Immortal: A One Act Play
For AQA GCSE Assessment Options 1, 2 or 4
This script explores friendship, drug addiction, peer pressure, responsibilities and conflict. A variety of techniques and exercises develops students’ practical and performance skills. The teaching notes offer specific guidance for research and improvisations.
Emma begins a dangerous relationship with Micky, a drug dealer. Her best friend Jane is desperate to turn her away from him and the world of drugs. The play is told in a series of flashbacks, choral work and testimonies from people who suspected what was going on but did not act. Who is to blame for Emma’s decline?
What do teachers say about this resource? (3230)
I liked the play and the teaching pack was good. It is a self contained resource that is not prescriptive; it points teachers towards a quality outcome. The links to the drugs websites were good. It is really important to have follow up material for young people when the stimulus has provoked questions. It is a really good resource on many levels
I think it will appeal to students. There are a number of issues which they will find easy to relate to and identify with. In particular, I think the relationship between Jane and Emma provides a lot of opportunity to work off text. I think it gives a great deal of opportunity for KS4 Drama students to explore issues and use a range of drama strategies although the resource could offer more pointed opportunities, particularly for forum theatre activities, to support less experienced teachers.
I liked its authenticity [and] the opportunities it gives to students to research the theme. It introduces a taboo subject in a dramatic, non-moralistic way... Provides excellent starting material for an examination group
I thought that it was a well rounded project and very flexible for use either within the drama classroom or as a PSHE/Theatre In Education piece... I like the flexibility, the emphasis on mood and atmosphere, the helpful suggestions for technical students... It provides stylised opportunities for performance and technical production skills
I like the mix of flashback, monologue, direct address etc. I also think that there's a variety of language use, including some choral work, which will keep the ear interested in performance