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* The character Gongo and the planet Googon are the copyrighted property of Engross Theatre Group.

Gongo Learns The Rules!

Directors: Yvonne Rose-Moore & Robert Camron-Moore

Gongo greets Ben
Cast:
Ben.........Ian ‘Sheepie’ Smith
Gongo............Fraser MacRae


Synopsis

Young Ben loves everything Sci-Fi, like Star Wars and Star Trek, but his biggest dream of all is to meet an Alien! But it must be friendly!

So he is over the moon when Gongo the friendly Alien, arrives on planet Earth from the planet Googon!

Gongo has to learn all about humans for his school project. Ben finds out that Gongo has an awful lot to learn though, especially about social skills, so Ben has to teach him!

Through lots of audience interaction, lots of fun, songs and animated action, Gongo learns:

that you must not hug strangers
how to greet someone – handshakes and hi-fives
about personal space
about facial expressions

Stranger Danger 2017

Directors: Robert Camron-Moore & Yvonne Rose-Moore

Gongo, Billy and Emma
Cast:
Billy.........Ian ‘Sheepie’ Smith
Emma..........Emma McKenna
Gongo............Fraser MacRae


boy with a stranger
Robert Camron-Moore with
one of the pupils from Pinewood School









As with the trial of this project in 2015, first of all we developed a play about Stranger Danger, which was followed by workshops. As with our trial of Stranger Danger in 2015, the play was developed in collaboration with the actors using devising techniques. Storyline: Gongo arrives on Earth, and meets Emma and Billy. He has forgotten how to greet people on Earth and has to learn all over again, creating some very funny moments! Emma and Billy decide to take Gongo to the fair, but Emma has forgotten her money and has to go home to get it. She leaves strict instructions with Billy not to leave Gongo on his own – but Billy needs the toilet and rushes off! When Gongo is on his own he is very nearly tempted away by a stranger! Billy and Emma decide the should play The Stranger Danger game, to teach Gongo not to go off with strangers! This is a lot for him to learn so afterwards he makes up a "rap" to remember all the rules!

We felt very lucky to have the amazing Ian 'Sheepie' Smith back on board! And making his introduction with us was the very talented Fraser MacRae, who played an excellent Gongo!

Although Emma McKenna took part in the two performances, she felt unable to continue onto doing the Stranger Danger role-play workshops, which followed on after the performances, and therefore she terminated her contract. However Robert Camron –Moore (our co-founder) took her place, and during the workshops Sheepie, Fraser and Robert very cleverly (and quickly!) created many different and colourful 'strangers', to try and entice the pupils away

It was wonderful to hear from the principal teacher at Pinewood that the pupils had been playing Stranger danger in the playground!


Stranger Danger 2015

Directors: Yvonne Moore & Robert Moore

Gongo meets the professor
Cast:
Ben.........Steven McIntyre
Jess/elderly lady...Alison MacFarlane
Dexter/nutty professor.........Des O'Gorman
Gongo...Thomas Holmes


Gongo, Ben and the elderly lady







Gongo says 'No'

The directors and actors worked collaboratively, using devising techniques, to create this play. After performing this play, Engross returned to Pilrig Park and delivered workshops during which the pupils acted in their own short scenes about Stranger Danger. The scenes were filmed and these short films were given to the school for them to use as a learning aid thereafter.

Scene 1
Gongo returns to planet earth to play with Ben and Dexter. Jess is very excited because she gets to meet Gongo for the very first time! What lesson is Gongo going to learn this time? Gongo has become very trusting of ALL human beings, so Ben, Dexter and Jess decide to play a new game called "Stranger Danger!". After nearly being tempted away by two 'strangers', Gongo waits in the park while the others go off to buy sweets. He meets a very sad stranger who has lost his dog and Gongo decides to help him. Has Gongo learnt his lesson?

Scene 2
After Jess shows the others her newly learnt cart-wheel, the others try some other moves. After they play 'catch', Dexter gets teased because he is not good at playing catch. Ben and Jess are horrified to find that Dexter was very upset by the 'joke' that they sent by text. After apologising, to cheer Dexter up, they all go bowling.

Scene 3
Dexter has done very well at bowling, and wants to buy lollipops for them all for cheering him up. Gongo waits for Ben, who arrives with his own lolly which Gongo really wants to try! Through much fun and laughter, Gongo learns that you can’t share lollies, that you must use tissues when you sneeze, and he learns all about washing your hands.

Learning points included:
NEVER go off with a stranger/ shout no/ tell someone
Never cuddle someone you don’t know, shake hands/high five/ fist bump instead
Take turns in speaking so you can hear what the other person is saying
We are ALL good at different things
Be careful what you say in a text – it could be misinterpreted
Hygiene e.g. washing hands, use tissues when coughing and sneezing, put tissues in the bin.

We Know Our Rights!

