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The title of my devised piece is Resentment. The piece is about young catholic birthmothers being forced into adoption by their parents. It is based on the stimulus of oppression in society.

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Comparative essay The title of my devised piece is Resentment. The piece is about young catholic birthmothers being forced into adoption by their parents. It is based on the stimulus of oppression in society. There is a main oppressor and a main character that is oppressed but each character is being oppressed in some way. The piece is set in modern day but jumps from 1985 to the present day and in England. I will be comparing my devised piece to The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht. This play is set after the Second World War in a badly shelled Caucasian village. I will be comparing the themes and styles Brecht uses in the play to the ones that are used in the devised piece. I will also be linking and comparing the theme of oppression with 'theatre of the oppressed'. This is a type of forum theatre created by Boal. Forum theatre is an interactive form of theatre that transforms theatre from the "monologue" of traditional performance into a "dialogue" between audience and stage. ...read more.

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Throughout the play Grusha is oppressed by her status. She is turned away by the 'women' at the inn because she used to be a servant and they thought that she would try and steal from them. She is forced into marring an old man because she needed somewhere to stay and didn't have any money to look after the baby anymore. Although she was oppressed all through the play but in the end justice wins and she is allowed to bring up the baby. This is a happy hopeful ending. The ending to our devised piece is the complete opposite, the story goes back in time to before the birth to show that it's a constant circle; nothing will ever be changed because there is always a shadow of doubt hanging over the oppressed head. The style of my devised piece is similar to the Caucasian Chalk Circle in the way that we are using projections in the first scene to explain the story and to make the piece less realistic. ...read more.

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The major similarity with forum theatre and my devised piece is that I am trying to show how a person can be oppressed in many ways and that oppression can be a cycle. The oppressor has to be oppressed by something or someone for them to force their oppression onto someone else. The major differences linked between my devised piece and the Caucasian Chalk Circle is that my devised piece is very emotional and the characters are trying to get the audience to relate with them and get emotionally involved, whereas Brecht doesn't want the audience to involve themselves with the characters. A major similarity between my devised piece and the Caucasian Chalk Circle is that Brecht questions society in his plays because he wants the audience to go away and do something about the situation; we have used this in out devised piece. We are questioning the rights parents have over their child's situation and how much the church can influence people lives. In conclusion my devised piece has taken some techniques used by Boal and Brecht but put them into a different context to show individuality and original views. ...read more.

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