Photographs are an excellent way to stimulate ideas for Drama They can be used either as a starting point or an ending point for devised pieces.
Here are some student responses:
I got this idea from Chris Hoskins; drama teacher extraordinaire. I didn't believe it would work until I tried it!
Lights out! With your students' eyes closed, arrange two stools in a position such as one on the left.
Lights in! Ask the pupils to open their eyes and try to provide a narrative to what's happening.
Take any answer and let it run. Explore each suggestion as far as you can.
Allow groups to deconstruct this image in any way they want.
Use it as a first frame in a devised piece.
Freeze frames are rarely a realistic portrayal of a significant event or emotion. They are best used to suggest to an audience a particular dramatic focus.
This focus is key. In this freeze frame we see a group of people seemingly meeting for a reunion. But the still image looks highly pre-prepared and staged!
However, that too can be OK.
Take this first frame in a devised piece and bring it alive. Focus should be placed on how this happens.
Notice how there are three pairs of friends meeting. Consider how this can be staged without overcrowding the audience's point of view. Why not try starting with the first two friends meeting downstage and ending with their freeze frame. Next come the second pair, and finally we see the two at the back up stage greeting each other. This would take a highly sophisticated level of 'freeze control'.