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GCSE: Personal Performances
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He was the boy that escaped the evil wizard, Voledemort. Harry doesn't actually know what he has done to deserve all the praise from his peers and the wizarding community in general and he doesn't believe that he is worth all the attention he gets. Harry's problem is that his aunt, uncle and cousin put him down so much that he doesn't believe that anyone could actually like him. Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory best helps analyze Harry's problem. While he was living with the Dursleys they met his physiological needs, because they fed him, clothed him and gave him shelter, even though his room was a cupboard under the stairs.
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Do u know why? It is because of my power! Haha... W: WHAT? Your power? Of course not! Haven't u see when they are sleeping? They all have a good dream, and the Earth is sleeping comfortable. Z: You all are so troublesome,can u just give me a moment to take a rest? W: Okay, Earth. Let me give u some sunshine, so that u will feel comfortable. K: Get off! Sun. Let me give u a good night. W: No!
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Drama journal entry. I have got an idea of writing a drama based on energy conservation. Below are the details of my proposal for a drama on this topic:
Setting and characters I wish to do a drama with a fairy-like setting. The story happens in a country named Crystalia. Its name originated from a crystal pillar which generates electricity for the whole country. There will be three main characters in the designed drama. There will be a plump and extravagant Emperor, who should be a bad guy wasting resources in the country.
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o me conflict means not getting along with each other resulting each other being violent to each other, mentally or physically. In this unit I show this when Billy and Tommy have been conscripted to go to war. I show them showing there emotions abou
I think this is the best technique to use when working with the theme, conflict. Because while using thought tracking I felt as if I was with conflict with someone, and I thought of the line 'I will get you back for this'. This line made me think of revenge. I think it links very well with conflict because then I can show the true side of the conflicting emotions that a character feels about another. (Billy and Tommy). In this short piece of mime my facial expressions were of a happy person, because my partner (Ameen)
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record,back then I thought I was the coolest person in the world,(Body language looks proud)but now,well I just wish I had payed more attention(breath in to show stress).Oh and that criminal record,its nothing (Signs and dramtic pause)big,I just got into a big fight with a few of my mates,got done for abit GBH.(pace of voice increases) I didn't mean for it to go so far,I wasn't very social in school,abit of a loner really.
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We were going to ride donkeys and maybe a horse and carriage thingy. 5: No darling that's Blackpool. We were going to eat like royalty there. 4: Yer, Harry Ramsay fish'n'chips! 5: We could of become millionaires, won the jackpot and stay there forever! 4: Yer, I wish we could have been just that 1-minute late. Then we just might have. 5: Sorry were rambling on lets just show you what happened. 4: Yes, lets. 5: We were carrying our cases onto the train. 4: We couldn't wait! 5: Yes, well SHE couldn't.
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GCSE Drama Coursework A03 Unit 2 Documentary. The whole play is set in the East End of London, the characters are surrounded by concrete tower blocks, and their area is a constant dull grey. The opening scene describes the time of the year as Mid-Septembe
The levels in each indicated how the confidence in Jake changed due to how much he feared the characters, and how little Polly differed at every entrance. As Natasha entered, the pair sprung apart, looking guilty by hanging their heads low and avoiding eye contact. Jake was hunched over slightly, not afraid of Natasha, but feeling insignificant, Polly, however, was in a neutral position, most likely because of the friendship that had been mentioned between her and Natasha. For Carol, the reaction was similar, but not as strong, showing her having a smaller affect on Jakes confidence, as Jake held a much stronger position.
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I thought the still image was particularly important as it created the atmosphere for the scene as a pose to starting straight away, it also allowed the audience to gain recognition of the main theme running throughout our piece, bullying. While Holly, Caitlin and Nancy were throwing paper balls at me and speaking about me in an upsetting manor, I progressed from being annoyed to becoming 'mad', through fury and rage. This was most forcefully portrayed by facial expressions and actions including me rocking on my chair and holding my head in my hands to show a furious state.
