The focus of the forum plays are the dilemmas from the participants. The conflicts need to be realistic, relevant and complex enough to have several possible solutions. As a preparation for the forum scenes the Joker needs to collect and choose dilemmas and conflicts. There are several options on how to do this:
- Simply collect written notes (not digital) or by personal e-mails for the teacher
- Make participants post their story, dilemma, conflict on a blog
- Have participants take a picture or video clip describing the conflict/situation; could be a picture of their dream job which they face problems with achieving, could be situations or themes in school they struggle with coping, could be conflicts with parents/teachers/counsellors, etc.
Then the material is analysed and the best suited dilemmas and scenarios chosen.
In conducting forum plays, it is a good idea to have some topics and dilemmas ready before the event, to have something that will kick-start the event. The joker can also collect these materials from different sources: interviews, discussions, newspapers, gossip etc., or directly asking the target group themselves.