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The task my group was given was to perform a movement piece representing a storyline typical of the Wild West along to the song “Wild Wild West” by Will Smith. We could use movement in any way we chose e.g. dance or mime, so we decided to use a

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The task my group was given was to perform a movement piece representing a storyline typical of the Wild West along to the song "Wild Wild West" by Will Smith. We could use movement in any way we chose e.g. dance or mime, so we decided to use a mixture of all techniques. Working as a group we all tried to let everybody have an input to the performance and ended up using the best of everybody's ideas. One of the suggestions I had that the group introduced to the performance was the idea of a split stage at the beginning of the piece. This showed the sheriff riding into town on his horse and tying him up outside the bar. Not only adding time onto the performance, which is initially why we included it, it gave the audience more an idea of what kind of character Dylan Parker the sheriff was. ...read more.

Middle

He swoops away from Molly's kiss in a disrespectful, cheeky manner as if looking down on her. He then sits beside Lonely Luke and Begins a game of cards. Dylan Parker is challenged by Molly to a gun fight. Struggling with the two gunmen Lonely Luke and Bert get shot. Admiring their work Molly and Dylan Parker smile at each other and leave the bar arm in arm. To add a bit of humour to this ending, we then brought Rye back and he begins having conversations with the dead corpses. The character I played was Dylan Parker the sheriff. He is quite important in the community and is obviously very courageous and well respected; I tried to show this by using bold, firm movements. Whilst walking into the bar I swaggered and looked calm, cool and collected, almost with a look of superiority about me. ...read more.

Conclusion

Molly was dressed in a frilly can-can dancer skirt. These costumes were perfect for the setting as they suited the time of the Wild West. If we'd had more time it would've been good to perhaps have paid attention to small details such as footwear, accessories and make-up. The props we used also improved the piece. Props included glasses for the bar, hats, playing cards and guns for the sheriff and molly. This was ideal and we didn't particularly need anything else. We all collaborated and managed to create a good end performance using all appropriate props, costumes and theatre arts available to us, although there is no such thing as perfection. One area we could've improved is our definition in character. By that I mean emphasising the characters movement and facial expressions that represented them well. This could've been helped by creating freeze shots during rehearsals to develop this area, but on a whole I think it worked exceedingly well. ...read more.

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