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My practical work in October 2002 until April 2003 was for Option One. It was a piece of Devised work and was based on the theme of families. The family in our piece deals mainly with relationships between husband and wife.

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Part One Essay: Devised Option My practical work in October 2002 until April 2003 was for Option One. It was a piece of Devised work and was based on the theme of families. The family in our piece deals mainly with relationships between husband and wife. My contribution to the performance was as the husband "Henry Coppell". I had to convey a range of emotions and mannerisms in dealing with a hysterical wife who is mentally unstable and who throws accusations and hurls abuse at him even though he is innocent of her accusations. To help me in my work I looked for information in books and read extracts from plays such as "Billy Liar" by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, "Blood Brothers" by Ken Whitmore. The most useful material I looked at was "Always in love with Amy" by Ken Whitmore as inspired our idea of having a hysterical, paranoid wife. ...read more.

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Comparisons can be made between the character of 'Mrs Lyons' from "Blood Brothers" and 'Amy Coppell' in our piece. The problems facing Mrs. Lyons in "Blood Brothers" in working class Liverpool puts her in an anxious state of mind similar to that of "Amy Coppell" although Mrs. Lyons doesn't suffer from the paranoia and anxiety that Amy does in our piece. In our piece Amy's anxiety is also due to the absence and problems with their sexual relationship. She makes the assumption that there is an implication that her husband doesn't love her anymore. My character "Henry Coppell" is 46 years old and is lower middle class. We chose this status because his job as a manager of a car sales company would cause him to be lower middle class. The main 4 characters in our production are the friend of the family, the husband, the secretary of the husband's office and the wife. ...read more.

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For example in the opening scene we have a Henry in a freeze at the kitchen table, he is contented and is not at all anxious, contrasting Amy's behaviour in the scene that follows. Amy is evidently paranoid about her age and physical appearance and tries desperately to look prettier and younger. This can be compared with the character of 'Mickey' in "Blood Brothers", his accent and posture work well in creating a comic atmosphere on stage, for example he sits in awkward positions to reiterate his youth. Mickey doesn't want to let go of his youth in the same way that Amy is frightened to. In conclusion I would like to say that I learnt that our teamwork and group organisation has dramatically improved over the course of the project and I contributed many ideas and stage directions that were included in our play and played the part of Henry without hitches. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jonathon McCauley ...read more.

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