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Create an improvisation inspired by The Woman in Black.

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GCSE Drama 1699 - Paper 1 Unit 2 Portfolio A01 = DEVELOPMENT We were asked to create an improvisation inspired by "The Woman in Black". The text we used was an extract from Susan Hill's novel where Spider ran away across the marshes when he heard the mysterious whistle. We came up with many ideas when discussing possible plotlines. We liked several of these, but we decided to drop them. For example: we had an idea where they were lost in a sea of people, and different voices and sounds (such as whistles) could be heard if you listened close enough, but if you listened to hard the ghosts of your past would trap you in their realm. However, we decided that although we liked this idea that it would require more of us to act it and the plot would be difficult to convey. The final plot is a man walking a dog in a misty park, when the lead snaps he loses his dog in the dense mist. He calls for Spider, getting more and more agitated, then an eerie whistle taunts him and he runs around in desperate search where he bumps into figures representing his friends, they don't recognise him, but they make him recollect (by cross cutting) ...read more.

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We used thought tracking to explain and narrate the man's complex feelings in the park so the audience would understand and relate to the pain the man was going through. My making him voice his panic and reveal his inner fears made the piece achieve its purpose and scare and worry the audience, whereas if he was in silence it wouldn't have been as clear, scary or as interesting. Cross cutting helped us convey to the audience that the last instances he saw his loved ones were warm times that suggested a long bond of friendship, and helped us do this quickly, concisely and effectively. It helped the scene dramatically by giving the man a back story so the audience would me more concerned in his plight. We used still image at the beginning and end of each cross cut to make the cross cuts more precise and so it seemed like a snippet of a memory where it was frozen, and how there would have been more to come, but the mysterious park had confused and jumbled them all into one. It helped the scene dramatically by allowing the audience the audience see the relationships between the characters. The elements of drama we used were contrasts and climax/anti-climax. ...read more.

Conclusion

Thought tracking (explorative strategy) has helped me understand the different moments in the text and how his fear could have been heightened at certain points; this made me understand his different actions and how his desperation increased throughout the text. The use of voice (drama medium) has helped me understand the text by knowing that the whistle could have been interpreted in so many different ways. It could have been a sign of hope or of despair which lead him to chase after Spider. By using these strategies, elements and mediums my understanding of drama has improved. I have learnt that plot and content of the story can be developed and improved by using them. For example the element of drama: characterisation has made me understand how to develop a character and how it has helped developing my comprehension of acting in doing so. Drama mediums have also improved my understanding. I never understood the use of sound/music and now I have come to realise it can emphasise and collaborate with a scene to improve and compliment the actions on stage instead of distracting them from it. An explorative strategy such as cross-cutting has helped me understand the variety and depth that can be included in a scene. In conclusion these strategies, elements and mediums have greatly developed my understanding of drama. Holly O'Nione ...read more.

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