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GCSE: Reviews of Personal Performances
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* This still image was effective as it symbolised the confusion and inquisitive tension being made by Kipps' one look. * I particularly enjoyed the second groups still image, in which they portrayed the rescue attempt to where Kipps struggles to save the dog. Kipps was bent over, with one knee soiled into the ground, stretching forward with all his might, the body language revealing his frantic feelings to save the dog. The women in black is stood over Kipps with her neck craned and her arms stretched out, with her hands drooping, suggesting she is causing all of the horror.
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One activity we did was to explore multiple characters through role-play. We were asked to create different interpretations of a conversation between Benvolio and Valentine in our assigned pairs. Charlie and I decided to interpret the conversation between the two characters as a friendlier, joking confrontation. I suggested that we start the role-play with Benvolio sitting on a bench and Valentine pacing in front of him until the two start arguing. This worked well in our scene so we decided to add movement for our characters, for example; when Benvolio questions Valentine and asks "Do you call my love a trout, sir?", while holding onto Valentines shirt collar.
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Throughout the aboriginal research and acting drama course, my drama group and I have made impressive progress as everyone has proven to be an incredible performer. Some of the drama texts we captured and performed mainly consisted of art, music and play
One of the plays we studied and performed was rabbit Proof Fence which mainly consisted of the stolen generation. We rehearsed the scene where the police officer would take away the children; this was a perfect opportunity to effectively use the strategies in order to emphasise the moment. The strategies used were still image, thought track and role play. Still image was used in the beginning of the play and at the end of the play to ensure the audience could understand the scenario; we used different levels to create a greater effect and gestures to show each characters different emotion.
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Drama Assignment. We chose to do our drama assignment on improvisation as we could make up lines whilst sticking to a certain theme when we were acting.
Here, I showed how happy I was, being with my friends and making food. It soon burst into song as we were so happy! The song was about different types of soup and flavours. We were all happy and talkative until Lucy knocked over a vase that Molly received from her Grandma that recently passed away. Anger ensued and I tried to talk them away from anger since I felt awkward in the situation. Here, we saw the flaws that our friendships had. Later in the performance, we soon saw Molly arguing with her parents and getting mixed in with the wrong types of friends.
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We also introduced a god, who was 'God of the Gays'. ?? 2. How well did you think you used them (Popular audince reaction/engagement/understanding. Critical; opinions of other practitioners & Self; personal targets you may have set yourself)?? Our group used these techniques to our greatest ability. With montage, we had a slow motion scence in which we were chasing the robber, but we broke it to re-introduce the obvious humour, and used that as a transistion back into naturalistic. ??Hamzah, who played the God of the Gays, made sure that the god was as far from gay as possible, which made the contrast quite funny, because had he overreacted and exaggerated the
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We also used a popular song the YMCA and changed the words according to our social issue and story. Other Brechtian techniques we used were scene cross cutting, gestus and greeze frames and we also had a narrator who introduced our play. 2. How well did you think you used them (Popular audince reaction/engagement/understanding. Critical; opinions of other practitioners & Self; personal targets you may have set yourself) I think that our group used most of the techniques very well.
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We attempted to make the play funny and keep the audience interested. For example, with the cross cutting scene, even though Chloe was just reciting facts the audience were still engaged as they watched me eat chips and laughed. We attempted to 'break the fourth wall' by using placards when Oliver and I walked down the catwalk. When Oliver presented himself Nicola held up the "Clap" sign. When I walked, she held the "Cringe" sign. I would set myself the target of trying to make sure i don't cross the line between representing the stereotype and making fun of the stereotype.
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track would suit it better so this was the technique of music. Our design layout of the stage was fairly simple but the way we spaced the characters around the set were to symbolize the power we each hold in our character or to frame a picture of what the scene is suppose to look like in reality. The use of projection, technology again was simple using a few bright lights may be simple but it conveys so much more to the audience like a dominant part rather than just bright lights put up.
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Next time, we should stay in role and motivate each other better. 2. Person 2 - The Captain - Evaluate the Forum theatre showing Eddies forgiveness as he understands why the Captain shot him in the leg. We used forum theatre to portray thus. It worked because the actors who volunteered were very enthusiastic and that flowed through into their acting. The audience contributed by giving advice to the actors, this was effective because we ended up with a different range of idea that contrasted well with each other.
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Peter Hark at him! John (singing together) When the mum-moon shines Willie On the cuc-cowshed... Raymond's smile wavers. The story revolves around a summer's afternoon in a remote country setting - the play opens with Willie, eating an apple and pretending to pilot a war plane, when he encounters, falling from a tree as a parachutist, Peter. After a fight over Willie's apple - in which Peter attempts to show how powerful a bully he can be - the two eventually spot a squirrel and chase and corner it up a tree.
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Teacher: Ok Luka calm down why don't you have a seat while you are waiting or read a book while I do my marking (he goes and sits behind his desk and gets a red pen out) Luka: I don't want to sit down and I don't want to read a stupid book (he says stepping away from his teacher and throws a book down on a table his fist are clenched in to tight balls to show he is angry he does this to show he is annoyed that his parents never look after him )
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Examine the theme of sisterhood in the novel look at the ways in which women interact , conflict with, and sympathize with other women.
