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Drama work on the theme of oppression.

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Drama GCSE Unit 1 In our first unit we looked at opression (mans Inhumaity against other men) in general but we mainly looked at opression in Nazi Germany from 1936-45. We discussed things such as the death camps all over the world and we collected information about this and other types of opression over time. Over this Unit we used many different techniques to help us portray opression in a variety of ways. Whilst looking into opression, we were shown things to trigger responses from us all. One of these things were pictures from the Miami Holocaust Memorial built in memory of the thousands of jews killed during the reign of Adolf Hitler. Seeing these pictures gave both me and my class mates an idea of how bad things were for the jews. Although these pictures gave us a slight idea of what was to come it made the class realise that this unit was very serious. We also looked at other aspects of oppression from different eras and cultures. For me i believe oppression is rich and powerful stopping the "lesser People" from having their say. There are many examples of oppression over time such as the slave trade, Hitlers genocide of the jews and to the present day Robert Mugabi and the way he treats the public of zimbabwe. ...read more.

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i wondered how i was going to play the charactor of such an evil person after i am not a horrible person. But without even thinking the charactor of the German SS Soldier quickly took over me. it got to the point when Erin fell over my feet and i gave her a slight kick whislt she was down, afterwards i felt very ashamed about my actions towards her. After that was done Our teacher asked the Three "soldiers" (of which i was one) how they felt and each of us said they enjoyed it (even though i did kick someone). I think i enjoyed it the most though as i had a massive smile on my face. It was nice to have the power over my peers and make them do what i wanted them to do. As the Soldier i only saw it as a job to do and nothing else. None of us felt guilty in what we did but some people were a little disgusted in us. We started by taking the story of oppression as far back as biblical times with the story of Herods massicare of children. This is were herod thought the children could be a threat to him as the prophecy said "They will become kings of the future". He then ordered every family to take their eldest child to the town sqaure to exectute them. ...read more.

Conclusion

because of the intense start to the performance i feel that the information would have sunk in better with the audience. In our 3rd scene we change time period and we go to the slave trade. In this scene we are at a slave auction and two blacks are being sold. A couple walk on looking at these people pondering on whether to buy them. After some time the woman asks whether the slaves love each other in which one replies "yes" so they decide to buy one and splt them apart from eachother which very often happend during that time period. I partically liked that part as we hoped that the audience would feel something for the slaves and then also feel that sinking feeling knowing that they wouldnt see eachother again whilst gaining important information at the same time. Our final scene is the 2 German SS soldiers talking about thier first kills and making "black Humor" jokes. Overall i felt that this development piece was fantastic as i thought we came up with some strong ideas and our acting and staging was even stronger. although we probably could have put more effort into it we certanly tried out very best. For a sample script see fig.1. Over the 6 sessions i feel that i have done very well. i feel that i contributed well to ideas for our development piece ...read more.

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