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A number of strategies were used to explore "Our Day Out," and to develop techniques and strategies, which would be appropriate to use.

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Drama Coursework A number of strategies were used to explore "Our Day Out," and to develop techniques and strategies, which would be appropriate to use. One of the main ways we explored the plays potential were explorative strategies. We used a great many explorative strategies, to good affect, and it is my belief that my performance was greatly enhanced by using these techniques. We used hot-seating to explore our characters. After we learned of our character's personality, we aimed to perfect it by immersing ourselves in somebody else's mind. We became that person. Hot seating enables us to perfect this skill, which helps us to empathise with the character and therefore become more convincing in performance. When a person asks you a question when you are hot-seating you must feel what your character would feel and react how your character would react. Body language, the pitch and power of your voice, and the dialogue must all be coming from the mind of your character and not yours. I felt hot seating was an appropriate explorative strategy to use first as I feel that mastering your characters persona is essential if you re going to progress to successful blocking. ...read more.


not offering enough services in their community) then we can earn that the play may have political roots, and that the message is that many poor people aren't cared about and the children of less well off areas are left to rot. Combining people's thoughts aloud and comparing them, linking them and analysing them can glean many other things. We could also learn the role of our character. For example, my character's thoughts aloud was something along the lines of: "These children need discipline, look at them they haven't even been out of the boundaries of their city." This shows where my character stands in the sub-text message of the play. It shows that he does not understand their predicament, and feels that the children are totally at fault for their circumstances. Evaluative Phase I feel that I have learnt a lot from this unit, especially in relation converting a message, or an emotion into a piece of theatre. I feel that I will be able to take the new skills I have acquired and use them effectively in the future. The most important new skill I have learnt is how to plan a piece of theatre. ...read more.


I have learnt to compromise wit others where as before studying this unit, I may have been more pressing with my views. I have also learnt how it is best to formulate ideas. I have learnt that it is vital to understand each member of your group's opinions, and respect and explore their ideas while at the same time ensuring your views are heard. Group brainstorming is also something I have improved upon. I have learnt how to develop my character by using explorative strategies other than Hot Seating (although I also used this to affect.) I have learnt most using role-playing combined with thoughts aloud. This is because it helps you reacts in role to spontaneous improvisation, which enables you to take on your character in a better way, and helps you cope in a situation where improvisation may be needed. The main reason I have learnt a lot from this unite, is because of the way it challenges you to respond to a stimulus. It provides a lot of freedom and you can play on the many emotions provided by the stimulus. The fact that the piece is topical too also helped me, as one can convey this controversy by using bias towards your opinion, or by letting the audience make up their own mind. ...read more.

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