The four corner exercise
The exercise could be made relevant to the group by taking its starting point in a story or dilemma handed in by one of the participants. This could be done by letting the participants post stories in the period leading to the event, either by posts on a blog, comments or video comments on a YouTube channel.
As with the four corner exercise you can use situations or statements from the group to set up the contrasting views, e.g. someone showing concerns about the difficulties in choosing their path could lead to the views: ‘I find it very difficult to choose a college or vocational course’ vs. ‘college or vocational course’’.
In the exercise where the group is faced with two opposing themes or pictures they have to choose among, you can involve the group and technology by asking them to take pictures with a digital camera or their mobile phone of something they really like or dislike. Or they could just find pictures on the internet. They could send them to the facilitator by text (SMS), in an email or on a blog, and the facilitator can choose relevant pairs for the exercise.
In the case where the forum play has been recorded to video and uploaded to a platform (Youtube) there is the possibility to work with speech bubbles post event.
For this and the following exercises it is of course important that the facilitator clarifies to the group what they are expected/encouraged/allowed to do.
Youtube Speech Bubbles
Youtube editing features the possibility of inserting speech bubbles in the uploaded clips. The facilitator can choose to create these in certain situations in the scene, and ask the group to make suggestions for what the person is thinking. These can be posted as comments to the video. This allows the participants to further reflect on the motives of the character after the play, which can then create more nuanced discussions about the conflict.
Imaginary Speech Bubbles
When viewing the video clip the viewer may want to elaborate on what they believe the character is thinking. The viewer may then make a comment stating that: in this scene, at 3 min 25 sec, I want to give the character a speech bubble, and I think this is what the character is thinking:……
This gives participants and viewers a chance to point out sequences they see as important, and the thoughts and motivations right in that moment, even if the facilitator was not aware of or observant of important elements of that particular moment.
As with speech bubbles you can use the recordings and the features that Youtube provides.
Interviewing the viewers
The facilitator can as with the Youtube speech bubbles decide on relevant places in the clip, where it is paused and ‘the interview’ takes place. The facilitator can ask the questions to the viewers, who can then answer with their suggestions in either comments or video comments.
Suggesting an interview
Viewers of the clip may feel that some scenarios or sequences need some further clarification. They may point out the place in the scene, and take on the role of an interviewer, and ask questions. It can then be the task of other viewers to answer these questions, thereby creating a discussion. The viewer may also feel that he (or they since it could be done as a small group) wants to suggest the whole interview. Then he can supply both questions and answers (in text, speech or video) that he felt were not asked during the event, or if it is a group, they can act out the interview in a video comment.