• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The two plays that I have chosen to compare are "Road" by Jim Cartwright and "Can you keep a secret" by Winsome Pinnock.

Extracts from this document...


Drama Coursework The two plays that I have chosen to compare are "Road" by Jim Cartwright and "Can you keep a secret" by Winsome Pinnock. "Road" had its theatrical debut in 1986, at the Royal Court Theatre in London, and was later adapted by the BBC to a film in 1987. "Can you keep a secret" was written in 1993 and was one of the many successful plays written by Winsome Pinnock. "Road" is a play that scopes into the lives of a number of people living down the same run-down, poverty stricken road. By use of a narrator, Scullery, we are introduced to all the main characters in the road and given a brief insight to their tragic and almost pathetic lives and pastimes, which mainly revolve around drink, drugs and sex. "Can you keep a secret" is a play about the after affects of a racist killing, particularly on a teenage girl who has to face up to a moral dilemma, whether to tell the truth or keep quiet for her boyfriend who is the murderer. ...read more.


A lot of the characters in "Road" have similar attitudes. "Can you keep a secret" talks about identity in a slightly different way. It demonstrates what many teenagers experience when growing up and learning what to do and what not to do. Teenagers are often faced with confusion about identity, particularly their own. This play demonstrates this, with many of the characters knowing inside them that something is wrong but not having the courage to face up to it. Letting others cloud their judgement. " We're like Siamese twins. If one gets hurt the others feel it." Here one of the boys, Chunky, insisting on his loyalty to Sean after he just killed Derek. This sort of attitude, when concerning something as serious as a murder is very naive but is a common problem within teenage problems. The other themes in "Road" include depression, dis-satisfaction with ones life and existentialism. ...read more.


"Can you keep a secret" however has a more conventional structure, and has more dialogue between characters to tell the story compared to "Road". The whole script is interaction between characters to tell the story. You do not learn as much about the characters in "Can you keep a secret" as you do in "Road" as "Road" is based upon deeper analysis of characters and their lives by monologues and the characters talking directly to the audience and opening up to the audience. "See how easy you can slip when you're a scientist in the slums." Professor, talking about his life, almost ashamed of his experiences. In "Can you keep a secret" there is no interaction with the audience and the audience are 'distanced' from the characters and story. Whereas with "Road" the play 'breaks the 4th wall" and the characters get fully involved with the audience on and off stage and talk direct to the audience in character. Which allows the audience to get a deeper understanding of each character. Farah Muman 11L Ms Micklebrough ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. The stimulus we were given to look at was the play 'Too Much Punch ...

    I played him with a quiver in my voice because he was worried about being involved and also shaken to see such an accident. The second piece of practical work we were to develop from 'Too Much Punch for Judy' was to devise an abstract interpretation of a nightmare.

  2. A.I Coursework

    not feel pain or be scared by the destruction, but a robot that feels emotions is practically human, so destroying it would almost be like murder. Arguments over such cases would may be never be resolved and could result in a war between humans and robots for robots' freedom to

  1. Drama Coursework

    Then Isha gets off the bench and asks Sam why his there and Sam replies back asking her when she's going to take care of the child. Then everyone freezes and Isha has a thought tracking about why he had to do this.

  2. Plot and subplot -

    He feels that if he is to redeem himself amongst the convicts, he should act in the play with them. The first rehearsal does not run smoothly due to conflicts between the convicts. Also, some convicts do not turn up.

  1. Analyse and compare the opening sequences of 'The Bill' and 'Murder City'.

    'The Bill' has a musical piece that catches attention. The music is like a catalyst that makes the audience feel that the characters of 'The Bill' are like them and have similar lives and problems. They can then easily get adjusted into the atmosphere of 'The Bill'. 'Murder City', however, begins with calm and normal sounds that suddenly turn loud and pumping.

  2. Form and Structure of 'Two'

    Small sections of play are sometimes dramatic to keep the audience interested and this builds up suspense for the ending and helps create tension so that it builds up the finale of the play.

  1. Road by Jim Cartwright - Notes on the plot and Subject matter of the ...

    Secondly, the fact that the images were projected in dull greys, white's and black's with no colour served to give the atmosphere a grave feel. 4)During the interval the actors, in role, came and mingled with the audience and a live disco was playing.

  2. How has your practical work developed your understanding of Medea by Euripides and Two ...

    There would be no special sound or lighting effects as this would spoil and modernise the exotic and ancient feel of the beach setting. My costume design would be simple but effective, placing Medea in a red linen gown and all the Greeks in white, highlighting the fact that she's a foreigner.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work