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Evaluative phase on bullying.

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Drama GCSE Portfolio work Evaluative phase We had to study a project and our topic was bullying. We had to use different techniques and different view points. We used different styles of drama and different use of language. I though that the project was a good topic because it was a real life topic as this really happens and it helps us to deal with the reality that it exists and we do it through acting and putting in our emotions and feelings. We saw two sides to this topic, one the humour of it and the other the more serious side. Bullying is a common thing to happen and it happens to all of us at one point in our stage of life and we have to deal with that, although bullying can happen anywhere it mostly happens at school. The stimuli that particularly interested me was the Adrian Mole extracts because we had to think of the seriousness of the topic as this was one of our first real performances to start this topic, but we were able to put humour into that and made it easier to act out. The scene that I created for the Adrian Mole extract was that I worked with a partner in my class, Veronica Horwitz, and we read a piece of information that would help us to carry on this scene. Now the information we had was there was a boy called Adrian Mole and he was being bullied by a boy at his school called ...read more.

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I think that it was good because it caused a reaction in people, which was that they think that he should have said something and that we knew that this happened and that most people do not admit that they are bullied because they are afraid of what will happen. We used Forum Theatre by acting out the next scene which was at the head teacher's office and we thought about how she would sort the situation out and handle it. The whole group had to come up with ideas that would help the teacher to resolve the problem. For example if the teacher used the wrong method, someone would shout "Stop" and then suggest a way in which she could change her approach so that she could improve the situation. I suggest that we should try to separate the people who played the bully and talk to them separately. The best idea was that the headmaster should talk to each of the bullies individually and talk to them and use blackmail to try to get answers from them, the idea was that she would say that she was going to call up their parents. I think that schools could use Boal's ideas to stop bullying by maybe making the roles reverse, for example get the bully to play the victim and vice versa. Then they would be able to realize how it felt and how much it affects you. ...read more.

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We learnt about the topic but we did not act it out as we may usually, we mainly discussed and then acted and this gave us a prospective on how to act and what techniques to use, and we learnt how to see both sides of the project. We were not always serious; we put humour to help feel what its like but also how serious the topic is and how important it is to see both sides of the story. For example we used humour in the Adrian Mole extract and seriousness in the soundscape. Also we used different techniques and we used different types of movement and facial expressions. For example I used a slow movement in the Adrian Mole extract; I used stern facial expressions for the meeting of a bully a few years later. The way I feel has become more emotional due to this project and because we acted out different scenes in different groups with different people. It gave me a completely prospective to what I had before. Since we have done this topic, so far I have not seen any year 11s being bullied or bullying, so I think that it has had a great effect on our drama group. And I hope that we bring the topic up again as it was a lovely and emotional topic in which to do. Charlene Finch Miss Coleman Drama GCSE ...read more.

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