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Development phase In my group there are four males including me. We are going to be acting out scene twenty-one from the play Ghetto, written by Joshua Sobol. The characters in this scene are Dessler, Kittel, Gens and Weiskopf who is played by me. In order to get a good understanding of my character, so that I could perform my part better, I did a variety of things. My group used hotseating techniques, where I sat on a chair and my group stood around me asking me quick fire questions about my character, like age, background and other useful knowledge. If I knew the information I replied with the relevant answer, and if I didn't I looked in the play later and found the information about Weiskopf. I used the book to find out basic facts on family and background. ...read more.

Middle

When Gens, Weiskopf, Kittel and Dessler, were all on stage the top three status characters had to do the same as before and the person with the lowest status, being Weiskopf, while and just before he is beaten up, had to lie on the floor. This helped see how much respect should be given to each character at that time and the tone in which they were to be speaking. The tone going from being important and perhaps intimidating to scared and intimidated. We had lots of discussions in the group, where we talked to each other about ways of improving aspects of our performance from stance to accent. We focussed on commenting on facial expressions and status. The lines that our characters said also showed our status. We had to emphasize some in order to show how the status of the characters was changing. ...read more.

Conclusion

We made up a staging design, which we called key. Key has a long corridor in traverse and at the end a semi circle similar to in the round. This is the blocking we are doing; it will hopefully create tension along the traverse section and then escalate with Kittel in the semi circle. As the blocking is in both traverse and in the round it should be easy for the audience to see key parts of the scene. Also, as the fight is happening in the semi circle it should be straightforward to move around, as well as giving ample space and the traverse section used to drag Weiskopf off stage. It looks like this: As Weiskopf I will walk slowly with Gens stage down towards the semi-circle. When we get there we will almost have finished our conversation and Kittel will turn after waiting at the end. Dessler will walk down the key and will beat Weiskopf up in the semi-circle. Oliver Myland, 11L ...read more.

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