# Status

From concepts developed by Keith Johnstone, Augusto Boal, and others. Lesson: 4 minutes Age group: !" and up #aterials: \$ec% o& cards, enough chairs &or every person in class, t'o tables, tape, chal% board, chal% Session (b)ective: !. Students 'ill identi&y 'ays in 'hich status is conveyed physically. *. Student 'ill e+amine and identi&y di&&erent status roles that he,she plays in o'n li&e. -. Student 'ill e+plore 'ays in 'hich manipulation o& status a&&ects situations. 4. Student 'ill e+amine ho' %no'ledge and manipulation o& status applies to di&&erent conte+ts in o'n li&e. .ote: /lassroom preparation: For a class o& t'elve students, t'o tables and si+ chairs should be grouped chaotically on each side o& the room. Session /ontent: !. Status in Space 0 \$ivide class into t'o groups o& si+ students &or a class o& t'elve1. 2ach group should assemble by one o& the chair,table groupings. 2+plain that one at a time each person should arrange the chairs and table so as to ma%e one chair the most po'er&ul ob)ect, in relation to the other chairs and the table. Any ob)ects can be moved or placed on top o& each other, or on their sides, or 'hatever, but nothing can be removed altogether. A&ter each person has had a chance to try, the group 'ill select the arrangement they &eel is the most po'er&ul. At this time, one person in the group 'ill enter the space and ta%e the po'er&ul position 'ithout moving anything. (nce they have done so, the others may move into the space and try to place themselves in even more po'er&ul positions, and ta%e a'ay the po'er o& the &irst. 34his game is &rom Boal5s 6ames &or Actors and .on0Actors. 7t is under the name o& 84he 6reat 6ame o& 9o'er8 on page ! ".1 Assess: \$iscuss 'hat the spatial arrangements revealed about po'er. \$iscuss ho' this po'er 'as conveyed. \$iscuss strategies people employed to lessen the po'er o& others. \$iscuss concepts o& status and ho' status is conveyed. :o' space is manipulated to reveal status, ho' physical mannerisms convey status, ho' status can be consciously lo'ered or raised given the intent and needs o& a given situation. Brainstorm physical indicators o& status and 'rite on the board. 34hese can be ta%ing up a lot o& physical space, invading another5s space, eye contact 0 holding it or brea%ing it, ignoring, silence 3stone'alling1, physical levels in relation to others, posture, etc.1