• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Drama
  • Word count: 3465

Drama Course Work

Extracts from this document...


Saint Joan Our first task was non-naturalistic, choral work using a short piece of text. By use of non-naturalistic drama, we learnt that when Joan heard the voices, she was probably scared and worried that she was going mad, but she may have been happy, as she knew God was talking to her, telling her what to do. We saw two sides of the story, one where she was pleased to hear the voices of saints and one where she was very afraid. The actors who played the saints used hushed voices, which helped me to understand that what Joan heard may have been supernatural, and frightening, making her unsure of her convictions. We had the saints move closer into Joan's personal space. This made us understand that Joan may have felt invaded, or encroached, and in turn afraid. The lines that we used, were repeated and said in choral, but sometimes, one actor would just say the lines, but in a loud, firm voice as if to order Joan. This showed us that Joan might have been persuaded by the voices, truly believing that they were giving her God's message. Next, we did some scripted work. We had a small extract from the play, "Saint Joan," by George Bernard Shaw, which was about Joan's arrival in the town of Orleans and how she met the commander of the army there; Dunois. We were in groups of two. We portrayed Joan as impatient, masculine, and uncaring about what her soldiers were doing; this showed us that she was in "love with war" and was determined to do what ever she could to win the battle and reclaim France from the English. Dunois, we portrayed as a sceptical, uninterested, and disbelieving; he couldn't understand how Joan was so sure of her plans. Joan had to show how sure she was, as the men didn't believe that she was able to succeed as a commander of a battalion of men. ...read more.


JOAN Is this the time for patience? Our enemy is at out=r gates and here we are stand doing nothing. Oh, why are you not fighting? DUNOIS Come let me begin to make a soldier of you. HE TAKES HER TO THE WATERS EDGE Do you see those two forts at the end of the bridge? JOAN Yes. Are they ours or the enemy's? DUNOIS Be quiet and listen to me. If I were in either of those forts with only ten men, I could hold it against and army. The English have more than ten time ten soldiers in those forts to hold against them. JOAN They cannot hold against God. God did not give them the land under those forts they stole it from him. He gave it to us. I will take those forts. Our men will take them. I will lead them. DUNOIS Not a man will follow you. JOAN I will not look back to see whether anyone is following me. I will be the first up the ladder when we reach the fort. My heart is full of courage I will lead and your men will follow; that is all I can do. But I must do it; you shall not stop me. DUNOIS Good. You have the makings of a soldier in you. You are in love with war. HOSPITAL IN BRUSSELS EDITH Quiet now, we must not wake them. NURSE I don't think that is the most important thing right now. Edith, there are German police coming. They want to arrest you! EDITH I'm not afraid. NURSE Why ever not? EDITH I have done all I can in this world. I, perhaps wish that I could have had longer to see the help my achievements have done. But I know that no matter if I leave this world now or later, that the work I started here will continue to be done. THERE IS A LOUD BANGING AND BOTH WOMEN LOOK UP, FEAR IN THEIR EYES. ...read more.


Halina Birenbaum The stylised drama was brilliant. It was terrifying and mystifying at the same time, for the beats of the soldiers beating down the doors hit you right in the chest with terror, even though you knew it was acting. It was easy to get the mood and the impact was phenomenal. I especially enjoyed hearing the thoughts of the soldiers; how the people playing them could come up with such varied opinions on their task. Another excellent piece was the frozen pictures of the journey from the train to the camp. We all ended up in awkward positions and staying frozen for the minute we did made it uncomfortable to stay frozen. This gave us a weak idea of what the pain these people must have been going though, which helped us to build up Halina's character. The rehearsed improvisation of the scene when Hilek was taken to a separate of the camp was interesting to do. It was a very emotional piece and this was shown though many way but mainly though body language and voice. There was a strong character relationship and this was shown for our group through how each woman had a different way to say goodbye to Hilek. One group had Hilek declare his love for Hela as he was being dragged away, which was a beautiful idea but could have been portrayed slightly better, I think. It was difficult to hear what he was saying over the noise from the guards and the noise that the women were making. I loved doing the essence machine; it was a very clever way to produce the feeling without doing an actual piece of drama. We used voice and movement to show how after a while the people felt crushed and defeated with no hope. My favourite group in this repeated each noise three time, each time getting more crushed until the only person left standing, the warden, said, "Dead" and they all fell to the ground. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Personal Performances section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Personal Performances essays

  1. GCSE Drama Coursework - Billy Liar Section One: The Response PhaseFor the response ...

    By marking the moment we can accurately see how the relationship develops and changes at important points. You can conclude from this exercise that Billy and Geoff have a very complicated and difficult relationship. Geoffrey has a very naturally gruff manner and clearly finds it very difficult to articulate his feelings as you can see from this scene.

  2. GCSE Drama The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Development and Evaluation of a ...

    This would symbolise the hostages calling for help and screaming at the top of their lungs but still, no body hears them. So to the rest of the world, they do not make a noise. I would improve the last part where everybody had to untangle themselves from the web

  1. Four others and I devised a piece, which was called Radio Times and lasted ...

    He sits in his chair and orders people around to do everyday jobs for him I was inspired for the part while watching the Jackson

  2. Courtroom Drama

    "I swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth", answered Anna. "Anna Wilson can you confirm where you were on January 2nd 2008?", questioned Mr Oak. "I arrived at Steven's house at 5:30pm. We watched a film and had a meal.

  1. car crash

    The gentle breeze turned into a vicious and evil beast as the vehicle swept passed with full speed. At this innocent time in the triumph I felt was incredible there was nobody in this narrow world that could defeat me, I was untouchable. The drizzling rain splattered on the windscreen.

  2. I heard It on the news

    Much like in 'Equus' , which proved very useful as a base for our own interpretations of our characters. We also used the idea of judgement. Much like in 'Equus', we used a psychiatrist as the main voice. Their sensationalised view of events was in contrast to the real sadness,

  1. Personality reflection - the life of Princess Diana.

    Wearing the crown and the ring, I was given respect as well as responsibility and pressure. After the marriage, my life seemed perfect. On June 21, 1982, I gave natural birth to our first son, William Arthur Philip Louis. Well, we did have a disagreement over what to call our

  2. Drama work on the theme of oppression.

    His improvisation was top class and so too were the people in the line as they did well to take it seriously and not laugh as we do have a few immature people in my class, i can be included in this catagory at times.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work