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BY EV CROWEDIRECTED BY BLANCHE MCINTYRE

unicorntheatre.comRESOURCES DEVELOPED BY CATHERINE GREENWOOD & ELLA MACFADYEN

CONTENTSLIAR, LIAR TEACHER RESOURCES

Page 2 How to use this resource pack and the focus of the Drama activitiesPage 3 Introduction to the play

Page 4 OverviewPage 5-6 The Writer - E V CrowePage 7-11 The Director - Blanche McIntyrePage 12-13 The Designer - James Perkins

Page 13 Activity 1 - Two truths, one lie Activity 2 - Signs of lyingPage 14 Activity 3 - Pair improvisations Activity 4 - Grace and her fatherPage 15 Activity 5 - Agreement linePage 16 Activity 6 - Exploring the character of GracePage 17 Activity 7 - Grace and her motherPage 18-24 Text extracts

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INTRODUCTION

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

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DRAMA ACTIVITIES & TEXT EXTRACTS

INTRODUCTIONLIAR, LIAR TEACHER RESOURCES

Welcome to the resource pack for the Unicorn Theatres production of Liar, Liar by E V Crowe.

This pack is designed to provide teachers and students with materials that can extend and deepen a visit to the play. These resources will support teachers working with students before and after seeing the play to enrich the experience through an imaginative and reflective engagement with the piece, and at the same time connect with students classroom learning.

The play and resources will be relevant in particular to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Drama and PSHE.

The resource pack is in two sections:

1) The making of Liar, Liar: interviews with the creative team in the lead up to rehearsals in January 2013.

This section gives insight into the work of the creative team behind the making of Liar, Liar and focuses particularly on the process of creating a new piece of work. The interviews will help GCSE Drama students to understand how theatre professionals interpret a play and communicate meaning through the creative decisions they make: The use of drama medium such as set, props, costume space and lighting. The elements of drama such as form, content, characterisation, rhythm and contrast.

2) Practical drama activities: using Scene One of Liar, Liar.

By practically exploring the opening scene the students will be introduced to the characters of Grace and her father David and begin to explore the main themes of the play as well as the theatre conventions that run through the whole piece. The focus of the scene is the relationship between Grace and her father David and between the truth and the lies she tells.

Further drama activities will be added to this pack in January.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE PLAYLIAR, LIAR TEACHER RESOURCES

Liar, Liar is a newly commissioned play written by E V Crowe for audiences aged 13+

Liar, Liar tells the story of a teenage girl Grace, who knows the truth can be dangerous. Grace chooses to lie, to invent stories, in order to control her world. At times she tells people what they want to hear, to protect herself and to protect those she cares about. The action of the play takes place in her bedroom and within the powerful imaginary stories she creates.

When the play opens Grace is home, but where has she been and what has she been doing all night? Her father David, sister Coco and neighbour Steve all want to know. But do they want to hear the truth or do they want something else from Grace? Certainly they all make assumptions about Grace, about the kind of young woman she is and what she is capable of. Grace loses herself in her game playing and keeps the people around her at bay, but with the discovery of a disturbing crime the police become involved, the need to know the truth intensifies and the pressure on Grace increases.

As we learn more about Grace through BBM conversations she has with her friend Javaad we discover that there is a particular secret that she is compelled to protect and ultimately she has to decide whether to speak out in order to protect her father, or to stay true to herself and her friend.

This dynamic new play dramatises Graces real and imaginary worlds and explores the relationship between the two.

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There is a wonderful mixture of concrete everyday realism, the world that the characters inhabit, and a surreal, flowing, exciting, boundary-free imaginative world, and a lot of the fun will be in how those things intersect, how one grows out of the other, what the differences are between them and how they overlap. Blanche McIntyre

Often we think about people who lie as bad, but I wanted to explore the reasons why someone like Grace might lie, and to look at the pressures of how she is perceived. For her, often, it is easier to lie, than to tell the truth. She realises that very often, people dont want to hear the truth. E V Crowe

Grace: If I tell you it will be like my mouth shooting out a bullet.

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What happens when we create a brand new piece of work for our audiences?

The process began around 18 months ago when Artistic Director, Purni Morrell, invited E.V Crowe to create a new play for our Spring Season. The first conversation was about creating a prequel for King Lear in a contemporary setting. The play has moved some way from those beginnings but still retains the root of those initial discussions.

With the script underway and the performance dates confirmed the rest of the creative team were drawn together.

Writer E V Crowe Director Blanche McIntyre Designer James Perkins Sound George Dennis Lighting Gary Bowman

The Actors

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The following interviews provide an insight into how the creative team work together and how much work needs to be done before the actors begin rehearsals.

Danusia Samal Grace

Tom PaddenDavid

Carl PatrickSteve

CocoRitu Ayra

THE WRITER - E V CROWEMEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

E V Crowe is one of the most exciting young playwrights around. Nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2011, she won critical acclaim for her plays Kin at the Royal Court and Young Pretender at the Edinburgh Festival. She is widely regarded as an inspiring voice for and about teenagers experience in Britain today.

Before writing the play, I had spent quite a bit of time in the company of 12-14 year old young people, talking about plays. Some were based in Wood Green, some Tower Hamlets, some in Chelsea, but the thing they all had in common was how much they seemed to have to adapt their behaviour all of the time to fit in with how different people perceived them - their friends, teachers, strangers, me. It felt also that every time I walked into a room to spend time with them, I would have to drop all of my own preconceptions about them and their views on life, because it was never what I thought it would be, but it was always interesting.

I suppose in the play I wanted to work out what the idea of a young person means in society now. How adults are maybe afraid of young people sometimes, even those who care for them and what affect that might have on a character. I wanted to think about what it must feel like if everyone assumes you are bad and have probably done something wrong, if that makes it harder to be good.

And also to think about different kinds of relationships, and that sometimes, a relationship with a friend can be just as, if not more, important than a relationship with a member of your family. And that friendship is important, and can be the most stable thing in your life sometimes. A friend can be the person who knows you best, and can love you as much as a brother or a sister.

I knew that I wanted my play to end where King Lear starts; with the Kings decision to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. One daughter, Cordelia, however, doubts her fathers motives. She also doesnt want to have to publicly tell her Dad she loves him in order to prove that she is worthy of her inheritance. She wants their relationship to be better than it is; to be more about both of them, and less about him. So when she says I cannot heave my heart into my mouth, shes saying that she cant make a big speech, she cant talk about how she feels in the way she wants to. So she stays true to herself, but at the same time her actions cause a lot of things to go wrong. But she never regrets it, because she values herself and her sense of self above all else.

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WHY DID YOU WRITE THE PLAY?

WHAT IS THE CONNECTION TO KING LEAR?

MAKING THE PLAY

I wanted to explore that relationship between father and daughter, where the father makes unreasonable demands. He in a way becomes the child, and she the adult. And he exploits his knowledge of her vulnerabilities (in Liar Liar, he exploits the idea that Grace worries people think she looks hard or like someone who commits crime/does bad stuff) and forces her into a position where her self worth is very low, and his well being is the priority.

Often we think about people who lie as bad, but I wanted to explore the reasons why someone like Grace might lie, and to look at the pressures of how she is perceived. For her, often, it is easier to lie, than to tell the truth. She realises that very often, people dont want to hear the truth. The truth can