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For paper one unit two we were told by our teacher that we have to become an actor and a director of certain plays. The plays that we choose and are using for our coursework are 'West Side Story' and 'Blood brothers'.

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24th August '04 Paper One, Unit 2 - Essay Five For paper one unit two we were told by our teacher that we have to become an actor and a director of certain plays. The plays that we choose and are using for our coursework are 'West Side Story' and 'Blood brothers'. In this essay I will be describing the experience of the director and actor. I will explain positives and negatives and how things work out. Thought this essay I will be mentioning explorative strategies that helped me develop into becoming an excellent director and actor. For example 'Thought Tracking' where you pause the scene and the actors say how they feel the character is feeling at that apparent time. That would be an example more from an actor's point of view, from the directors point of view we used 'Forum Theatre'. ...read more.

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At first it was quite hard as you have to get them to respect you but that came quite quickly. After everyone had got into there roles I made them sit in a circle and do 'Hot Seating' the first of my explorative strategies. This is where one person sits in the middle and literally fire question at them. This work really well as it got the actors to really connect to the characters. After a while we went back into the acting which I had to use 'Forum Theatre' to show how to portray the scene. I started telling them what to do. I found that this was not too successful so I traded places into the scene and show the actor how I wanted it to be done. I was pleased with this as from then after they understood what I was trying to tell them. ...read more.

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My forth and final explorative strategy was 'Thought Tracking' much like I explained earlier in my essay. We froze the scene at important times in the scenes for maybe just one or all of the actors to say what they are feeling at that time. I good example of this is in 'West Side Story' where Riff asks Tony to fight the Sharks but Tony can not for the love of Maria. This was powerful as you could really see the situation is. Overall I believe that with out the use of explorative strategies the drama world would not work. I feel that the plays were done to their full extent and I have successfully become a better director and actor. As a group we have improved upon the whole as now we know each other a little better and we can talk more about the improvement that could be done rather than a group shouting at each other! By Laurence Gagen 11SK ...read more.

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