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Blue Remembered Hills

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COMPARING AND CONTRASTING This year our practical assessment in Drama has been a three month project, from September until December, on 'Blue Remembered Hills' written by Dennis Potter, who also wrote other popular television programmes, films scripts and plays such as "The Confidence Course" that he wrote in the early part of his career in 1965, onto things like "Sufficient Carbohydrate" in 1983. Although he mainly wrote a lot of his scripts for television and films, script such as Blue Remembered Hills, originally written by Dennis Potter in 1979 for a small television programme telling the stories of a group of seven year olds adventures in a forest, on a summers day during the Second World War. However the tale was so popular that it was re-written as a theatre production suitable for the stage. Since then it has been made into a number of different films and theatre productions across the world. One example is an amateur production that we went to see in hove performed at 'The Barn Theatre' in Hove. The production was very successful, with sell out seat every night, proving it to be a very popular play to this day, not only to perform but also to go and watch. ...read more.

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I found out a lot about the time period of the play and a lot of things about life, clothing, songs and behaviour in the time of the play. All of these helped me with my performance as I felt I could really get into my character when I knew all of the facts. The most useful text material I used was the information pack, my teacher gave me, about every aspect of life during the Second World War from popular war song to the fashion in clothes. However I also found it very useful to read other scripts by Dennis Potter such as 'Hide and Seek' and 'Lord of the Files' as they were a really good place to look for similarities in script and themes. Our piece was set in the West Country during the Second World War, in a wood, a field and a barn. Following the adventures of a group of seven year olds and the things they get up to one summers afternoon. The period is very important because due to the time of when this story was set, changes what the group of children can do due to the restriction of the time period. ...read more.

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This is show throughout the play with lines like, "Them Japs is the most cruellest devils as ever walked." This is very different in 'Stand By Me' as there is no mention of racism at all, and no mention of religious belief. If anything the children are more mischievous, smoking, gambling, telling lies and swearing. Their mischief is shown through out the film in all sorts of way, for instance, when Gordie shots a gun. We chose to perform in a completely naturalistic style. We felt it would make more sense and stay true to the way the script was originally written. Playing it completely naturalistic was the same as the original television programme and the same as the style of the film as well as similar to 'Stand By Me' We simply used our own ideas for set, costume, props and lighting to bring to bring it to life. Even the props we used we really simple in that we only used an apple and some matches. In conclusion I would say that due to various mean of research I have found out a lot of things about the characters, lifestyle in the time period, clothing and peoples belief that have all helped me play my character as accurately as possible, making the finished performance an achievement and very well done. Asher Amir 11WS ...read more.

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