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GCSE Drama Coursework A03 Unit 2 Documentary. The whole play is set in the East End of London, the characters are surrounded by concrete tower blocks, and their area is a constant dull grey. The opening scene describes the time of the year as Mid-Septembe

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Introduction

Role Play: To figure out Russell's true character, including the changes his character undertakes, we placed Russell in different situations he would face on a daily basis. We tried to show his confidence levels altered as the people around him did. Most performances showed consistency when portrayed in a classroom, for example in the interview Russell acted as his normal, arrogant self with low body tension and using a tired, bored voice, meaning he was comfortable with his surroundings. However, when he visited his elderly Grandmother in hospital, the performances had interesting results. We used high tension, to show clearly his feeling of confusion and rejection. We also used many levels to show how metaphorically big or small he felt, for example while in hospital Russell sat on a chair, head on his hands, folded in on himself. This happened no matter which way the pairs preformed, whether he was generally concerned with his Grandmothers well being, or if he was frightened in her presence. Use of Space/levels: In pairs we created three different freeze frames, each showing the reactions Polly and Jake had at the entrances of Natasha, Carol and Russell at the start of the play. ...read more.

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Marking the Moment: In groups, we created freeze frames, choosing one key moment from the script. My group decided on Shane's line, 'story', a small, seemingly insignificant line that ends up deciding the path for the rest of the play. We involved four characters into the freeze frame, and set it out with Shane on the highest level looking downwards. Jake was being pinned to the ground by Russell, who was bending over, and Buzz, who was kneeling, placing him on a slightly lower level. Russell and Buzz were both looking at Shane, portraying the status of the characters, displaying the amount of respect they had for Shane and relating to our knowledge of how Shane is the leader of the group throughout the play. Jakes position at this point, however, is a complete contrast to the end of the play. From Jake being at ground level and bullied in this scene, to him appearing with the most confidence out of the characters, proves that looking at a major point in the play doesn't show how the characters status may shift if an event occurs. ...read more.

Conclusion

Social, Cultural and Historical Context: The whole play is set in the East End of London, the characters are surrounded by concrete tower blocks, and their area is a constant dull grey. The opening scene describes the time of the year as Mid-September, so the weather is interpreted as overcast, and the majority of the scenes are set on a roof of one of the tower blocks. This background information lead me to believe that the characters were all sparks in a world of little colour. For example, Natasha's outfit of a pink shirt and stilettos made her strong personality stand out and contrast well with her surroundings. She needed to be played boldly and include how someone who had an upbringing in a city setting would react. I used my voice to show the fast changes between emotions. For example Polly quickly became angry after Jake told her to go away, and Carol gradually grew more frustrated with Russell as she demanded her kiss. I also involved big hand gestures to my dialogue, especially while playing characters like Natasha and Russell, because they both have the most confidence, and the most familiarity in using their body to express their feelings. ...read more.

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