School Drama

School Drama

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  • It's an old tradition that's passed down. It makes a girl a woman. 
  • FGM
  • Let's watch this video. 
  •     You're having the procedure tomorrow!
  • I don't care! I've waited long enough!
  • But I don't want...
  • In the first scene, we see Sarah at work and she introduces the case to the audience as if she was reviewing it herself. Then we show the family scene and introduce the flower we are using to symbolise the dignity and innocence of Amina to the audience. We then show a scene where Husna is pressured by her family through a phone call to have FGM. After showing time go by as if it was fast forwarding, Husna and Clare come home and she lets slip details about the procedure.
  • This is really bad...
  • No, no, NO. There had been nothing like FGM happening in this house. 
  • Clare goes home and researches FGM when she realises that the tradition Husna was referring to is FGM. She plays and reacts to a video (that will be acted out on stage at the same time) and then calls Sarah, a police investigator, to inform her what is happening. 
  • What makes you think Miss Khan was referring to FGM?
  • She was talking about a cultural procedure that makes a girl a woman and about how it would be painful.
  • The next scene shows the family having dinner and then the topic of FGM being brought up by the mother. The grandmother quickly disagrees with it, regretting it herself, but Husna is bent on the idea. The next scene is Husna telling Amina she's having the procedure and we all act it out, dropping flowers, identical to the one Amina recived, to symbolise our loss of innocence. 
  • Husna picks up the dropped flowers as she is cleaning up and begins to regret her decision, confused about how she could've put her daughter in such pain. In the next scene, Sarah comes to the house to ask about what she heard from Clare. Husna denies everything, but then Sarah invites Husna and her family to the police station as protocol.   
  • The next scenes show the police interviews happening. All of them are happening on stage at the same time and Sarah is asking everyone questions individually and they answer them as if they were on their own. Husna denies everything before breaking and talking about the pressure she was under. The grandmother and Amina are honest and Zainab is confused but tells Sarah key things that present Husna as guilty.  
  • The next scene is Sarah at a counselling session and she talks about how this case is reminding her of herself when she had an acid attack and this is the first time it is revealed to the audience. We then show the court scene of Amina's case and how the mother is guilty and given 14 years in prison. Our last scene is us picking up some flowers of the floor and reading facts off them about FGM. We then recite a quote from Katie Piper in unison to finish. 
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