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East is East Development

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Introduction

The Family Portrait In our first exam on East is east we were asked to create a family portrait of the Khan family in our groups. I was Abdul in our portrait and I portrayed this by sitting down quite proud and looking up to George, my father. We also used levels to show the status of all the family members in the portrait, we showed Sajit as the lowest status because he is sitting on the floor but we then showed George being the member with the highest status as his standing up and is looking down on everyone else. In addition, it is a symbolic moment when George rests his arm on Abduls shoulder as it shows a sign of dependence and them bonding. Furthermore, in our portrait we used Drama medium such as space, costume and props. For example, we used space to show how Sajit was very distant from the rest of his family as his sitting further away from the family. We also used costume to show how proud George is by dressing him in a suit. ...read more.

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George is smiling showing that he is pleased with what Ella has done with Sajit and Abdul. This also shows that he expects her to do this always but she does not always agree. In Act 2 Scene 4, our group chose the moment when Abdul came back from the pub and is sitting in the chair crying, he shows this by burying his face in his hands and starts sobbing, while George is praying behind him, Tariq is also there trying to comfort Abdul by placing his hand on his shoulder and kneeling down to his level to try and talk to him. We made this moment into a still image. For Act 2 Scene 5, we chose to make a still image of Tariq, Saleem and Abdul lunging towards Mr. Shah's lap as Saleem's model falls on his lap. This moment is when Saleem's secret is revealed publicly. This shows that even if the whole family tried to hide something from George, it would eventually somehow reach him. EXAM 2 Firstly for the 2nd exam we had to of a mime of either Sajit, Maneer, Tariq or Ella. ...read more.

Conclusion

As a result of this, it helped me to make right decisions about my acting to be able to represent that character much more accurately and in depth. EXAM 4 On our final exam we had to talk about George and his past, I did this by doing hot seating George. As a result I produced some conclusions that helped me understand George's character and background. I asked questions such as how was your relationship with your father, what made you leave Pakistan and so on. I then decided to show George at three different points in the play with still images. For the first I showed him angry at Sajit's none circumcision, secondly when he was with Ella happy and thirdly at the end of the play after his beaten Ella and is crying. I believe that these three moments show different situations that George was in and how he reacted. These scenes really help to understand George's character and help get into his character. My improvisation of his past was when he hears Nazir's news of him becoming a hairdresser. I chose this moment as it might explain where all his anger came from. I believe this is because his trusted Nazir with everything and Nazir disappointed him. ...read more.

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