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Drama Coursework - The Interrogation

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DRAMA COURSEWORK THE INTERROGATION We worked in a variety of groups to build the context of the drama through improvisation. The theme of the project was being trapped or alone in isolation and as students, we had to unravel the plot. We used skills such as monologues, freeze frames, flash-forwards and flashbacks, and non-naturalism to explore the background and future of the central character. The drama teacher went into role as a prisoner and performed a monologue. The prisoner had been locked in a room, they could see a one way mirror, and a camera and they were in a straightjacket. They were scared and aggressive this was shown by a wide eyed look and tense body language. This made the audience want to know why the person was there, what would happen to them, what was the photo and why was it important, and who was watching them? ...read more.

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We then used a split scene to show who was holding him and why he was there. We also used a flashback to show what the photo was. The effective parts of the scene were the split screen because it gave the basic outline of what had happened to the prisoner from an objective point of view; and the monologue because the prisoners emotions were conveyed through his voice and body language. For the freeze-frame of the photo, we showed the family of the prisoner to build character depth and to explain why he was in prison. We made it effective by showing how the family then showing the prisoner in his dark depressing cell. We started off by showing what happened when the photo was being taken then we flashed forward to the prisoner where we used voices in the head to show the prisoners emotions. ...read more.

Conclusion

The mime built tension and also gave depth to the voice over. The narrator and the prisoner were linked by both appearing to feel pain at the same time at a certain point in the story. This scene showed how the prisoner was taken to the cell and it showed some of the things that had happened to him beforehand. For the final scene, we showed the prisoner attempting escape from the military base. We used conscience and slow motion to show this scene effectively. The conscience section resolved one of the mysteries of the plot: whether or not the prisoner had murdered his family. The slow motion gave a dramatic death for the prisoner. During this project, I have improved my listening as I have tried to encourage other people to talk more in the planning of a drama piece. My favourite part of this project was the final scene where we got to show how it all ended it was very enjoyable to produce. Adam Guest ...read more.

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