• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Review of GCSE play

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Evaluation Phase After watching the 2007 GCSE drama performances, students were asked to choose a play to evaluate. I chose a play called Life is a Tempest; this was because I enjoyed the way the actors explored how the stories of Shakespeare can parallel reality. I also liked how the props and costumes in this play were minimalistic in contrast to the complex storyline and dialogue. Life as a Tempest opened with a storm - literally; flashing lights represented the bad weather faced by a royal party. Black wooden blocks were the ship carrying King Alonso and his company on their way to Africa. As the master of the boat tries to keep it afloat, Alonso's men, Antonio and Sebastian come up on deck to give orders. They stand on the blocks - higher than everyone else underlining their authority, the scene ends in argument, with Gonzalo remaining the only calm member of the crew while the ship is splitting in half. ...read more.

Middle

In the end, things straighten out for Joe and his son. James and Mary become a couple once more with James turning out to be more vibrant and passionate because of their reunion. The play ends with a scene from Macbeth and the ghost of Banquo joins them at a banquet wearing a white shirt, contrasting with everyone else wearing black. As he is sitting there, with everyone else oblivious to him, blood begins to trickle out of his mouth and down his shirt, stressing that he is dead. This technique is effective in that it shocks the audience, providing a memorable conclusion. In this piece, there were seven actors altogether; however they each played multiple roles. An example of this was a student named Tom playing Gonzalo from The Tempest also playing an older version of another character and James' best friend earlier in the story. Despite the doubling, tripling and even quadrupling of characters, the changes were clear to the audience because of the varieties of language used. ...read more.

Conclusion

There were also monologues, for example Mary's after James chose to end their relationship. Another instance where someone was talking solely to the audience was when James read a letter from Mary. This allowed variation but was also successful in that we were able to see the instant emotion expressed by the recipient. The main theme of Life is a Tempest was sacrifice. Joe surrenders his job, despite it being his only source income because of the harsh conditions his boss was setting. In turn, his boss fired his best worker because he wasn't complying with the unrealistic deadlines he was setting. Also, Joe's son- James sacrificed his girlfriend because of all that was going on in his life, despite still loving her. In Conclusion, I enjoyed this play immensely due to the labyrinthine storyline and the way it contrasted to the simple lights, costumes and props. I particularly liked the way they incorporated the work of Shakespeare into the plot and how it complimented the events happening in present time. ?? ?? ?? ?? UNIT TWO COURSEWORK- Evaluation Phase Word Count: 995 Page | 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Reviews of Personal Performances section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Reviews of Personal Performances essays

  1. Devised Practical Evaluation for 'The Guilt'

    I also panicked at one point because I thought I had forgotten my lines but fortunately they came back to me. Because I was playing an extremely emotional character I had to actually cry at the beginning of the play which was hard.

  2. Ovid's Metamorphoses: Pygmalion - Why did Pygmalion choose to portray his perfect woman.

    In these lines he compares the statue's ivory body becoming a real human body with beeswax from Mt Hymettus, and how the wax softens under the sun and, when held by the thumb, is moulded into many shapes, and is made usable by being used: "ut Hymettia sole cera remollescit, tractataque pollice multas flectitur in facies, ipsoque fit utilis usu."

  1. Our stimulus for these Dramas was the play "a legal weapon" by Mark Wheeller.

    complicated play at first but once you start to act it all out and bring it to life it is challenging but fin and it looks really good. When I first read they play I found that it was really confusing.

  2. ‘ The secret life of Walter Mitty ‘ by James Thurber, ‘ Indian ...

    This is a good example of first person view as he is writing as if he was there whilst the event is taking place. Dylan Thomas tries to convey the characters emotions in wierd sentences, for example, ' I remembered the demon in the story with his wings and hooks,

  1. Rwanda Evaluation

    and how they get excited at the things that those being killed may never have had a chance to know, and would have been worried about the amount of clean water that they had to survive on. Their vocal expression is mock cheery and almost sarcastic in what they say and do.

  2. We had to create a tableaux image of the four strong words in the ...

    Ruth then clicked her fingers, I froze and she walked towards the audience. Ruth began to say her thoughts out loud saying things like 'Is he really going to do this?' and generally showing her excitement to the audience that she was about to be engaged.

  1. Personal Review

    Furthermore, they often can be used as serious characters. Mime artists can now perform whole stories, through use of gestures, facial expressions, and body language. Also they were quite casual outfits, and do not have paints on there face. By blending a mime in to the rest of the characters, it's far by more effective, as it causes the

  2. Willa Cather's Characterization Technique in Neighbor Rosicky

    It can be imagined that, however she descries her husband as a changed man under the hardships of life and it is true that time had its effects on his body, but he is not a broken, sickly old man.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work