• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Drama Coursework - The Slave Trade

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Drama Coursework-The Slave Trade For Our first piece of exam work we studied the slaves in the American civil war and the oppression they endured. After brainstorming information we knew about the war we were split into groups and asked to study a photograph of a family of slaves. From their facial expressions and postures we tried to determine what the people were feeling, what they were like and what it suggested about their way of life. The family as a whole looked serious and unhappy. Many of their shoulders were slouched which made them appear exhausted. The father stood in the middle, his arms slightly outstretched by his sides as if to protect and defend his family. His brows were furrowed suggesting he be stressed. The grandfather looked old and wise, his posture slouched. His face looked tired as if he had come to terms with the way their life was. The woman sitting has her face down which immediately indicates little confidence and sadness. The woman standing beside her has a very closed posture with her arms clutched around her middle. ...read more.

Middle

The story told of a young boy being sold to a slave trader and his mother that ran after the boy and 'wept loudly and bitterly over him'. The boy's master had pity but her slave driver did not. When he found her with them he whipped her with his raw hide and dragged her away. We found the story distressing and were shocked by the complete lack of respect the slave drivers had for the black people. Our piece was violent and sad which was intended to move the audience. We decided to incorporate the vastly contrasting places of status into our mime. The slaves who had the lower status were collapsed on the floor beneath their masters. The mother had thrown herself over her son and clung to him desperately, as if her body could protect him. Her facial expression was of distress and anguish which was shown by the wrinkling of her forehead, slanting the eyebrows down and the quick movements of her eyes conveying she was agitated. I played the young boy. ...read more.

Conclusion

This would also enable us to more clearly focus the audience's attentions on to certain characters at different points during the mime. The piece could have also been improved by working out our positioning better so that the audience could always see our faces when intended to. I was aware during the performance that my back was towards the audience and I had to subtly adjust my position. A group I thought worked particularly well was Olly's. The somber procession of the slaves and the master made the audience feel low. Olly hung his head show shame, sorrow and little confidence. David I played the kinder slave master. To show his sympathy he had an unsure facial expression and folded his arms to show discomfort. Nick was very successful at making the harsh slave master scary and intimidating because he walked with such a sense of power. The work we have done on slavery has helped me understand many of the different emotions they must have been though. The conditions and atrocities they suffered were unbelievable and it made me feel angry to think we could treat other humans in such a wicked way. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. My drama script

    the money, so the bad woman again suggested that they should search in each and every ones bag. They found the money in Family A's bag, the rich woman was totally disappointed and asked the police to take them back to their poor house.

  2. Drama Coursework

    I thought the progress we were making in class were good but I felt that we needed some extra time to make our play much better and realistic too.

  1. Performance Studies: Community Project Coursework

    In the scene Charles would be speaking to God whilst indirectly informing the audience of his true feelings and emotions. To make it more believable we used period language. This again would remove the 4th wall and allow audience interaction whilst again creating a totally original scene in the context of our project.

  2. Research into drama productions Analysis of a range of drama productions We have been ...

    I realize now that my reaction was spontaneous as I was quite stressed as I had to very shortly go and appear for an examination, and I did apologize for my behaviour, as in my mind I still feel as I am not to blame as I had informed them about my exam.

  1. Drama Coursework: Absurdism Freeze Frames We used freeze frames ...

    He also kept moving about, cleaning the table and doing some useful jobs while it wasn't busy. Stephen played the barman in a similar way, except he put on his impression of a traditional English way of speaking. Stephen and Luke could have characterised their characters in a completely different fashion from each other.

  2. For my essay I am comparing two different types of TV drama; 'Hustle' which ...

    A high production value would be a very sleek, glossy, professional well made film whereas a low production value would be a very unprofessionally made film that looks 'rough round the edges'. Having a high Production Value is highly important to a program because the audience love the look of the program, maybe more than the content!

  1. A.I Coursework

    Did Spielberg bite off more than he could chew? He feels that Spielberg thinks he is as great a film maker as Kubrick, when actually this critic believes that he is not. Spielberg's A.I was not a failure in the eyes of every critic though.

  2. Drama Coursework

    Also some of the stuff used in my play was imaginary. Section 3 WHAT MY DRAMA IS ABOUT My play was acted in scenes with no acts or sub-plots but with a little bit of help from light effects we showed the audience that the scene is changed which was quicker and easier use of changing the scene.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work