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Then we started scene 2 with Adult Mickey pointing a gun to adult Eddie's head hurling the word "Friends?" at Eddie, Mickey then goes on to say "I could kill you! We were friends werent we? Blood Brothers wasn't it?" This shocks the audience as they have previously witnessed a scene in which young Mickey and Eddie's friendship was just begining to blossom and now they see how their friendship has detiriated during the years. We thought that by begining the scene with this shocking line it would make the audience start to think about what turned the relationship into such a hostile friendship.
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Although I had some good ideas to start with, those ideas have changed as the piece has progressed. Originally, I decided that the Bully I portray throughout the performance was going to be loud and boisterous, and she didn't care if she was caught because she would be more than happy with being excluded for a few days. This seemed like a good idea to start with.
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Blue Remembered Hills is the story of a group of seven, seven year olds on a summer holiday afternoon. They are: Angela, Audrey, Peter, John, Donald, Willie, and Raymond. It is set in the west of England, in the Forest of Dean in 1943. At this time Potter would have been around the same age as his character, implying the facts, language and storylines in the play could have been based on his own experiences. On the other hand, Blood Brothers is about a group of people from Liverpool in the 1960's to the 1980's.
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We tried to show realistic reactions if we actually were in cells by ourselves. We finally showed everyone trying to break free from the web; many people broke away easily and did not look behind but many made the decision to go back and help others. Eventually, everybody untangled themselves from the string and it fell limp to the floor. HOW we tried to achieve this: We tried to achieve this by having everybody in the group stand in random positions around the room and throw a ball to another person.
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Our performance was a socio-political play as we explored the social and legal implications of taking a foster child away from the home that she grew up in and giving her back to her biological mother at the mothers requests
By creating these big characters they are thrust upon the audience and so the audience can't ignore what they're saying even if it makes them uncomfortable. We also chose not to perform in a naturalistic style as our plot spans over a larger period of time and in two separate houses and so we felt that the best way to do this without running the flow of the performance or distracting the audience would be too use two tables in order to represent the separate houses.
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In our performance of Blood Brothers I play the narrator, a nameless, ageless omen of what is to come.
We want our audience to question whether the difference between the social classes is right and we want the audience to have a strong emotional reaction to the characters' death at the end of the play which is why we have chosen to focus on the issues of social class and the tragedy of what happened. The Narrator has no name and is referred to only as 'narrator' in the script , this may be because the Narrator, whilst a constant presence, is their to guide the audience through the performance.
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Our staging of Blood Brothers. The props that we intend to use are minimalistic as we feel that having too many props could over power the message of the story because the actors and the audience would get caught up with them
with a white light centre stage where the twins lay dead and when the narrator approached them clutching a bible the lighting would turn red to represent the seriousness, I also feel that by using the colour red when the narrator first comes on the audience would being to recognise the narrator as a bad omen, a doom bringer. We would used light colours such as white and yellow for the twins in their early years to represent and symbolize their innocence but as they grow we would add darker colours such as green and blue to show the change
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Scene 13 opens with Peter appearing in his foul mood saying; "I'll get him, I'll bloody get him". If I was to play the role of Peter, when saying this I would have to show his real anger and resentment towards John. As Peter, I would empathize the word "bloody" and use an angry gesture such as punching the air or clenching a fist to show Peters annoyance. I would also pace to and throw from stage left to stage making it obvious to see that Peter's adrenaline from the previous fight scene is still present. When Peter realizes Donald is also in the old barn, he takes this as a perfect opportunity to regain some much need self esteem.
