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  1. GCSE Drama The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Development and Evaluation of a drama peice

    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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  2. 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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  3. Drama portfolio two

    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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  4. Comparison between our improvisation project and The Shawshank Redemption

    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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  5. 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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  6. Courtroom Drama

    "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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  7. car crash

    My fascination fell prey to the flexile contours of the flawlessly built car. The scintillating number plate bore my favourite digits 666... The precious of perfection was rapidly becoming the medium in which my desires to replicate my friend diabolical plans were beginning to emerge. The ruthless digits were haunting me, teasing me, wanting me to commit a sin. They had captured my innocent mind. With this hunger and eagerness, my body's expectation raised sky high. We carefully walked towards the car and removed the equipment from our bags; I very precisely placed the lock and pick into the keyhole, and opened the door with great care.

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  8. GCSE Drama: The development phase

    Meanwhile Tom was expressed by him just looking at Annie from a distance, showing his inability to put his emotions to words or actions. I posed as Reg, while another member of my group was Sarah; she tried 'perfecting' my appearance, keeping in line with her character's opinionated views, by fiddling with my shirt. At first, I put up a facial impression to show how annoyed I was, but when I got feedback, I realised to better show Reg's humorous and jolly character I had to include an element of laughter or comedy.

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  9. A Written Comparison between Just Between Ourselves and Between Mouthfuls

    The period and culture of both plays are almost identical - they're both set in the late 20th Century, in a suburban middle class world, and deal with middle-aged couples and their marriages. Both have very unremarkable settings, using only a garage and a garden space, or a restaurant for the whole play to take place in. The settings are incredibly original, with Ayckbourn even utilising a car on stage throughout "Just Between Ourselves" demonstrating daring creativity on the writer's behalf.

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  10. Drama Coursework on Education - The Response Phase

    To explore the idea further, we experimented with the technique of having a conscience alley. The idea behind a conscience alley is to have character's inner thoughts and insecurities spoken as they walk past. This technique gives the audience a real insight into the characters emotional state. As a class, we first used the character of a victim of bullying, and then of a bully. For the victim, we reinforced their sadness and lack of self-esteem by saying phrases such as 'useless', 'ugly', 'you're nothing'. For the bully, we tried to explore the reasons behind his behaviour, and the possibility that he was doing it because of his own insecurity.

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  11. East is East Development

    We also used costume to show how proud George is by dressing him in a suit. We used props such as a cigarette to show how stressed Ella is in the portrait. This symbolizes that she can never get a break from her family. Also when we see Abdul smile it shows the audience that he is happy that he has connected with his father, George. Defining the Essence of a Scene Later on, our task was to define each key moment or issue in each scene in Act 2, we had to do this in our groups.

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  12. Study of Brechtian Theatre

    by not letting the audience relate to the characters in his plays as if they related to the characters, they would care about what happened to the character. To prevent the audience from relating to the character, he would make the character come out of role and talk to the audience, or make the character narrate what was happening, which would make the audience remember that it was a play and not get 'absorbed into the storyline.' However, he also wanted to persuade people to realise the importance of the situations he was tackling and to respect other peoples decisions,

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  13. Comparative Essay - the Woman in Black and Blue Remebered Hills

    A theme which is common to both plays is naivety. In The Woman in Black, Arthur Kipp's naivety leads to him not believing the villagers stories and therefore continuing to go to Eel Marsh House where he meets the ghost of the woman in black. In Blue Remembered Hills, the children are obviously na�ve owing to their age and inexperience of life. Although they mimic their parents and try to seem grown up, this fa�ade in fact reveals their innocence.

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  14. a beautiful life written response

    Interweaved with this story is the account of the Iranian refugee raid on the Iranian Embassy in Canberra as 4/3/1992, an aftermath 500 Mujahidin freedom fighters slaughtered by Iran's governing regime. The Founders of Matrix Theatre Company Michael Futcher and Helen Howard have merged these two gripping stories to create a compelling story full of prejudice, injustice and brutality. On April 6th 1992 a raid on the Iranian Embassy in Canberra was staged in response to the reported hundreds of killings of the Mujahidin freedom fighters.

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  15. Blood Brothers

    I feel that it is the way you are nurtured that predicts how your life will span out. This is because I agree if Mickey was given away to Mrs Lyons then his life would be very different. The set was designed to remain onstage all the time. Down each side of the stage were terraced houses with doors that would open and passage ways for people to walk down. The majority of the play happened on the stage in-between the two rows of housing.

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  16. Homeless monologue

    Grubby shoes, torn jeans and t-shirt or jacket with dirt on it. This way I can show the audience what it can look like to live on the streets. I wouldn't have any music for when I am performing, but I may just have daily noises such as traffic, pedestrians talking to indicate the location. As I would be on the streets at night time, I would just have spots of light to represent street lights, and it would be quite dim to represent the time of day. I would have a carrier bag of newspapers, maybe a sleeping bag.

