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Comparing "Blue Rembered Hills" and "Friends"

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Comparison between 'Blue Remembered Hills' and 'Friends' Recently we performed a scripted assessment of Blue Remembered Hills, this was based on research that we did about life in the Second World War and the writer Dennis Potter. In this essay I will compare Blue Remembered Hills to the popular TV series Friends, created by David Crane. I will be looking at the similarities and differences between the two pieces of performance. Blue Remembered Hills is very different from Friends as it is much more naturalistic and the simplest in form and content. However this simplicity and naturalism in the writing is in contrast to the performance. This is because Potter has chosen to have his seven-year-old characters played by adult actors; this is not in keeping with the naturalistic themes of the play. By doing this Potter has managed to highlight the children's emotions and actions by having them all most magnified. Whereas Friends is more down to earth and modern, with actors playing the right aged characters. Blue Remembered Hills is the story of a group of seven, seven year olds on a summer holiday afternoon. ...read more.

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This shows that Donald is not only being treated badly by his mother but also by his friends. In our performance of Blue Remembered Hills we all had to play children. I played Willie; to show Willie was seven years old I emphasized a child's normal behavior and mannerisms. One way I did this was by standing with my toes pointed inwards and my hands left hanging loosely by my sides, or running around aimlessly and making weird noises. I had to make this behavior look natural, as Blue Remembered Hills is a naturalistic play. This is different from Friends, because the characters are playing normal people around their age, in the modern day way of life. In both Blue Remembered Hills and Friends the actors only play one role, and the only way they could convey their emotions to the audience is through their interaction with the other characters, This also means that the actors have to look more closely at their actions, mannerisms and body language, as the audience will interpret all of these to determine what the character is thinking and feeling. ...read more.

Conclusion

In this essay I have looked at the similarities and differences between Blue Remembered Hills and Friends. I have learnt that even though they are very different style pieces they use many of the same techniques. I have also learnt that Dennis Potter does not write simple plays and that although at first they seem to be simple as you look at them more closely you realize that he says a lot about society and human behavior in his plays, all be it indirect in the case of Blue Remembered Hills, all of this is left open for individual interpretation. If I were to approach his work again I would research the society and culture it was set in more thoroughly so I could discover what it was he had been trying to say to the audience through the play, and Friends could touch any part of the audiences emotions, in some cases, playing with two emotions at once, for example, adding comedy to a sad scene. To be able to understand the Concept of Friends and what the scriptwriters are trying to convey you have to be living in modern day, middle class life. ...read more.

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