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Development : Scaramouche Jones After we had looked at how to use different explorative strategies and learned new skills, we were told that we had to develop those ideas and put them to the test by using them to perform a 10 minute extract from the script. We were put into groups of four. I was in a group with Annabelle Miles, Alex O'Connor and Luke Griffiths. We were told that we could use as much of and whatever parts of the script that we wanted to use. The project was a long process and took a lot of thought and we had to make sure that our ideas combined worked effectively. Script Selection In our groups we had to decide what parts of the script we were going to select for our extracts. In my group we talked about cross cutting, but then thought that it would take away the structure that we felt was necessary in the play (Scaramouche as a child to an adult) so we decided to keep the chronological order. We then thought about whether to do each of the Seven White Masks of Scaramouche Jones. ...read more.


This demonstrated the fact that she was vulgar and had to be sexy to attract 'customers'. With regards to Scaramouche, I never looked at him and was violent with my 'affection'. For instance when Scaramouche delivered the line "to the ravishing nuptial embrace of that..." on the word embrace I stroked his hair, but in such a violent way that his head was forced backward. This demonstrated her lack of consideration for Scaramouche effectively. Contrast We used this a number of times throughout our performance. Contrast in a piece gives a sense of bringing the production to life. With no changes a production does not usually hold the audience's interest. Our main use of contrast was during the comic execution scene. We decided to take the lines "He would wink at them, pull faces, and laugh hugely" and deliver them as if I Annabelle and Alex were one of the children watching him in this act. Therefore these lines we delivered with a child like innocence, animated facial expressions with an excited tone, each word over exaggerated and presented loudly. Whilst delivering these lines we made sure our body language also reflected that we were excited children. ...read more.


How We Used The Space We decided to have the audience either side of the drama studio so that a runway was created. We used this runway so that the audience had a rounder view of the performance. By creating this runway there was more of the audience for us to interact with on both sides instead of them just being in front of us. On certain occasions a few of us sat ourselves in the audience and performed our piece so that the audience members became automatically more involved. A Floor map of the space is shown below. By using the explorative strategies we learned early in the project, we were able to do develop them into our 10 minute extracts successfully and effectively. I feel that our performance went smoothly and we carried out the task that was set in the right way. We gained positive feedback from our audience members; the one piece of constructive criticism was to make sure that we shared the lines a bit more equally next time as Luke had a lot to say. That is definitely something to work on in future performances. I enjoyed my time working through the play of Scaramouche Jones, it helped me to gain new skills and I learnt a lot of new techniques that I will continue to use in the future. ...read more.

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