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GCSE Drama Year 10 Coursework- Evaluation: Stolen Generation For this last workshop our stimulus was to right a speech that Mr Neville presents to his officers about the plan of 'Biological Absorption'. We had to write a speech by him, but present it using the whole group. Part of the stimulus was looking at the themes of power, freedom and control. We used a range of strategies appropriate to the developing process of our work. In this piece of writing I am going to evaluate my group's devised work in as much detail as I can. The audience reaction to our piece was shock. The way we used the whole group in Mr Neville's speech was very effective. The officers were in a meeting with Mr Neville and everything Mr Neville said the officers would react on, however they way that the officers were linked into the speech was by Mr Neville controlling the characters movements as if they were puppets, that links to the stimulus of control. ...read more.


The strategy of the puppets was effective mainly with our improvements. We made the change form the zombies to the puppets because it seemed to be a better, more understandable idea of using puppets because it showed all the themes; power- Mr Neville over the Aboriginals, freedom- The one officer who rejected the plans, control- Mr Neville over his officers. The elements and medium of drama that were most relevant to my work were; levels, cross-cutting and non-naturalistic techniques. The use of levels implements the power and control Mr Neville has over his officers that was why we used it. He was standing up and speaking throughout the performance while the officers were either sitting upright or slumped over themselves below him. We cross-cut from the speech, to the scene of one of the officers as a child. She was showing her memory of living with two aboriginal children, and back again to the speech scene. ...read more.


All of the officers had masks and they were all white except the rebel officer. The use of masks showed that the officers weren't as important as Mr Neville and it took away their identity. Freedom. The officers were almost trapped inside the masks and the only way to get out of it was for the string to be cut. The weaknesses of our piece were the length and the variety of drama techniques. The piece was only three scenes long however if we added a couple more scenes to it we could develop an even better story line. In doing that the overall piece would improve. The drama techniques that we included in our piece were; movement levels and cross-cutting. If we used scarfar in the speech it would create an atmosphere in the audience that would be added onto the suspense created by the use of puppets. The things we would say in the scarfar would represent the aspects of power freedom and control, each person saying a different thing relating to one of the three themes. ...read more.

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