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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Drama
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Homelessness production essay

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Homelessness/ Runaways. Outline of Purpose As a Drama group, we were presented with the theme of "homelessness/Runaways" and in response to this we set out to work towards completing a devised thematic piece to be presented to a relatively large audience on one night only. The money we raised was to be given to the charity "shelter". Dramatic Techniques As a starter activity we decided to get physically involved with the issue and work with body language exploring general people's attitudes to homelessness. We acted out where half the class were wealthy business men, keeping an upright frame and a callous and hasty attitude having no time for those on the streets where as the other members of the group played the role of "Big Issue" workers, pleading for the attention of the business men; using kinesics to reflect upon their lugubrious emotions and showing how they would feel rejection and depression as they are treated as if they are invisible. Outline After this the drama group split into three smaller groups, we started to discuss our personal feelings upon the issue itself, we talked about different controversies that can lead to a person becoming homeless and started to research the subject in order to get inspiration and a suitable insight into the minds of homeless people along with the traumatic situations they are presented with. We wanted to promote understanding of the issues that face young people living on the streets every day. We then decided that to enhance our drama scenes and our personal sympathies with homeless people we should listen to some music related to the issue. We believed that it could give the class a different approach to the task and create different atmospheres that could be used to later improve our drama sketches for the audience to experience more powerfully the feelings we are trying to get across to them. ...read more.


This is the end of Mary's story and at this point her old friend approaches her and forces her to come home telling her that her mother hasn't stopped loving her and just wants her back. Mary is taken to her mother and the story is ended with Mary's mother holding Mary in her arms. Costume For our production there would be two people playing Mary as explained. I was Mary when she was on the street and Lisa was Mary before she became homeless. We had to look into costume quite deeply and figure out a simple way to show that we were the same person at different stages in life. Here are the ideas we decided to use in our final performance... As you can see the costumes were not very detailed, we were on a relatively tight budget though and so we felt that these costumes gave us the best look and weren't too costly. On the left is 'homeless Mary' and on the right is Mary before she became homeless. The costumes are the same yet there have been alterations on the homeless costume to make it look more worn and to show the difference in class between the two. Also I believe that the stage makeup we used reveals the difference in age between the two; homeless Mary has a pale and drained complexion which along with the dirty effect contributes to an older and more worn look apposed to Lisa's healthy and young complexion. Homeless Mary wears this costume throughout the production where as the past Mary changes her costume to this after the party scene where she meets Adam. Lisa and I have different coloured hair so to make the performance more realistic Lisa was given a dark wig where as I just back combed my hair to give a disorderly and slovenly effect. This effect was reinforced through the rips in the homeless Mary's clothing and the dirty effect made by talcum powder on the clothing. ...read more.


a sense of realistic relationships was imported into our performance we wanted to make the performance believable and though we used elements of stylised drama, we wished to show that this wasn't just a piece of fiction it was a situation that real people can actually be put into. I feel that the strongest relationship shown is that of Mary and her mother. Though Mary does fall in love with Adam and choose him over her mother at first it is the bond between mother and daughter that stays alive and admirable until the end. Conclusion In conclusion to the performance I think that as a whole it was rather successful there are things that could be improved but there are many things that went well. I think that through the rehearsal process we made a lot of improvement and gained more confidence. We worked well as a team and were all very committed. I believe that if we had more money then the performance could have been a lot better as we would have better scenery and props but we were given great advice and worked well with what we had. I think that our piece was very thought provoking and made the audience realise that homelessness is an exceedingly disturbing and genuine problem, I felt that the audience had become more affectionate towards the homeless people and more compassionate about helping them. i think that if the performance was carried out again I would have suggested different uses of lighting; we did dim the lights and raise them during certain scenes and also used the spotlight towards the end of the production yet it was all performed under the white light there was no coloured lighting used. I think this is a shame because coloured lighting could have reinforced certain moods though our scenes. Apart from this I think that it was a really great project and I enjoyed studying and researching the issue as well as acting out our drama sketch. ...read more.

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