The activities leading to the event itself are an important part of preparing the event and deciding the scenes and dilemmas that will be tackled. After choosing the dilemmas, the joker can either write synopses for plays, or split the group into smaller groups where each can create a play (this could happen on the actual day of the event, given that there is enough time).
Also crucial during the pre-activity period is for the joker to prepare the scene: Making sure there is a proper room available, setting/building the stage, and ensuring that any technical equipment that might be involved is working.
The next step for the facilitator is then to analyze and process the topics and dilemmas. He/ she should choose conflicts that are realistic, relevant and has a real conflict in it. There should be enough ‘meat’ on it to be able to play it through and find alternative solutions. The facilitator should also bear in mind that the scenarios posted might be relevant to the group, even if he/ she does not see the problem as real.
Different things can then be done: the facilitator can write a short synopsis of the conflict(s), pointing out the characters involved, the setting, the dilemma, and where and how it takes place. It could be based on one submitted story or it could be a write-up of several dilemmas that have common features. The group can then be split into different groups, and each can write and rehearse the conflict, and subsequently act it out to the larger group. This way, several plays can be rehearsed in a relatively short time, and everyone can participate (even if some may not be acting).
Another way is for the facilitator to write a script that some actors from the group can act out. Actors may be ones that have signed up for it willingly beforehand or who agrees to do it on the spot. This may be a way to introduce the method to a group that is showing some hostility towards it, and it may be used as an introduction, where after the group then can create their own scenes.
Read more about considerations before you start doing forum plays here
Read about digital pre-activities here