’s been like that for a while.
Narrator: Really? Well, why didn’t someone tell me?
Child 17: We’ve all tried being nice to her
Child 18: We’ve asked her what’s wrong
Child 19: But she just tells us to go away.
Child 20: Nobody can say we haven’t tried.
Narrator: So why didn’t you come and tell me?
Child 21: We thought you’d be cross.
Child 22: We thought you’d think we’d been mean to her.
Child 23: We were all worried about getting the blame.
Narrator: So, you thought it was better (pauses) just to leave her?
Child 24: Well, that seems to be what she wants.
Narrator: Hmm! We’ll see about that.
(Narrator walks quietly over to Molly and taps her on her shoulder)
Narrator: Molly? Are you OK?
Molly: (Looking up) Oh, sorry. You startled me. Yes, I’m fine, thank you.
Narrator: Don’t you want to come and join your friends?
Molly: No, thank you. If it’s all right with you, I’d rather be by myself.
Narrator: Oh I understand. But if you change your mind, you know where I am.
(Narrator walks back to a seat at the opposite side, and sits down quietly)
Narrator: (To cast) Now. It’s very important I have no interruptions. Do you understand?
(Whole cast nods)
(Molly slowly raises from her seat, bringing it with her to sit opposite Narrator)
Molly: I just wanted to apologise. I wasn’t meaning to be rude. I know everyone means well. But I just can’t be with people at the moment. I just want to be alone.
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