A trilogy tackling children’s rights & Further P.S.E. Subjects

Gongo's Magical Day!

by Anita Gallo
Directors: Yvonne & Bobby Moore
Duration: 30 mins
Gongo's Magical Day
Cast:
Ben.........Steven McIntyre
Dexter.........Des O'Gorman
Gongo...Rhys Teare-Williams

Notes:
General: This play is about making and keeping friends.
RRS: This play is about your rights to play.

Learning Points:
You have a right to play
You can have different groups of friends. You can be friends with more than one person at a time.
Don’t be a bully (and what a bully is)
If you are bullied, tell a teacher.
Plans can sometimes change.
Change does not have to be a bad thing, sometimes change can work out for the better.
If you make a plan, you have to communicate it to others or they won’t know what the plan is

Basic storyline:
Gongo comes to Earth on holiday! He wants to learn about Earth games so has arranged to play an Earth game, “Musical Statues”, with Ben. But Dexter arrives, because HE had arranged to play with Ben too. – he wants to watch Ben performing his new magic tricks! Gongo and Dexter both go ‘in the huff’. Through talking to the audience, Ben and the boys discover you can have more than one friend at a time, and they learn how to compromise - so they BOTH play with Ben, and play BOTH games! After enjoying both games, they all become friends again. They also learn that when you have plans ‘in your head’, you must tell friends what they are. They also discover that changing your plans can be good.Then they put on a magic show at the end!



Gongo Gets It Right!

by Anita Gallo
Directors: Yvonne & Bobby Moore
Duration: 25 mins
Gongo Gets It Right!
Cast:
Ben................Steven McIntyre
Dexter................Des O'Gorman
Gongo..........Rhys Teare-Williams

Notes:
General: This play is about respecting others and accepting our differences.
RRS: This play is about your right to a name, and education.

Learning Points:
Don’t call people names.
You have a right to a name, and be called by that name
You have a right to an education.
EVERYONE is different to each other – we all have the right to be treated with respect

Basic storyline:
Gongo is still on holiday on Earth. He is very excited because he wants to go to the lads’ school with them.. But Ben and Dexter panic! They might get teased because Gongo is ‘different’, so they try and find different excuses to stop Gongo from going with them. Gongo eventually ‘catches on’ that Ben and Dexter don’t want him to go to school with them and asks why. The boys explain. Through talking to each other and the audience, the boys discover that everyone is different to each other, and everyone has a right to be treated with respect.



Gongo Nearly Gets It Wrong!

by Anita Gallo
Directors: Yvonne & Bobby Moore
Duration: 25 mins
Gongo Nearly Gets It Wrong!
Cast:
Ben................Steven McIntyre
Dexter................Des O'Gorman
Gongo..........Rhys Teare-Williams

Notes:
General: This play is about Keeping yourself safe and the difference between need and want.
RRS: This play is about your right to be safe.

Learning Points:
The difference between need and want
Don’t take things that aren’t yours
It’s dangerous to take other people’s medicine

Basic storyline:
Gongo’s holiday has come to an end. Dexter doesn’t want him to go so he hides the key to the ignition to Gongo’s spaceship. They all become detectives to solve the mystery of the missing key. They find out what Dexter has done and discuss why this is wrong. Dexter says he ‘needs’ Gongo to stay. Dexter then learns the difference between ‘need’ and ‘want’. While the boys go and make Gongo something to eat because he is hungry, Gongo gets even hungrier. He finds what he thinks is a lovely drink, but it is Ben’s medicine. The boys stop him taking it just in time!!



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Plays Tackling Personal and Social Education (P.S.E.)

Gongo Visits Planet Earth

by Anita Gallo
Director: Yvonne Moore
Duration: 30 mins
Gongo Visits Planet Earth
Cast:
Ben..............Steven McIntyre
Gongo.................Pab Roberts

Topic:
Interpersonal Skills

Learning Points:
Not speaking over others
Facial expressions
Awareness of personal space
Not cuddling people you don't know

Basic storyline:
When a young friendly alien called Gongo crash lands on Earth, he meets young Ben who has to teach him how to behave like a human.

This play is delivered through lots of fun, animated action, and audience interaction!



Gongo Says – "Be Nice!"

by Caroline Dunford
Director: Bobby Moore
Duration: 30 mins
Gongo says - Be Nice!
Cast:
Ben................Steven McIntyre
Dexter................Des O'Gorman
Gongo/the teacher...Pab Roberts

Topic:
Teasing/Bullying

Learning Points:
The best way always to be is nice
Tell a teacher if you're being bullied

Basic storyline:
When young Ben is bullied by his friend Dexter, he calls Gongo for help on his Intergalactic communicator! Gongo zips back to Earth and freezes Dexter with his Ray Gun! This gives Ben and Gongo time to think about what to do about Dexter’s bullying..........Gongo then "Turns Back Time" with his Sonic Ray-Gun, and discovers why Dexter had been teasing Ben in the first place. With the problem now solved, Ben and Dexter become friends again!

Includes hilarious chase sequences, songs and dance, and comic animated action.



