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Drama exercise on 'women of courage'.

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Drama coursework Response In Drama we have been studying 'women of courage'. The first woman we studied was Joan of Arc. We used a variety of techniques starting with a non-naturalistic drama of Saint Joan hearing voices in a dream. This helped me to understand what she would have been told and seen in the dream, of how the angels told her what she had to do with her life. It made me realise how important the dream was and how it had a massive impact on her life. Next was scripted acting of Dunois being persuaded to work with Joan as a fellow officer. It showed me how Joan wanted to work as a fellow officer and all the passion she had towards it. It also showed me that in her time people, especially men, where not comfortable working with women, even more so in the army, fighting. Thirdly, we did an improvisation with narration, including a frozen picture and thought tap, of the attack on St Tourelles. When we did this piece, it showed me how much passion and commitment Joan had for fighting for her country. ...read more.


The tableau made me think of who would be in the hospital at a time like this and where they would be positioned, whether they would jump to save a person they love or hide themselves. The last task we did in pairs was of Edith's meeting with a chaplain before she was killed. This helped me understand how she was feeling before she was killed, how she was unafraid and knew she had helped saved peoples lives. The last woman we did was Halina Birenbaum. The first three tasks of; Halina and her family hiding in an underground bunker, soldiers breaking down the doors, and the families on their journey to the camp, were spontaneous improvisations. They helped me to feel what Halina and her family would have felt as I had no time to think of what to act, but only to react as I would if I was in that situation. They helped me understand the fear that would be running through Halina and her family and to see what they would be thinking and doing at that time. ...read more.


Everywhere Joan went, someone was standing in front of her, telling her what she had to do, like she couldn't get away from them. It had quite an eerie and scary effect on the audience. Most of the things I contributed towards the tasks affected the atmosphere of the scene; for example, in the first task I came up with the idea of saying the last word of the previous person's line, making it sound unnatural and muddled like a dream, also the idea of standing at different heights. For the first task for Edith Cavell, we came up with an extra role of the radio, as there were three of us instead of in a pair and I helped to decide on what she should say and in what tone a radio presenter would speak in those times. I helped create an anxious atmosphere by pacing around in a worried manner. For the last task we did for Halina Birenbaum, I helped set the characters out so that everyone could be seen from the audience, as people had to stand at different angles making this harder to do. I also helped the people in my group to work out what they would say and when, so that it made sense to the narration. ...read more.

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