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Language of performing arts. In Drama we studied different techniques and how to cooperate these techniques into our individual performances. We looked at the abnormal through characterisation and dialogue. We explored how different playwrights used characterisation and dialogue as a way of communicating to the audience. We looked at Steven Berkoff, Samuel Becket and William Shakespeare. All of these playwrights use different techniques which in our final performance we attempted to incorporate them all in some way or another. Samuel Becket is about the theatre of the absurd, the language that Becket uses is emptied of meaning, the words become senseless, useless and absurd. His plays have a dream like quality; he often dealt with real life problems such as dying and isolation. We looked at "end game" which demonstrated the absurdist qualities that Samuel Becket uses. Steven Berkoff has a contrasting style to that of Becket's. His plays often filled with sex and furry he had a certain style of humour. His plays are usually very physical such as "metamorphosis" the actors are under great physical demand. He uses a technique called total theatre which is the idea of the audience using all of their senses. ...read more.

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Once we decided that a plant was going to represent our stimulus we then developed this by using props, and by adding absurd dialogue this linked with Samuel Becket's technique. Also this showed a great contrast as our group was trying to demonstrate the beauty of the plat, its physical shape and movements, then by adding this absurd dialogue shows the total contrast as it is not nice to listen to and confuses the audience. Our set was made purposely very minimal; me only had two large frames and a set of stairs in the back set. This was so that the audience was focused out us as actors and what our performance was about instead of being attracted to our set. Our piece was mainly developed by trial and error; we had general ideas as discussed above but tried lots of different techniques as to how to devise a script. The way we eventually developed a script was by each person in the group writing 2 lines of any topic then randomly put theses together creating absurd dialogue. When we performed our piece everything went well as we had rehearsed many of times and knew the timing and words ...read more.

Conclusion

The feedback from our performance was very positive, the audience liked our starting position- the good use of frames. People picked up on the fact about the physicality around the frame. Due to how well we worked together as group this was picked up though the way we performed as a group and the audience commented that we had ensemble performance. Because of the use of levels this gave our piece great proxemics. Overall I was very pleased as to how our performance went and I feel that we created a piece of drama that I was proud of and would have wanted to watch as an audience member, we as a group had great fun exploring the different techniques used by the different play writes I learnt that through trial and error you can cooperate many ideas into one combined one, this consequently developed our performance as a whole but also developed our skills in devising a drama performance as we were exploring new ideas that we can use for future reference. Therefore the performance was successful and very enjoyable to devise and perform. By Lauren Duckworth ...read more.

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