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blue remembered hills

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Introduction

Blue Remembered Hills Drama Coursework Response Anna Templeton Blue Remembered Hills was initially broadcast on BBC as a TV production in 1979 by Dennis Potter. The basic story line is about a group of seven seven-year-old children (who are played by adults) playing in the West Country woods in the summer of 1943. The play shows how they find out, through experience, that they are not such innocent children. When we first read through the script, my initial reaction was that the play was slightly dull, I think this was because we were told that we would have to eventually speak in a West Country accent. This made some of the lines in the script such as "if'n we", "'ood go" and "I byunt" very difficult for some people to say. Another complication was that words for Italians were called "Ities" or "Wops". This confused some people and made it more difficult to understand the script. Also at this time, we didn't have any idea or background to any of the characters, so it was difficult to see the statuses in the group and therefore have any opinions about any of the characters. However, there were parts in the script that I liked, and my favourite scene was the one where Donald, Angela and Audrey were playing mums and dads in the barn. ...read more.

Middle

We explored sitting down like children, and we noticed how young children rock around and never sit still. When we were acting as children, it was important to have lots of energy and never stop fidgeting! I tried rocking backwards and forwards and stretching my feet out in front of me. I also made sure that my hands were never still and I was never just staring into space. This was a lot harder to keep up than it sounds! Another lesson we explored further into the persona of a seven-year old, and made dens! The whole mood in our group shifted from being tired-morning-affected teenagers, to excitable seven-year olds! When we spoke (or rather yelled at each other), we spoke in a babyish, more high pitched voice. When we moved around the room, we were running or skipping and when we were making our dens, we had no plan and we just made it! The amount of energy we had was so different from our usual selves and soon the competition between the groups had us shouting at each other "Our den is better that yours!" "No it's not, we've got a slide!" etc. We also started destroying each others dens and stealing tent pegs! Even though everybody was getting involved, the boys were more competitive and physical, whereas the girls were just screaming and giggling! ...read more.

Conclusion

We had to treat and react to the other people by looking at their card. Then at the end of the time we had, we had to put ourselves in status order. I think our group did pretty well, and it gave me ideas of how to react to characters with a higher status that mine in the script. We also read through our scripts and numbered the lines using a status technique. For example, one of my lines was "I want to go home! I want to go ho-o-me!" At this point, my character had a lower status, and we showed this on our scripts with arrows pointing up or down. We also looked at point of very high status, Johns first line "Keep our eyes skinned. That's what we'll have to do," and very low status, Audrey's line "Him won't hurt us, will he?" We also ranked the characters in our group in status order. This is what we decided: (From highest to lowest status) Peter, John, Willie, Audrey, Angela and Raymond, although we found that this order changes at different points throughout the play. One example of status changing with my character is at the end of the play where Angela comes up with the idea of pretending that they had nothing to do with the death of Donald, "Well, we were! Hiding in the trees, weren't we?" ...read more.

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