This scheme of work is inspired by the strike about working conditions in the Bryant and May match factory in London in the 1880s. The key elements - 14 hour days, poor pay, excessive fines and serious health risks - are introduced through mime and improvisation, guided by the key characters the factory foreman, Annie Besant, Mr Bryant and Mr May. Drama skills developed include Mantle of the Expert, hot-seating and symbolism.
Each lesson plan has clearly stated objectives and learning outcomes. They are structured to include introductory warm up, development and plenary sessions. A homework task is also included.