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Part One essay for Blue Remembered Hills

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Part 1 Drama - "Blue Remembered Hills" and "Bruises Heal" "Blue Remembered Hills" was written in 1979 by Dennis Potter. It's set during the 2nd World War and takes place in the Forest of Dean in Somerset. The play follows a day in the lives of seven 7-year old children. The style of the piece is naturalistic with the exception of the fact that the children are played by adult actors and the voice which recites the poem that the play is based on at the end. I play the part of Raymond, who is one of the weaker members of the group as he has a stutter (which the others sometimes bully him because of), although he "...is almost always grinning." He is also the only boy to show reluctance at violence: Raymond W-Why don't we l-l-lul-leave it al-lul-lone - ? Peter Hark at him! ...read more.

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The main theme of the play is the loss of innocence but also deals with how we have a nostalgic view of our childhood and bullying, like our last assessment piece, "Bruises Heal". However, where "Bruises Heal" is about verbal bullying, "Blue Remembered Hills" contains more physical bullying (the domestic abuse of Donald, the fight between John and Peter). Our last assessment piece was an improvisation based on the poem "Bruises Heal" by Polly and Andrew Fusek Peters. As well as bullying, the poem also uses repetition and medical metaphors however we chose to use the theme of bullying and violence in the form of domestic abuse, as in "Blue Remembered Hills". Our piece was non-naturalistic, unlike "Blue Remembered Hills", because we used freeze frame and it had a non-linear narrative due to our use of flashbacks. However the acting within it was naturalistic because it was realistic and believable. ...read more.

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Penny back on a two pound jar. Raymond: Let's l-lul-look for some, eh? On the other hand, my character in the last piece always wanted to be in control of everyone, especially his family, and became violent as soon as anyone stood against him. The acting required, therefore, was also very different. Playing Raymond in "Blue Remembered Hills" I need to have the constant, near gymnastic, movement of a 7 year old whereas for our last piece I had to have an angry, menacing movement and also walk like a grown adult man instead of a young child. From doing rehearsals for this play, and for playing Raymond, I've learnt how to keep up constant movement but to make it look natural at the same time. Another necessary thing I've had to learn for the play is how to put on a convincing Somerset accent. It's also shown me how much we look back on our childhood as the "good times" and how we were so "innocent" when in reality we were just a smaller version of the adult world. ...read more.

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