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Brechtian Performance- Combining Themes

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For our 'Epic Theatre' piece we decided to combine the Christian biblical story of 'Adam and Eve' with the social issue of safe sex. Our plan was to use the Roman Catholics' views of safe sex (their view being that condoms are a 'sin' as every sperm is sacred and should not be 'wasted') but instead of encouraging anti-safe sex we attempted to 'poke fun' at this view (because in today's modern society, safe sex is already accepted as a means of preventing STDs and teen pregnancy). We tried to turn the Roman Catholics' views on safe sex into a comedy of sorts, bringing out how ridiculous we personally think it is to not have safe sex in order to influence our audience into believing safe sex is a good thing to be practicing (the act of being safe, not actually sex itself). I played the narrator, my 'job' was to address the audience and explain the story by giving an introduction of what our piece was about. ...read more.

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We also tried to make it symbolize knowledge, which we would later try to parody this concept with the idea of God being a 'dim' character. We also tried to incorporate dramatic gestures in our piece. For example when Jasmin first came out and introduced herself as God, she used wide hand gestures to show how 'high and mighty' she is in the story. Adam and Eve's (played by Ryan and Stephanie, respectively) characters were based upon the very clich´┐Ż, 'high school, jock cheerleader sweethearts'. We also tried to incorporate modern slang and language with words such as 'legit' and 'totally' (stereotypical 'teenage' language that an increasing amount of teenagers find annoying and hardly ever use, which is where the comedy stems from). More of the comedy comes from how Adam hints that he isn't really committed into the relationship, whereas Eve is head-over-heels. The freeze frame technique was also used in our theatre piece when Adam and Eve both freeze during the entrance of Snake/Satan. ...read more.

Conclusion

I spoke about myself in terms such as, "the narrator enters, stage left" and "narrator proceeds to tell audience about..." At the end of the piece we realized might have convinced our audience a little too well that we promoting the issue of anti-safe sex, so just to make sure no one got the wrong idea the narrator summed everything up (using third person and stage direction statements, of course) how condoms should be used during sex. Overall, I think our Epic theater piece was satisfactory. In retrospect, however, I feel that our group could have used more appropriate techniques and involved the audience more in an attempt to break down 'the fourth wall' further than we did. I also feel that we could've tried to incorporate all of the techniques on the list, especially the 'sing a song' (we had altered the song 'Every Sperm is Sacred', but were all too nervous to sing it live so we cut it out at the last minute during the performance and that was one of the bad points as we had actually paused the show to talk to each other about it and the audience noticed). Brechtian Performance- Combining Themes ...read more.

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