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Throughout the second Drama course, we have been studying a play called East is east. We used a variety of different medium and elements of drama as well as explorative strategies

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Response Phase Throughout the second Drama course, we have been studying a play called 'East is east'. We used a variety of different medium and elements of drama as well as explorative strategies in order to gain an understanding of the play in full depth. In addition, we used these strategies in order to appreciate the play. During the course we improvised and prepared performances using some of the themes: Arranged marriages, Religion, Sexuality, Honor, Respect and Patriarchy Muslim culture. Furthermore such themes as Inter-racial relationships and Circumcision were used to perform abstract pieces for the audience to visualize the surroundings of our play and to create their own image of the occurrences from each person's perspectives. When preparing the arranged marriage performance, we studied arranged marriages through the text 'east is east' as a mixed family of both English and Indian members residing in England have a clash of culture. The father's side of the family believes in Muslim culture as the mothers English side is more modern and don't believe in any sort of traditional culture. The arranged marriage is a part of the historical Muslim tradition which has run down through generations. My group and I used four individual scenes to represent the stages of the marriage. ...read more.

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In this case it is Abdul sharing his opinions. Minor characters are dressed less formally while characters such as George and Mr. Shah wear elegant clothes or a suit to represent maturity and authority. 'Thought tracking', another explorative strategy was used to ensure that each character could speak their mind and feelings with emotions and facial gestures. This would aid the audience tremendously as they could get a deep understanding of the characters beliefs, which could effectively make them appreciate the play more or feel sentimental. The monologues used ranged from a few words to on-going sentences explaining the loss or joy in arranged marriages. The building up of intensity was used during scenes to provide suspense to the audience. This would inevitably capture their attention. The monologues aid in the creation of suspense while the still images and transitions from each scene leading to a finale would inspire the audience to either want to watch on or to deeply think about the problems issued with arranged marriages. Such problems involve the son or daughter of the father to be deeply dissatisfied with the irreversible choices of their parents. Symbolism was used to create an abstract set. This aided the performance to appear more interesting as random items of clothing could be used to represent different feelings of emotion. ...read more.

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Monologues used by each character were just words to represent the different feelings of emotion such as dirty, mature, and pure and cleanse. These words effectively portrayed the issue with having a foreskin in the perspective of Muslims. However not all people would come to think of having a foreskin as a bad thing. Each characters beliefs and understandings were clearly depicted through the performances of our drama group. Each group had a different manor or demonstrating the effect of having a fore skin and the dangers involved with arranged marriages. Each character was a hard role to undertake however each individual in our group rose to the challenge and managed to use facial gestures, body language, monologues and strategies in order to construct a mater piece that clearly represents the occurrences from 'East is east'. Not only did it help use appreciate the text more, but the experience of acting with one another helped us to develop a greater understanding of the text. I believe that the greatest actors such as Sebastian and Jack truly portrayed their feeling using both verbal and physical ideas. They were able to adjust to the characters personalities, respect level and feelings towards the individual themes. Furthermore, the plays were executed perfectly as the mixture of different abilities in our class helped one another develop an adjustment to each characters basic personality. David Steel 11M2 ...read more.

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