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Drama - Rebellion

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21st December 2004. Drama - Rebellion. Angela Conway. We started our work on rebellion as a class by thinking of all the terms and groups of people associated with rebellion: we came up with terrorism, strikes, the French revolution, motorbikes, drugs, alcohol, anarchy, protests, sit-ins, rock music and teenagers along with others. My first improvised scene was in a group of three. I played a modern day teacher, who was trying to start a lesson, but the two students were being disruptive. When one pupil storms out of the lesson, and I bring him back in, the other is about to leave. We decided to use a dramatic technique and so put a freeze frame at this point, then a flashback to when I as the teacher was a teenager in the 1960's, in a protest against cutting down trees. This brought irony to the piece, as it showed the person who was against the rebellion was once a rebel herself. I think this piece went well, even thought we never performed it to the class, because when we were practicing the characters seemed real and not too 'over-the-top', we chose a good moment for the freeze frame as it was tense and emotive, and it did fit the rebellion criteria over two sets of generations. To have improved the piece even more, we could have made it a bit longer, and perhaps expanded our knowledge of the characters by spending more time considering exactly what they would do in different situations. ...read more.

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As such, I got to play two very contrasting roles and portray my abilities to play different characters with different body language, attitude, voice and actions. My new character was quite timid, and was ordered around by her husband. She put on a happy face in front of guests but was secretly discontented. She acted differently around different characters, which showed her to be unstable in herself. I enjoyed playing both characters and, even thought it was a bit of a rush at the last minute to know when the second character came on and off and what she did; I think I played both characters to the best of my ability. Some other members in my group I think used good body language to show emotions without words. I observed them and took this into account for future performances. The next task we did as a whole class. One girl in the class was picked to play Amanda, a teenage schoolgirl with many problems. Each member of the class was given a role to play in connection to her. I was chosen to be an enemy of Amanda's at school. We then as a class did a drama technique called 'conscience alley' , in which Amanda walked down the middle the classroom, and the other members of the class made two rows, one at either side of her. As she walked down the room, whoever se walked past would say something to her, or something about her, in their given character. ...read more.

Conclusion

We were in a group of four, and one person directed the freeze frame and the others were molded into position. In our freeze frame, two people were in the middle of signing a contract but a worker had stormed into the office and was attempting to take the contract off them and rip it up, as she was against it, and was rebelling. I played the worker. In the freeze frame, I used my facial expression to show my emotions. We performed the freeze frame in front of the class, and others performed their freezes too. The rest of the class studied the freeze frame and had their own input into it, as in forum theatre. For one freeze frame, I commented on how the style of dress of one character was good as it reflected what their character was like. The character in question was wearing his tie in a very messy fashion, showing him to be lazy and untidy. After the freezes we then went on to act out the scene leading up to that freeze, using dramatic techniques such as soliloquies. During the whole rebellion work, I have managed to play many different and interesting characters and develop them. I have studied many dramatic stage techniques and ways of performing, such as forum theatre and conscience alley. I think that I have managed to expand my knowledge of playing different characters and different ways to show emotions, like understated emotions, body language and gesture, not just speech. Angela Conway. ...read more.

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