Empress Mentewab School

Learning Drama

To reinforce language skills and build up confidence, pupils in Grade 1 rehearse and perform drama in English or Amharic.

One simple play, which Kate wrote for the children to perform in English, is called Mrs Fentanesh. Mrs Fentanesh is at home with baby when three unexpected guests turn up. She invites each of them to "sit down". "Here is a chair." Mr Kebede brings his polar bear, Mr Mulat has his bear, and Dr Takele carries his elephant. Over coffee, they discuss the names and colours of their pets.

The actors love dressing up. The clothes for Ethiopian characters are purchased locally. In addition, supporters have sent various costumes and accessories (wigs, false noses, glasses) from abroad.

Mrs Fentanesh and her three guests
Mrs Fentanesh and her three guests


rehearsing
rehearsing


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