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Following this all of my group sit in a triangle and explain why they are here and what made them like this. The purpose of this scene was to tell the audience about our life so far, and create tension so the audience are eager to see how this affects us for later in the play! Next we give the audience some back ground information about how we were like when each emotion was younger. Our fourth scene consists of Chris (the angry emotion)
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Drama final monologue. Ann (in a scary and different voice, says the words silently and slowly): theres a lot to be scared of Lucy, you didnt want to go home did you, then pay for your mistake
I want to go home, please, I'm scared, please. (sobbing now) Lucy (annoyed): God Ann, stop being such a baby, there's nothing there. Don't tell me you're scared of the dark now. Sheesh, what's there to be scared of, see there's nothing there, stop acting like a baby, and let's play for a little while longer. (Shadows are suddenly behind Ann, whispering to her) Ann (in a scary and different voice, says the words silently and slowly): there's a lot to be scared of Lucy, you didn't want to go home did you, then pay for your mistake Lucy (scared
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The Shawshanks Redemption is a 1994 movie, written and directed by Frank Darabont. The film's main character, Andy Dufresne, was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and was sentenced to two life sentences in a jail with very harsh conditions. However, even though these prisoners were treated particularly badly he is able to maintain his "pride, humanity and hope," in order to survive. He not only does this for himself, but he manages to inspire other prisoners to do things which they wouldn't necessarily do before as well. The one person Andy inspires the most is a character called Ellis 'Red' who becomes his greatest friend inside.
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There are a couple of key points that foreshadow the occurrences in the following two acts. * Simon Stimson, the church organist, leads the church choir while drunk. The women gossip about him behind his back as Mr. Webb and the constable try to help him, but the organist wanders off. Mr. Webb wonders how Simon Stimson's situation will end, but concludes that nothing can be done for him or his addiction. * Emily Webb and George Gibbs are sitting at their windows (ladders)
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This makes her resentful towards Mr Iger, and so she imagines, in detail, the extent of a man completely the opposite of him - big, quiet, strong and brave. However, the fact that she does not have a "big man" suggests that it is something of a forbidden fantasy for her, which she does not fulfil but longs for. Therefore, I see her as very confident, which I will illustrate through her poise and posture - by making her sit up straight, with her legs crossed, and on moments when she asks questions (E.g.
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Daddy? / look at me when I'm talking to you! K- Dad? S- Can you not even hear your daughter calling you? She adores you, but you can't even see that because you're so self-obsessed! A- Don't start bringing her into it, you always do it's not fair! S- Don't even try to turn this around; you can't even stand me talking about our child now? A- I told you to leave her out of this; it's not her fault we argue! S- Yer But how many times have you promised to take her out?
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Suddenly the chief warrior staggered to his feet, looking up at the king with his bright blue eyes he shouted we did it!' This was then made into a movement in groups, no words were spoken just a strong used of facial expressions to set the mood. In my group we decided to interpret the music using my story-line, as everyone felt it was interesting and suited well. We used a sense of dance, mixed with passion making sure the whole space was used with interlinking between the characters body parts.
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Four others and I devised a piece, which was called Radio Times and lasted around half an hour. The piece was set between the years 1979 -1986 portraying a typical family. What it also covers is how the Falklands war, which was in 1982, impacts on t
The idea of our play covers life between 1979-1986 in which the war was taking place. We decided to use a war theme as war is a major reason why many people's family members have died and still till this day the nation talk about the wars that's happened in the past and because individuals can relate to this. I believe my character as being the dad went moderately well, I was very pleased that my overall facial expressions and voice had improved given that at beginning I was really struggling with these aspects, I believe that my movement could
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"How could I kill my own girlfriend?" "Oh. You didn't mention she was your girlfriend." "I thought you knew", Steven said innocently. "I do because James told me. I think you wanted to keep it a secret. James told me you and Beth were going through a rough patch. He heard you and Beth rowing on 26th December 2007. Is it true you and James live in adjoining houses? Is that true?" "Yes", Steven replied. "Your Honour. Steven has been asked a large amount of questions. Could I put in a few?", asked Mrs Grace Steven's Barrister. "Be seated until I say otherwise", ordered Judge Barnaby. "Steven please return to your seat", said the Judge.
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