The two make a "Sister's Choice" quilt together this is a rather popular symbolism walker uses, just like how scarps of material can come together to make a useful, strong product in the end, so too can black women come together and make a strong enduring union together. Another indicant of sisterhood (also involving Sofia) is when Sofia is imprisoned and the women in her life (Cellie, Shug, Squeak, and Sofia's sisters)
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Evaluation. Our piece that we devised from our tragedy was set in the 1940s during World War 2. A solider on the German side has found love with an English woman
She writes Timothy a nasty letter telling him that she is gone forever but she doesn't have the nerve to send it to him, dropping it down the back of the cooker. Years later a new family moves into this house and finds this piece of paper the tragedy is they don't know neither care what it's about.
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Response Essay. When I first saw the documentary of Aberfan I was shocked and horrified, it was such an unexpected and almost random event to happen ruining so many peoples lives,
The disaster of Aberfan is very obviously a tragedy in itself with the deaths and injuries of numerous people on the other hand the poem 'The tragedy' isn't so obvious as it's on a much smaller scale but both have been cleverly linked. When I first saw the documentary of Aberfan I was shocked and horrified, it was such an unexpected and almost random event to happen ruining so many peoples lives, the children that were killed in the days events are always kept as children in each and everyone's memories, like they have been frozen in time.
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Our group felt that adding to many set changes and furniture moving could effectively ruin the atmosphere so therefore we incorporated a small idea which helped us move swiftly onto the next piece of action. We made sure throughout the devised piece we had used different ideas that were linked with the themes and ideas of tragedy. To do this we felt we had to use a range of different words to move across into the next scene for example in the first viewing of Aberfan Jessie is talking about her felt tip pens, the whole group then picks up on 'tip' repeating it louder and louder.
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This emptiness intensifies the quiet, vacant mood of the monologue, which attributes greatly to the pathos-filled aura of Irvine's performance. Irvine's performance is certainly one which has delved deeply into the subtext and meaning of the original text, whilst also putting a personal spin on the interpretation. Irvine chose to cut certain lines of the monologue, to make it fit to a two-minute deadline.
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However this turns out to be a terrible mistake as she is viciously rapped by Alic D'Urberville, a rich yet troubled young man who is evidently mental unstable. Tess had never fully trusted Alic; however her confidence was severely knocked. She left her position and fled home, only to find she was pregnant. Though the child had been forced upon her it was evident (thanks to Gemma's accomplished performance), that Tess still loved it. She was therefore devastated when, at only a few months old, it died.
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We all picked out characters and tried to keep things simple. We were going to use no props or set, or costume. We had three narrators off the set but you could hear them from different spaces of the stage. We used blackout in the beginning. We also used the song Elysium - euphoric Chill out for our background music. At this stage our work needed a lot of work as no one was satisfied with the quality and effort.
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The general genre of the play was epic adventure with a tongue in cheek style twist. The play runs through normally Beginning-Middle-End and we did not devise that many unique techniques but came up with some exclusive content to mix up the act. We decided that due to the theme of the play and time allowed to rehearse, a minimalistic play would be most appropriate; we also decided a local dialect would be most suitable as the play is set in modern times and the actions of the characters match local tongue.
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Annabelle is quite a lonely person as she has been in the same attic for over a hundred years. But she is also quite romantic and sentimental. Her voice should be more 'posh' but not too over the top. Jane should have a slight accent to her voice. As she is very frightened in this scene, she should hesitate a lot using pauses. This will make her voice contrast with the others. She is very panicky so should be jumpy a lot. Moving from scene 1 to scene 2, the lights should dim a bit and the music should go on.
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If the experience doesn't change Scrooge's ways, he will end up walking the Earth forever being nothing but an invisible and lonely ghost, like his deceased friend Jacob Marley. Mr. Scrooge is a financier who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. Since the death of his sister, Fan, he holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas Season. The first scene of the play showed Scrooge (McCarthie) leaning over a desk performing a task to do with his work, and before he spoke you could tell he was not going to turn out to be the nicest character in the play, because his body language reflected his character.
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nor the brightest of the stars, nor the perfume of all the roses will heal my scars or ever bring me joy again. O, how I wish death would take its course upon my soulless body so I would no longer have to carry this empty temple and drag it around the colorless woods of Verona.
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The wind whistling outside and the lark singing woke me from my sleep. My marriage with Juliet was sweeter than the sweetest honey from any blossom. Juliet's face glowed brighter than the crimson flower gardens of spring; the glisten in her eyes would make the summer sun shy away in shame; her dress was whiter than the fields of glimmering snowflakes in winter. A holy ceremony took place, and Juliet and I swore to bind together as one. 'Nothing could possibly go astray on this heavenly day', I thought. But I was wrong. As I heard the lark singing I had to go and live or stay and die.
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As I approached, I was being led by the houses' wonderful smell. Rapidly I noticed that the houses were made out of odd materials. The first house was all constructed with chocolate, the second one was made out of candy, and the third one was made out of knives. I was so incredibly curious that I went closer and knocked on the door of the first house, loudly screaming: "Please, let me come in!" Surprised, a little pig answered: "No, there is no way I'm letting you come in!
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Some residents were angry, worried and some were curious. This could have been because most were asking questions about their children, as they were parents they were most worried about their safety. Most wanted an explanation why they were being socialised like this. This activity showed how ignorant most people can be with or without noticing. We performed a still image of what a mentally ill person could look like experiencing the outside world for the first time, or seeing it when they haven't in months or even years.
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