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Our improvisation was based on many different scenarios that have been in the newspaper and on television.

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Stimulus/Influences Our improvisation was based on many different scenarios that have been in the newspaper and on television. We had all heard of many stories of previously "poor" families or individuals winning the lottery and becoming wealthy. One story that part of our drama was based on was of a middle-aged man who after winning the lottery, had become an alcoholic and proceeded to drink himself to death. This was a classic case of "money doesn't create happiness". All the members of my group thought that this was a good idea, and we wanted to do this as our performance. We decided to make our improvisation into a 2-part theme from an idea given to us by our teacher. Today's society still believes that "grass is greener on the other side" and my group decided, that it would provide and good contrast if we could have one "Rich" family who becomes poor and one "Poor" family who becomes rich. The idea of the "Rich" family was immediately backed up by many stories of bankruptcy in the media. ...read more.

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Most of the "Rich" family become noticeably closer, whereas most of the "Poor" family stop caring about each other and focus on material things. However, both families have one thing in common. The effect of the sudden change loses them each one member. In the "Rich" family the father finds that facing life without money is unbearable, so he takes an overdose of pills. Similarly, in the "Poor" family, the mother becomes so drunk that she chokes on her own vomit. We never see the reactions of the families. Characters "Rich family" Douglas Parks-Young (father) - Rob Shaw Elizabeth Parks -Young (mother) - Suzanne Keller Edward Parks - Young (youngest son) - Reece Davis Beatrice Parks- Young (daughter) - Sophie Bowen Charles Parks- Young (Eldest son) - Jon Rickman "Poor family" Father - Reece Davis Mother - Sophie Bowen Tom (twin son) - Jon Rickman Tim (twin son) - Rob Shaw Biancia (daughter) - Suzanne Keller We developed our characters by using the "hot-seating" method. We also cast the characters as to whom we thought could act them well. Genre The Genre for our improvisation was Tragedy. ...read more.

Conclusion

We decided against using costumes as it would have been very difficult changing between the families. We did use a few token props to create the scene. Also we took advantage of the lighting and sound system to create special effects. Our set changed a lot throughout the performance, which made it quite hard to move things about without notice. However, I think that we managed to cope well with what we had. Our performance defiantly had a moral to it. The old phrase "Grass is greener on the other side" is the title of our improvisation. From our play, we hope that the audience learns that 1) Money does not end all problems and 2) Money does not buy happiness If we were to do improvisation again I would defiantly get more organised more quickly as we had to cancel several performance dates because we were not ready. Also I would have maybe polished it off to perfection, as there were some awkward pauses in it. On the whole I was quite pleased with our improvisation piece, and it was very fun to work out in the early stages. "Grass is... Greener?" Drama Improvisation Theory Suzanne Keller Suzanne Keller 10ST ...read more.

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