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I am going to discuss my devised thematic work - I will also out line my piece and state how and why I created the piece of theatre I did - I am going to compare and contrast it with the film "Dance with a stranger".

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Comparative writing I am going to discuss my devised thematic work. I will also out line my piece and state how and why I created the piece of theatre I did. I am going to compare and contrast it with the film "Dance with a stranger". Dance with a stranger was made in 1985 and directed by Mark Newell. The reason I am going to compare and contrast my piece with the film "Dance with a stranger" because both my piece and the film dealt with the subject Ruth Ellis and the subject of injustice which was the groups starting stimulus. Our starting point Ruth Ellis, the last women to be hanged in 1955... My group and I researched the topic and did various drama improvisations in and around the topic including several freeze frames of the shooting of David Blatley. Our work began under the umbrella 'A Sense of Injustice'. We took the issue of tragedy and injustice from Ruth Ellis' story, because my group felt that these two topics go well together. ...read more.

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"Dance with a stranger" was all set in 1950. There are no similarities between when my piece of theatre is set and when "Dance with a stranger is set" There were four main characters in my piece. The mother (rose), her ex-husband (Jeff), and her two twin daughters (Holly and Polly). The mother and daughters live in fear of Jeff. Jeff is a tense, obsessive and aggressive character and is always on edge. Rose is caring and very protective of her daughters. Rose's was from a loving background; Jeffery was obsessive of rose from a young age and had an abusive childhood. Jeffery's culture shows why he is so aggressive and tense. Roses culture shows that she is loving and caring. Rose and her daughters lived in fear of Jeff. Roses culture shows that she is unused to being in fear as she has always been cared for. Jeffery's aggressive, abusive culture contributes to our tragic theme as his character reflects the tragedy. ...read more.

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The part of our piece where it is not naturalistic is when Rose is having dreams about Jeff and we show them so the audience knows what she is dreaming. The piece is also full of flashbacks and narration. We did the flashbacks in between parts of Rose telling the story. We would turn the lighting of then switch it back on when we begin the flashback. This was a simple but effective way of using this technique. "Dance With a Stranger" is naturalistic. It contains no un-naturalistic techniques such as flashbacks, narration, voice-overs etc. It was completely naturalistic unlike my piece. I think my piece was successful as we had an emotional response from the audience. Our theme of injustice and tragedy was conveyed well to the audience. Our ideas, for example our flashbacks. The audience responded well to the flashbacks and understood what was gong on. It was very valuable to start with Ruth Ellis and 'A sense of injustice because it gave us the motivation to look up stories of injustice and tragedy. It also gave us a good base to build on. Emma Wilson 11G ...read more.

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