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  17. A comparision betweem 'Oedipus the king' and 'the stonecutter'

    The stonecutter comprising of a variety of playwrights including improvised scenes and sections is a play within a play with the warning to be careful for what you wish for. In this essay I shall discuss further similarities and differences of the theatrical treatments of the two mythical stories. Sophocles play deals with a number of themes; Fate and destiny being pre-decided being a main one; Fate is a theme often occurring in Greek plays but tragedies in particular. From the beginning of Oedipus the King, we know that Oedipus is destined to "kill his father and mate with his mother".

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  18. Development Phase Unit 1 (Drama)

    Leader: [shouting] DO YOU THINK IT'S FAIR THAT THOSE BLOODY ROYALS SIT UP THERE IN LUXURY WHILE WE WORK HARD ALL DAY TO EARN NOTHING? Crowd: [in unison] NO!!! Leader: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Villager: KILL THEM! Villager 2: ALL OF THEM! They continue charging Scene 3 A queen and a servant girl (Grusha) are sitting in a very grand room; the queen is sitting on a throne whereas Grusha has a much harder stool next to a baby's crib. The spotlight is on the queen. Grusha holds the baby out to the queen. Queen: Grusha!

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  19. Compare "Chicken" by Mark Wheeler to "Crucible"

    This line outlines the relationship between Gary and Liz instantly. It shows that Gary and Liz are very close. The way Gary says the lines are sarcastic which shows the audience Liz and Gary like to joke with and about each other. Another example of family is when Gary is in the car with Liz and asks "Do you think you'll marry Martin?" This goes into the issue of marriage and love. Another theme is Friendship. Chris says "Since we were little kids, Tammy was my best mate".

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  20. Character Exercises of Blood Brothers

    He has a common Liverpool accent and where he is part of the lower class, finally turns to crime to support his family. Eddie Eddie is the twin that Mrs. Johnstone gave away to Mrs. Lyons. He is very neat and proper, but finds all the naughty things that Mickey does very exciting. He attends private school and does not have a Liverpool accent. He does not know that Mickey is his real brother. Mrs. Johnstone Mrs. Johnstone is mother to Sammy, Edward, and Mickey.

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  21. Drama Responding

    However a portion of sympathy should be shown for death as she must have been being bullied to a high degree to force such regrettable and selfish results. Her family, friend and parents that bear the consequence of Roberta's decision and will probably feel regret in their selves for not helping or realizing until it's too late so I also felt a considerable amount of sympathy for them as they will be more than likely take a long time to recover from such an event.

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  22. comparing Billy Liar with chicago

    Mary Quant invented the mini-skirt, which became very popular in the late 1960s. The hippie movement introduced clothing such as bell-bottom jeans, tie-dye, and batik fabrics, as well as paisley prints. The cultural elements for the plays are very different.The culture of Yorkshire evolved over the county's history, taking influences from the cultures of those who came to control the region. Yorkshire people have been said to hold a strong sense of regional identity and have been viewed to identify more strongly with their county than their country. In contrast Chicago's culture is known for various forms of performing arts, such as comedy, music and Chicago blues and soul.

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  23. Comparing the two plays 'The Crucible' and 'In The City' (3rd part of 'Barbarians')

    This is shown when Betty and Abigail are saying 'I saw... with the Devil'. Another likeness is the strict Puritan morals of 1692, and strict American morals in 1953. The 'Aliens Act' was an issue at the time, an anti-immigrant law made by President Truman. 'In The City' was both written and set in 1977. The historical event that the play involved was the war in Ireland, showing how truly horrific it was, Jan being used to get this point across. In 1977 racism was a big issue, and this is what the play is based around.

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  24. Comparing a devised piece with MacBeth

    There are various underlying themes, such as dreams and reality, deception, and Heaven and Hell. The idea was to create a play which, while being realistic, was at the same time surreal in places. The plot in 'Macbeth' centres around the rise and fall of Macbeth himself. It opens with Macbeth being made Thane of Cawdor for his bravery in battle, killing the opposing leader Macdonwald. At this point, Macbeth appears a strong, noble character He then meets witches, who tell him he will become King.

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  25. Response - Improvisations based on 'The Woman in Black'

    We found this challenging, and some of the group found it embarrassing to shout loudly and make their gesticulations larger than life. We found the prospect of using practically anything and making it scary into a very interesting idea. We loved inventing the scary story that all the locals knew too. The plot of our improvisation was an English family staying in an American motel in a mysteriously deserted town in Montana. They seek to stay there for a while, but are disgusted of the stories about a mysterious hot dog vender and some dastardly chewing gum chewers.

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