Happy Birthday Gongo!

by Anita Gallo
Director: Bobby Moore
Duration: 30 mins
Gongo picks his nose
Cast:
Ben.......Rhys Teare-Williams
Dexter...........Des O'Gorman
Gongo...............Pab Roberts

Topic:
Personal etiquette

Learning Points:
When you sneeze, turn your head away and cover your mouth
Use your hanky, not your sleeve to wipe nose
Put used hankies in the bin
Always wash your hands before eating
How to receive a gift– Look at the person, take the gift and say thank you
Don’t pick your nose

Basic storyline:
Dexter and Ben decide to hold a birthday party for Gongo. But there is a problem - Gongo thinks he has a strange disease. The boys explain that he only has a cold, and everyone gets them on Earth! The boys then have to teach Gongo personal etiquette subjects through much fun and laughter, and even a "rap"!



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People in the Past

A set of plays about people in various historical eras

Mark and the Vikings

by Carolyn Lincoln
Director: Bobby Moore
Mark and the Vikings
Cast:
Mark.....Keith McLeish
Mum......Rachel Amey

Learning Points:
The Pupils will:-
Have increased knowledge of Viking culture
Find out about Viking longships
Discover how early navigation used the position of the Sun and stars
Know what clothing Vikings wore and what they ate
Hear about the Viking skills and craftsmanship
See and hear what they used to make tools and jewellery from
Know which countries make up Scandinavia

Basic storyline:
Young Mark, excited after learning about the Vikings at school, uses Mum's good towels (and all her tinfoil) to dress up as a Viking. The story is told with comedy and interaction. This play can be useful as an introduction to Vikings and the effect they had on our language and culture. Pupils interaction consists of - Rowing the Longships, using paper plates to indicate the rising and setting of the Sun and singing along with our Viking song.



Mark and the Romans

by Nick Cheales
Director: Bobby Moore
Mark and the Romans
Cast:
Mark...............Keith McLeish
Mum/Lollia........Rachel Amey

Learning Points:
The Pupils will:-
Learn about basic Roman numeral values
Find out what Romans wore
See how messages were sent using wax tablets
Be informed about the Antonine Wall
Know more about Roman Baths, Roman central heating and Roman toilets.

Basic storyline:
While young Mark and his mum are walking in Cramond, Edinburgh, they come across the site of an old Roman bathhouse. While Mum goes in search of ice creams, Mark finds an old ring which suddenly transports him back to Roman times! There he meets Lollia, a Roman woman, and learns more about Roman life in Scotland, including baths and toilets!




Fiona the Victorian

by Nick Cheales
Director: Bobby Moore
Cast of Fiona the Victorian
Cast:
Mr. Baillie............Nick Cheales
Mrs. Wishart.....Isabella Jarrett
Fiona...............Deborah Young

Learning Points:
The Pupils will:-
Learn about the life and hierarchy of servants in a Victorian household and the different duties they each have
Hear about different Scottish inventors and their inventions, such as bicycle tyres, the telephone and steam engines
Be informed about sanitary conditions in Scotland in the past
Hear about historical facts of the time, such as the building of the Forth Rail Bridge
Hear about Edinburgh’s New Town with their wide roads to allow horse drawn carriages to turn and the houses with new fangled flushing toilets.

Basic storyline:
A humorous play in which the downstairs servants in a house in the Canongate eagerly await the visit of Queen Victoria to Edinburgh! Will they be able to visit the amazing new Forth Rail Bridge? They talk about other Victorian inventions, whilst also dreaming of moving to the New Town, where they actually have flushing toilets!



Hilda and the Home Front

by Carolyn Lincoln
Director: Yvonne Moore
Hilda and the Home Front
Cast:
Hilda.....Deborah Young
Mum...Leonna McGilligan
Mabel....Nicola Robinson

Learning Points:
The Pupils will:-
Learn about blackouts and air raid wardens
Find out about air raids, air raid shelters and gas masks
Hear of the hardships of war for people at home
Be aware of differences between living in the country and living in towns
Learn about evacuees
Listen to a copy of the broadcast by Chamberlain announcing the declaration of war

Basic storyline:
When World War 2 starts, Mabel is evacuated to the country, where she is surprised to learn that for the first time ever that she will have her own bedroom! She is sad and homesick at first, especially after being called names in the street - and because there are no picture houses or chip shops in the country! And how on earth will she dispose of Hilda's disgusting home-made biscuits! She soon makes good friends with Hilda though and together they put on their own 'concert'!



Wayne and Wallace

by Carolyn Lincoln
Director: Yvonne Moore
Wayne, Mum and Grandad
Cast:
Wayne.....................Ian Sheepie Smith
Grandad..........................Bobby Moore
Yolande/Marion/Mum......Deborah Young

Basic storyline:
Wayne and his Grandad re-enact the story of William Wallace in Wayne’s living-room, each bringing different characters to life! Along the way they come across Queen Yolande and Marion Braidfute. Lots of historical information conveyed through humour, song and audience participation!

 

 

 

 




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