Immediately after seeing Water Weight, discuss it with your class, even if you’re on the bus back to school. The purpose of doing this is twofold: to garner the students’ immediate impressions and also to capitalize on the concept of ‘instant’.
Some questions to help prompt discussion:
- Did they enjoy the play?
- What was the general feeling of the play?
- Who was their favourite character? Why?
- Did they have a favourite or least favourite scene? Why?
- What types of reactions did you have to the play? Did it seem realistic?
- Did any scenes or moments in the play stand out? Why or why not?
With the initial impressions of the play explored, move the discussion a bit deeper.
Question to ask:
- What was Water Weight about? Describe.
- What was the main concept or point of Water Weight? Explain.
- Can you relate to it? Why or why not?
- Did Water Weight seem like a believable real-life story to you? Why or why not?
- What did you think of the ending of the play?
- Discuss the various relationships in the play. Can you name them?
- What did you think of Aliyah and Markie’s relationship when the play started? Did your opinion change at all by the end?
- What did you think of the Pool? Explain.
When the discussion is complete, ask students to write a review of Water Weight. Instead of writing a standard review, ask them to be creative in how they approach this.
- Choose a character from the play and write a journal entry from their perspective
- Create a promotional campaign for the play (including posters/pamphlets, press release etc…)
- Write a letter to Jesse Strong (playwright) or Geordie Productions
- Write a newspaper human interest story about one of the characters in the play
- Write a song that describes your thoughts on the play
- Write a pitch for the play to be turned into a movie including casting info.
- Create a comic book
When they’re done, ask students to share their creative reviews with the class.