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Shockheaded Peter Poem - Heinrich Hoffman was a German man from Frankfurt who lived in the mid 1800's.

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Drama Coursework - Essay on Shockheaded Peter Poem Heinrich Hoffman was a German man from Frankfurt who lived in the mid 1800's. Heinrich was a "medical man of the lunatic asylum", who wrote and illustrated many children's poems. They were known as "The Struwwelpeter". The story of the poem we are using as basis is about a little boy who defies his mother by sucking his thumb. As a result, a great tall tailor comes along and cuts his thumbs off. The underlying theme in all of Hoffman's poems was that if you (children) didn't obey their parents, something bad will happen. We introduced our play with 2 monologues from the characters point of view. ...read more.

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They would have governesses instead. The children would play with very simple toys such as abacus's and dolls. However, in the present day, every child has the opportunity to go to school, regardless of their class background. Also, boys and girls have equal rights. The toys that children today play with are very different also. Most of them are electronic and expensive. Our play was quite melodramatic and the style was slightly comic yet sinister. We tried to include a slight atmosphere of suspense and evil as the results in the poem are quite bad. However, to lighten the mood and not make it seem so dark, we tried to make it slightly comic. To create this atmosphere, we used a lot of dimmed lights and never had them on full brightness. ...read more.

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The lights were fairly dim most of the time like in our Suck-a-Thumb play. Like in our other ply, we used a lot of stylised devices. We used freeze frames several times and used a movement technique where 2 people each represented trains heading towards each other and crashing. I think that I performed my roles quite well as I gave all of my performance lots of efforts and energy. I tried my best at the voices and tried to find a voice that suited my characters. I also take care of my positioning on the stage so that the stage looks balanced with the other actors. I think our finished piece was accepted quite well by our audience but I think that they were a bit bored during our monologues which we later realised need to be more interesting and have more action and movement in them. ...read more.

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