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Roots / Routes - Our exploration using Drama!

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Our exploration using Drama! A s part of our GCSE Drama course we were given the task of exploring the life of a character called Grace. This character supposedly had arrived in Britain during the turbulent period of 1950, the characters main objective being to provide sustenance to her family back home. We were required to explore this characters life and then produce a piece of drama consisting of three important memories in the characters life in this country. This was of course a varied response from the several groups depending on their interpretation. In order to have a basic understanding of the characters life we used text and graphics. This varied from videos and pictures to writing and materials. We originally started our journey with a memory which we had created by an inspiration which involved apiece of cloth. This ordinary piece of cloth had a large impact on our drama as it was our first impressions of this new character. We then moved on by looking at a piece of narration which gave us a rough idea about Grace's personality and a picture. ...read more.


We began by marking and clearly identifying the stage where Grace knew she was going to leave. To get a better idea of the thoughts and emotions which Grace my have or experienced we researched accounts of real people who had left their mother land behind during this similar period of time as our drama. This included a wide range of testimonies from people as well as videos based around the issue of leaving. Using these powerful sources of information we created a whole class improvisation of a small scene in which we were required to wave goodbye at a dockside. We then analysed a picture of Victoria station and again created a scene based in a train station. These small scenes may seem insignificant but played a large role as they aroused emotions and feelings based on this issue and gave us a small piece of first hand experience of what it is like to leave ones loved ones or place. To deepen our understanding even further we moved to analyse further testimonials of real experiences. ...read more.


We created some freeze frames of Grace and her grand-daughter Tanya. These freeze frames were in fact exchanges of words between them. We continued to explore the drama by using spontaneous improvisation. We marked important moments within the drama and created freeze frames about Grace's past. We created some solo personal writings which were presented to the group and to conclude our exploration of this particular time period we worked on a whole class spontaneous improvisation and collective role work with our teacher as Grace. Throughout this whole course we have been able to gather a lot of valuable information via various drama techniques such as: 1. Hot Seating 2. Improvisation 3. Forum Theatre These techniques have helped us to really get behind the drama and get as much information as possible. This has also helped us to shape our character in this way and develop her in much detail as possible. As we explored the drama a lot of feelings have been aroused and with the help of a wide range of text, videos and a booklet full of valuable information we are working on our final response in which we will express our ideas and feelings. Unit One: The Response Phase Name: Gulam Hussain 10W Candidate No: 9169 Centre No: 10500 ...read more.

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