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Drama Stimulus - The Future

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Introduction

´╗┐The Future ________________ After being told that our main topic will be The Future, I was initially reminded about the prospect of robots or the end of the world. We approached this discussion by talking about the past and the huge changes that have happened in the past 30 years. We came to an agreement that the biggest change has been technology, for example the change from vinyl recorders to the CD player. This made me wonder whether our ability of technology could improve further or if we had reached the extent of our abilities. We then went on to discuss ideas on the possible future in the next 30 years and how the changes could affect us. I also think these changes will make people lazier and less resourceful. We discussed that the idea of robots would increase unemployment creating a bigger divide between the rich and poor in society. We also considered the fact that scientists produce such items due to their inspiration from movies made by people with creative minds. This reminded me that it was not just scientists who collaborate to make the ideas of the future possible. ...read more.

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We made the performance a little non-naturalistic to express the nightmare quality of the piece. To portray tension and build anticipation we ended our piece with a countdown choosing very irregular numbers making it very unpredictable and throwing the audience off guard. As a whole, two groups conveyed destruction of society whereas the other two conveyed the literal destruction of the earth. This was interesting as it allowed us to explore the different aspects of our interpretation of the future and broadened our minds to different possibilities of our apocalyptic end. It reminded me that an apocalyptic end didn?t always mean the end of our world itself. Following this, we were told about George Orwell?s novel ?1984? which was based around the future of human society being constantly monitored and watched by the new form of government ?Big Brother?. We explored the main character, Winston?s feelings towards a woman named Julia who joins his workplace but he is unable to communicate with her as this goes against ?Big Brother?. In groups of 2 we had to convey his emotions with no speech up until Julia leaves him a note. All groups showed his hidden emotions and reactions to Julia as well as the restrictions imposed with facial expressions and subtle acknowledgements of each other as well as synchronised movements. ...read more.

Conclusion

On the other hand, I think at times the humour distracted us from our character. By the end of the debate I was still against CCTV cameras in schools but I understood why some people wanted this to happen so badly. We then went on to explore a book written in the 20th Century explaining the near future of our society; this was called ?Clockwork Orange?. The book was based mainly on the prospect of gang culture and was about a boy named Alex and his gang. It described the grotesque and horrible things that they did, such as murder. We compared this to our society today and whether this was the case for us. I think that this could be the same however with the involvement of technology such as CCTV it is incredibly difficult to continuously get away with something such as that. As our task we had to use the explorative strategy of a series of 5 freeze frames portraying the actions of Alex?s gang and the pleasure they gained out of this. I think it was effective to use this explorative strategy as it forced the performers to contain the essence of the scene in one moment. The extra medium of music composed by Beethoven was added in the background to reflect the triumph the gang felt at the time. ...read more.

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