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French Revolution The Response phase

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French Revolution Portfolio Harriet Ward 10c2 Task 1 The Response phase The first few weeks of rehursal were mainly small pieces of group work where we improvised some of the scenes in random groups picked by the teacher. In the first few lessons we practiced moving around the room in role. We were aristocrats and then peasants and we did these roles by holding our heads and noses high in the air, creating mannerisms for a typical rich person. For a peasant we had to hunch up our backs and hold out our hand as if we were begging for food or money. We also worked on freeze frames. We would get into groups of, for example, seven and then we would all think of a suitable scene like inside the Bastille (which was a prison), and then work together to try and create an eerie atmosphere. ...read more.

Middle

Hot seating was also what we worked on. The teacher would select someone from the class to sit in the middle of a circle of people (the rest of the class). Then that person would think of a character who she or he would become. For example they could be a prison warden. Then the rest of the class would ask questions like, "What does your job involve doing?" Then the selected person would have to answer the question as if they were their character. This is a good exercise for practicing your acting skills and also makes you really get into the role of your character. Throughout the first few weeks we rehursed some of the significant scenes in the play, like the revenge of the servents and what we now we know as the scarlet pimpernel scene. ...read more.

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Although we would not be wearing costume ourselves, their clothes are very important for us to visualise ourselves in role. Also, it was very important to know that when the aristocratic ladies were dancing, they would be wearing huge, puffy - out dresses which would affect our movement as they stuck out enormously. The dancing would also involve a small line of dialogue from a between a few people. For example I could say to a lady next to me; "Oh your dress is simply divine!" and they could reply back; "Oh yes I know. It looks rather good on me don't you think?" The point of the question would be to show the audience just how very snobby the rich were in those times. The music we danced to was Handel, which would have been a very popular choice in the late 1770s. ...read more.

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