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Programme Outline

The children enter the hall where they are greeted by Bally and Billy,  “children’s entertainers”, who seat them at one end of the hall.

The children then watch a short piece of performance in which it becomes clear that Bally is the dominant character in the duo. Bally constantly gets laughs at the expense of the down-trodden Billy.

Bally then runs a participatory game; this is a competitive game resulting in elimination. The winner of the game is given three cheers by the rest of the class.

Billy then runs a co-operative game but Bally doesn’t understand games like this. Who is the winner?

Bally continues to ridicule Billy with name-calling and practical jokes. The children are encouraged by Bally to join in with the taunting. As a result of this behaviour Billy says that he’s had enough and leaves. This utterly surprises and then embarrasses Bally because Bally cannot continue the show without the other half of the team.

In two groups the pupils work with the characters to explore the inequalities within their friendship. They make suggestions to help them both change their behaviour in order to sustain their relationship.

Billy accepts Bally’s apologies (and other suggestions from the class).  The apology is only accepted on the condition that Billy is able to demonstrate a marvelous magic trick. Bally is both surprised and impressed –and wants to learn some magic too. For the first time the children see Bally and Billy working cooperatively.

The performance finishes with Bally and Billy working together to clear up and get ready to leave.

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