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THE RESPONSE PHASE From the beginning of the course, we had been looking at many different extracts from plays. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Teechers by John Godber and Shadow Of A Gunman by Sean O'Cossey to name a few. During the first part of unit two, we were told that we were going to be looking at the play Teechers. I was very pleased because I personally enjoyed Teechers the most because it was fun and exciting. I was looking very forward to the following six weeks as because I had never studied an entire play before. Teechers is a play written by John Godber who was the head teacher of drama. The whole truck theatre company first performed this play on the 9th August 1987 at the Edinghborough fringe festival. The play is set in the 1980's. During the first week of our six-week course, we firstly found out a little bit of background information about the play then we made a start on reading the play. We started of at reading it line by line while sitting in a semi-circle but then we moved on and started speaking as different characters and we were able to understand what characteristics each character had. We would then go off the script and discuss certain aspects of the scene and marking the moment. We were able to identify the climax and anti climax of the play and we understood that the play was a play within a play. ...read more.


While we were practising the role-play, we noticed that it was directed as Gail using a French accent while delivering the line. This made us understand that by using different accents we can distinguish that in a play within a play the audience understands when the play is being acted inside the play and when Gail is again a student. At the end of this week, we took a highlighter each and as a group we highlighted all the bits that we liked in the play, which were our favourite scenes and then we divided these scenes into chunks and tried to fit all our favourite bits to make it into a new short story. This extract from our favourite bits in the play gave us a new story which we were going to use to develop our piece into the In the third week of the six-week programme, we were given the characters that we were going to play for the ten-minute extract that we were going to perform. Although we were already given set characters we still explored other characters through thought tracking and hot seating. We firstly read through the shortened version of the play speaking the lines we were going to say in the performance but then after that we split up into groups of three's and we practised the scene between Mrs Parry, Mr Nixon and Mr Basford. ...read more.


another and then back to the beginning, this was so that at one time the audience would be able to see how differently the students were in different classes because they had different teachers some who were strict whereas some were not strict and the students would muck around in that lesson. The last lesson of the programme was after the extract was performed. This was an evaluation lesson and we evaluated our work. We appreciated that our performance was very good and it pulled of well. We also engaged the audience well and they were seated on all three sides therefore we made sure that all of them could see it and they were also involved in the play. Performing to an audience was the first time we had done it in this course throughout the year and it was a very good experience as well as frightening, the five minutes before the performance we were at a stage where we as a group thought we would not be able to pull this off but once it started we were ok and it really did go well despite the adrenaline rush, but doing this really did boost my confidence and I think it boosted everyone's confidence as well because we now know what it feels like to perform in front of an audience and this will help us with our devised work which we will be doing later on in the term. Paper 1 unit 2- drama exploration Nirali Patel 1 ...read more.

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