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Our original performance was inspired by the issues dealt with in 'One day of the year' written by Alan Seymour.

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Drama Essay- 'One day of the year' (Influences for our original performance) By Tanja Vujanic Our original performance was inspired by the issues dealt with in 'One day of the year' written by Alan Seymour. The play was written in the late 1950's and deals with issues such as, the hollowness of Anzac day, different generational meanings of Anzac day, social class, the value of education and woman returning to the workforce. 'One day of the year' would be classified as an early Australian play that was very much ahead of it's time in relation to it's views about Anzac day and at the time was quite a controversial play because of this. The play was considered a milestone in Australian's playwriting history and assisted in people beginning to question the typical schools of thought associated with the 1950's. The main identifiable features associated with the late 1950's was the idea that woman's only role should be to raise children and serve their husbands and the great glorification placed upon war, in particular Anzac day. In writing 'One day of the year' I think that Seymour's main intension was to give his readers a different insight about the issues of the hollowness of Anzac day, different generational meanings of Anzac day, social class, the value of education and woman returning to the workforce. ...read more.

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The plot we wrote focused around 3 main characters, Sherrel the wife, John her husband and Sherrel's best friend Tina. It follows the journey of Sherrel a housewife sick of her day to day life wanting to make more of herself, her husband John (mimicking the attitude of a typical male in the 1950's) apposes to her getting a job and when secretly going against his wishes Sherrel gets found out and is kicked out of the house. All the characters symbolized a generalized stereotype of a person in the 1950's, Sherrel the housewife wanting more then to cook and clean, John the husband proud of being the 'bread winner' in the family and holding a great deal of power in the marriage, Tina a woman that because of not being married has the freedom to join the workforce and is disliked by John for being independent and Tony, a typical hardworking Australian bloke. I think our play well represented the typical hardships faced by women in the 1950's who wanted to join the workforce. Also I think that how we chose to show characters reactions to things helped our issue come across more effectively, for example; * Tina being disliked by John (representing a typical Australia male) because she is out in the workforce shows the negative attitude shown towards women who were already out in the workforce * Sherrel's ...read more.

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I think a major strength in her performance was her non-verbals and interaction with the character of her sister. Body language between them such as the constant physical connection between them greatly added to the storyline and helped show the closeness between these two characters. I though another major strength in Nicole's performance was the way she made the transition between her character and the character of her father with such ease altering everything from her tone of voice, pitch, stance and language to the point that it was almost like seeing 3 characters on stage. The only slight weakness I saw in her performance was at times towards the end some of her verbal's come out a bit fast and it look away from the overall feel of the performance. Overall I thought that everything in her performance came together really well to present a really moving and creative incite into the From creating an original play based upon the issues dealt with in 'One day of the year' I have learnt the importance of understanding the links between text and context when working with a play. I now understand that when analyzing a play it is critical that the issues presented within it are carefully identified in order to really get an incite into how the character you are performing thinks, feels and acts leading to a very believable performance. ...read more.

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