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Evaluation of final performance- devised piece.

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GCSE DRAMA Evaluation of final performance- devised piece. The purpose of our piece was to inform the audience of what actually went on in the German labour camps, and to inform the audience of what it was like to be a child in year 1960's in the time when there were so many problems with Northern Ireland (and still today and before that). We intended to inform you of the sly and inhuman ways in which the Germans tricked Jews into their own death, how families were split apart, and the vicious ways in which they were killed. In the improvisation we wanted to show how difficult it was in Northern Ireland, going to holy cross primary school / high school where there were shootings. We really wanted the audience to feel how so many people died just for the area which they lived in and the religion which they followed. How the teenagers felt, knowing that they could get killed even though they had done nothing wrong. We wanted to show you the amount of power and punishment that goes on in the world that we can barely even think we understand. We decided to organise our work in this way: * Improvisation * Poem * Arbeit Macht Frei scripted piece. We organised our material in such a way that we hoped we would get the effect that the improvisation was fairly modern 1970's (proven by references to modern material e.g. the exorcist film) we wanted to perform the poem in the middle of the improvisation and Arbeit Macht Frei so that it is easy to take in the information we were giving be cause there wasn't so much direct performing of it such as moving a lot or running. ...read more.

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Most children don't actually shed a tear when they cry because they aren't upset but they think they will gain attention by crying hysterically, however young children are terrible actors. To do this I closed my eyes and screwed them up tightly and cried on a high pitch voice with sound but no sniffs or sobs. When Rachael and I were being young protestant children, and I was explaining to her about the Catholics holy communion , I sat down with my legs crossed and played with the soles on my shoes. I think my voice was better here as it sounded a it higher and I think I was more aware of my role as a young child. I think I could have used the stage better here and used more space to create the openness young children have about themselves. When we had to freeze when the other half of the group were talking I stared and kept forceful eye contact on a member of the audience to make them feel intimidated. AS a teenager I walked on from the right hand side of the curtain, I walked on dancing around in a casual way. However Dominique and Kathryn also did this which we did not plan in the rest of the rehearsals and therefore it didn't look casual, more forced like we were trying to say "we were children a minute ago, now we've changed to teenagers which means we've got to act over confident". I intended to look confident when I was sat down, to show the contrast later on to my upset character, however, even though I felt confident on the stage I appeared to look uneasy because I sat with my legs crossed and my arms folded around my stomach, showing my insecurity about it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Her weakness' were as a teenager I think. In my opinion she tried to act too old and like herself in the teenage reality section (our weakest section I think) which made her look too much like her self rather than the character she was supposed to play. Rachael's voice was very quiet throughout the play which was her main weakness I think, if she had projected her voice more it would have been a lot more powerful. Also her costume was quite a lot different to everyone else's, she wore dark purple, everyone else black, which looked slightly out of place. although Rachael was very good in the child hood fantasy part, (when she swore after I did) I was the one which was talking and she showed that she was younger than me superbly by literally looking up at me and saying yes after everything I said, as a shy child would do when cowering behind and older brother or sister. If I did the entire devised piece again I would change many things. I would certainly make my group stick to ideas more therefore leaving us with more rehearsal time to scrub up on things such as fidgets! I would learn my lines as quick as possible too which would also help us have a more polished final piece. I would make the lighting a lot more brighter and symbolic e.g. more red and blue lighting to represent the Catholics and the protestants. I would suggest having a real barrier (card board) to make it more effective and understandable for the audience. My main target for the next piece of work is to get on with it a lot quicker and not to get back tracked by talking about it as much. Simone Reilly ...read more.

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