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The Dramatic aim of my play was to inform people and make them aware of domestic violence.

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For my GCSE coursework piece, my task was to do a respect project on Domestic violence. The Dramatic aim of my play was to inform people and make them aware of domestic violence. We decided that our target audience would be at the age of 15 and up to around adult age. This was mainly chosen because it was the right audience to be known what domestic violence should be about and, in some plays, the amount of violence and emotional side of the subject. This project was sponsored by a local group known as SERRIC who also supplied us with some facts and figures to use in our play. In the first week of our workshop course we discussed mainly what we would be doing for the next few weeks. We then started to talk about power and status and what we think these were about. There were many different reasons to explain what domestic violence is about. I believe that status is mainly to do with the amount of control you have over somebody. I thought of this because when I think of status I believe that it is someone who has a higher amount of power over you. This could be at home or in the work place i.e. the relationship between an employer and employee. We then talked about relationships between different people whether it was between a boyfriend and girlfriend or a friendship. We then asked to perform a small piece of drama on power and status to see what we thought of it through our drama. For my small piece it was decided, between two other people, to show two elements in the workplace. A woman and her boss who is younger than the woman. And then another very young woman who makes the first woman feel guilty of her age. We wanted to show this because I wanted to be able to show the relationship in society when it comes to age. ...read more.

Middle

In the play I was to play two characters the daughter and the doctor. My initial impression of the daughter was that she was six years old and would be nasty towards her stepmother because she does not want her to replace her mother. So with this in mind I had to put on a very child-like voice and use child-like movements such as skipping, jumping and even fidgeting when sitting or standing still. My facial expressions were when I would talk to the woman; I would turn my back on her or look grumpy. When i would turn my back I would also cross my arms to give the impression that I was shutting her out of my life and that I also resented her. I wanted the character in the beginning to be a bit nasty towards others but then suddenly change into a nervous and frightened character who looks quite sad, to look as though I knew what was going on. Over several weeks of rehearsals it was decided that six years old was very young for the daughter to be and so it was decided she was now twelve years old and would not be involved in many scenes. We had many different endings for our play and it was hard to decide which would be best suited. At first the characters in the climax scene were the Woman, The man and the daughter. We initially thought that the daughter was to be in the final scene where the daughter was to kill the man, this would more or less be the first time that the daughter had been present while being beaten. But in the end this was thought too complicated. I found out that this would be hard for me, as I would have to change the way I would act towards other characters and the way my voice was expressed. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think I mainly learnt from this play that those who were raped were done so by someone close to them. The other group that performed on the night was titled " Behind closed doors". I loved how the play had started. It was a portrait of the family and another person who was the conscious describing what was happening in poetic form. It was also represented in symbolic form using a teddy bear for the daughter, a knife and fork for the wife and a vodka bottle for the husband. The same scene was played over three times but given an opinion from each member of the family. I really liked this play because of this reason. I think I learnt from the play that although a picture tells a thousand words, it is hard to really know what happens unless you are apart of it or are told about it. The aim of our project was to raise awareness of respect to one another and the subject of Domestic violence. This is because Thurrock is one of the communities with the highest rates of domestic violence within the home and what roles men and women play. Many people don't even realise that something is a form of domestic violence and wanted to raise the awareness that it was and for people to open their eyes and believe that it is a problem which people can escape and get help from. From this whole experience I believe that I am more aware of domestic violence and the people around me. When I saw the many types of abuse there were out there it was very shocking as things that I didn't even believe were problems in society from my life actually were. I have also learned to respect others, my peer group and even those who are of a younger or older age than myself. I believe that it has opened my eyes to the world around me, and what you believe you are seeing is actually a very different situation indeed. ...read more.

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