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Drama Essay - Delilah's tale.

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Drama Essay (Delilah's tale) When informed that this was our first important improvisation assessment, My group (Perry Goyen, Eloise Cooke and myself) struggled for ideas as to what sources we should base our piece on. We visited the Schools library, watched historical videos and looked at Internet sights of various different things, in order to find interesting historical, cultural and social sources. After much debate we finally agreed on these three sources Ruth Ellis, Chicago directed by Rob Marshall, and "A Child Called It," the heart-rending story of his own life by David Pelzer. We felt our sources were all related as the story of the late Ruth Ellis often provokes mixed emotions, The murder of David Bentley is some what alike to the murder of an unfaithful husband in Chicago. To relate with these stories we took sentiment, traits and feelings from the young boy in "A child called it". ...read more.


In this play the use only two actors but they play a total of more than six characters. They do this successfully by changing voices, body movement and characteristics. This was essential to our piece as we had only three people in our group. We tried to swiftly and quickly transform into different characters to make the piece more interesting to watch. We tried to transform into complete opposite characters to enhance the fact that we had changed. In one scene I played three characters, the narrator, Delilah and an egotistical immature man named Dave to contrast with Delilah. Our stage was simple and straight forward, we felt this would contrast with the complex story of Delilah. We also decided to keep the stage simple so that the audience could use imagination, as well as us using physicality to show other parts of stage, such as doors and sofas. ...read more.


We used Chicago because we thought it was a strong cultural musical. The fourth scene saw Eloise and I acting as male characters, we pondered on the type of men that would visit strip clubs and we stereotyped a chauvinistic, bigoted type of man. We then decided that David Bentley was the type of man to visit one, this balanced well with the previous scene. When we first practiced this scene I struggled to express that I was a man, Eloise and I decided to sit outside and observe males in our school. We noticed there posture was somewhat more slouched, there movement seemed more rigid, we experimented with voices and decided low ones were most appropriate. I felt we played our characters well as we explored exaggerated typical male actions. In scene five we explored how some one like Delilah would fall in love with anyone that would show her kindness. As she had always felt pressured to do things in the past, this felt to her like it was solely her decision to love Bradley. Ruth Ellis had been a victim of domestic violence. ...read more.

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