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Improvisation based on text : Charlotte O’Neil’s Song

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Improvisation based on text : Charlotte O'Neil's Song We have been looking at a poem, 'Charlotte O'Neil's Song'. It is written in the eyes of a servant girl who has been treated with no respect by her master. She has finally had enough of doing everything for them and is leaving, they can now do things for themselves. The first two verses say everything that she has done for them and what they have said to her. The last two verses of the poem are saying how she is going to leave and they can do their own cleaning as she will not be there anymore. In our improvisation we decided that we would have one person acting as Charlotte doing the work then being treated badly and then walking out. We used the same sequences as in the poem. We did a lot of preparatory work for this improvisation. ...read more.

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It showed that they worked better if they were treated well and given the respect that they deserved. We saw both sides of their lifestyles, this helped us more to get in the role. We then swapped around, the person who was the servant before now became the master. This time the master would treat the servant very badly and make them do some terrible jobs that would make the servant walk out. This gave us an idea of how Charlotte must have felt that forced her to walk out. We were then put in-groups to do our final improvisation. There were four people in my group, Michaela, Andrea, Elizabeth and I. There was person who played the master this was Michaela and one person who played Charlotte this was Andrea. ...read more.

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The three servants stood tall with their heads towards the floor this would show that they were worthless and not important and we spoke with a very common accent. At the end of our sketch the master was on the floor and the three servants were standing up tall around her this showed that the tables had been turned and she could not tell them what to do anymore. In our group we explored the ideas and feeling from the text. We showed it from Charlotte's point of view just like the poem. We showed how she was feeling using freeze frames when only she was talking, so it was her thoughts. Our improvisation helped me to understand the text as we understood how she was feeling and what sorts of things were involved in being a servant. I understood how they walked and talked and how low they felt next to their masters and how powerful it made the masters feel. Harpreet Sekhon 11.1 ...read more.

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