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"Teechers" - Part 1 Assessment

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"Teechers" - Part 1 Assessment My practical work took place in March 2004 and was a piece of scripted work in the style of a Comedy Drama. This was shown in Physical Theatre and is for option 2. I performed a segment of the play "Teechers" by John Godber. The main theme behind this piece was the relationship between students and their teachers. I am going to compare and contrast this piece to another play called "Shakers" which is of a similar style and is by the same writer. The format of "Teechers" is a play set within a play where 3 or more students perform memories from their time at secondary school; this means that the actors/actresses must play multiple characters. "Teechers" is set in a modern day Secondary School in England. My contribution was to play two characters called Gail and Nixon; my main character was Nixon who was a young casual male teacher new to the school in which the play was set. ...read more.

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Other differences are that "Shakers" is an all female cast and therefore is ideal for a female audience as it talks about the female perspective on men. Whilst "Teechers" is both female and male cast and therefore appeals to all. Also "Teachers" is about a play within a play where as "Shakers" isn't. The characters in the beginning of "Teechers" are all school children with ages around 15 and 16. These characters are "Salty", "Gail" and "Hobby". They are the three students that end up acting out a play about other characters that are teachers. The teachers that appear in the segment of the play that I performed were "Mr. Nixon", "Mrs. Parry" and "Mr. Basford". In contrast, the characters in "Shakers" are older that the characters in "Teachers". However they have similarities in the way they behave towards their peers such as the way both sets of characters use swear words in their dialogue to show their feelings. ...read more.

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What I mean by this is that I was helped a lot more with watching how situations from "Teechers" are dealt with by real people in reality. Because of this I was able to develop a much more real life character and create more complex skills in acting. In conclusion I would like to say that I have benefited from the challenge of having to learn how to play more than one character and creating my own way of performing each one individually. From this piece I have also learnt the importance of having a strong character through the hard work and effort I have done with my research and acting. I have enjoyed working on this piece as I found the script was well written and very funny. It was a great opportunity to really get to know a lot more about scripted work and what it's like working in Physical Theatre. ...read more.

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