PRACTICE THE DRAMAS (15 MIN)
Tell the groups to start practising! Move between groups helping them to get started.
Timekeeping is very important in this exercise! Do not allow the practice time to go over 15 minutes as this cuts time from the important performance/discussion part of the exercise. It is also important to manage time during the performance/discussion section, so that the first groups to perform don’t end up using the later groups’ time.
PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION (50 MIN)
Timing: 15 min per group for presentation plus 5 minutes flexibility.
Each group presents their 2-minute drama twice. The first time they present it without interruption. The second time, the audience should call out ‘Stop!’ whenever they see a FORB violation happening. The drama should then pause (characters should stay in place). Point to the key words written on the flipchart sheet and ask the person/people who said ‘Stop!’ to briefly answer the following questions:
- What happened and why was it a violation of freedom of religion or belief?
- What type of violation is this an example of and who is committing the violation (e.g., social hostilities in the form of discrimination or violence, government restrictions or government failure to protect people)?
Continue the drama until the next person calls stop and repeat the above questions. There are three violations per drama. You can see what these are in the facilitator’s version of the drama scenarios.
If there is time after the group has presented twice, start a broader discussion using the following questions:
- What should be different in this scenario? Which institutions or individuals should act differently or what laws or rules should be different?
- Who could intervene in a positive way to change things? Could a member of the community, activist, organisation or decisionmaker make a difference?
Allow 15 minutes per group for the performance/discussion process and be very strict on time-keeping! (If you only have two groups you can increase this.) Apologise for cutting groups off mid-flow but explain that everyone needs a chance to perform. Remember to give each group a round of applause at the end of their 15 minutes!
PLENARY SHARING TIME (15 MIN)
When all the groups have presented and discussed their scenario, congratulate everyone on their performances again. Then start a broader conversation, based on the following questions:
- Do violations similar to the ones we saw in the dramas sometimes happen in our community?
- What impact does this have on people and on society as a whole?
Encourage people to share stories or experiences if they are comfortable doing so. As participants share personal stories, try to ask generalising questions – what do experiences like this mean for the community as a whole? Try to draw out the point that violations harm everyone in the end because they create tensions and risks for the whole of society.