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The topic 'Women in Crime' was based on Ruth Ellis, Mary Bristow and Susan Poole who were involved in crime. To start off we looked at fact sheets on 'Women in Prison'. It was disappointing to learn only 10% of Police Officers are female.

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The topic 'Women in Crime' was based on Ruth Ellis, Mary Bristow and Susan Poole who were involved in crime. To start off we looked at fact sheets on 'Women in Prison'. It was disappointing to learn only 10% of Police Officers are female. We looked at an article on Ruth Ellis. She was the last woman to be hanged in Britain after killing her lover David Blakely. In groups of five we showed the couple's relationship. The first scene was showing David gambling. Ruth came in and kissed David but he replied "Not now, Ruth." David had no respect for Ruth. In this scene I was a waitress. I swung my hips to show my femininity. I mimed myself chewing and had a cheeky smile whenever I looked at David. David was more into the waitress than Ruth. The second scene showed Ruth and David at a nightclub. Sixties music was on and soft lighting which built the atmosphere. Ruth sat alone, bored. David was gambling. ...read more.

Middle

I was drunk and couldn't keep my balance. I did the talking and the other members stayed silent. We got stuck at times, which was obvious. So then I improvised that Mary was a feminist. When Mary came on stage we, the audience just screamed. It was funny but it was a waste of time and no useful information was given. Our second flashback was about Peter at work. In this scene Peter got angry when paperclips fell on the floor! We hinted that Peter suffered from Schizophrenia. When he was nice he was Peter, when he was not, he was Simon. It was quite difficult but Peter would say things like, "Simon doesn't get bossed around!" It looked weird at first but it was realistic. I was the boss and even I was scared of Peter. I talked to Peter in a politer way and did what he said. ...read more.

Conclusion

So I put Dean to bed and went over to play with Michael. As more and more tasks cam up, I realised how hectic Susan's life was. Susan was so depressed at the time, with no family or friends, a dead relationship and two children to look after on her own, I do not blame her for her actions. The case reduced me to tears. I feel that all the blame was on her shoulders and the equally culpable Frederick was in a way let off which was wrong. I think this was the most touching piece of drama that I have done. When I read the articles on each of the ladies I wonder how they coped through the problems they had. I learnt, to understand drama you have to think deeper just like I did by miming Susan Poole's life, I began to understand what she felt deep down. That was my favourite part of the drama work. I really enjoyed doing mime but there is still room for improvement. 'Women in Crime' was a strong topic and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. ...read more.

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