Reading and Acting
the play: Notes from the book
You can read Striker silently, like
any story in a book. You can imagine the court, the
football game, the people’s clothes and their
voices from the words on the page. You can listen to
the cassette, and you can listen and read, or listen
only. You can read it first, then listen to it later.
But Striker is a play. You can read the play in a group
with other people. This is very different from silent
reading. You can speak the words and make the people
become alive. They can sound happy, sad or angry. You
can add silence and important noises. You can stop and
discuss the play. What does this person mean? Why does
he say that?
You can have more fun if you act the play. You can put
chairs and tables in places, and you can make a courtroom.
Look at the picture in the book.
People always stand up when they speak in a court. The
judge always sits. People look at other people, the
judge, the jury and the lawyers. Lawyers hold papers.
People put their hands up when they promise. You can
use your hands and your face. You can smile. You can
look sad or serious or worried or angry. The spectators
can make noises. They can say ‘Oooh!’ and
‘Aaah!’ You can practise a play, and you
can act the same page several times. There are more
Penguin Readers Plays. Perhaps you can read the play
in front of another group. Perhaps they can read a different
play in front of your group.
You can read Striker or you can act Striker, but have
fun and enjoy it!
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