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Unit 1 Task 1-The Response Phase

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Introduction

The response phase unit 1 task 1 Over the last few weeks we have been studying the two scripts, Valerie and Oedipus. We used some of the explorative strategies to help us understand and develop the plays. Oedipus is a Greek play. In Greece they perform plays in an Amphitheatre which has a lot of people that's why they use coral speech so that everyone in the audience can hear them. Oedipus was an unusual play compared to Valerie because I found Valerie easy to understand. Valerie is a play about a woman that has been mistreated by her husband. Oedipus is a Greek play about a bad prophecy that's going to happen if they don't kill Oedipus, he will kill his father and marry his mother so they decide to kill their son, but everything started going wrong. I found it confusing and the type of language they spoke in was difficult to remember, where as Valerie we could make up our own lines. ...read more.

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I had to make my body language high and mighty; I also used my facial impressions to show this. I made my voice loud and strong to make me sound powerful. I find role play very useful because it helps me adapt to different characteristics quickly. We also used marking the moment; marking the moment is when you pick a specific part of the play and mark it by using slow motion and music. For our scene we used slow motion because we felt it was appropriate. For "Valerie" we used lots of explorative strategies one of them was hot seating. Hot seating is when an actor is asked various questions about their character by the audience. By using this strategy I found out a lot about the person I am playing, also by applying this strategy it helped me understand the roles of the other characters. We also used still images, still images is an explorative strategy. ...read more.

Conclusion

Thought Tracking is when an actor steps forward and tells the audience what they are feeling inside. Also in some of the scenes we changed the way we act I think by using forum theatre it really improved the play, and it is a useful explorative strategy. Overall I liked studying both types of drama but I preferred 'Valerie' because I didn't have to learn a script so I wasn't worried about forgetting my lines, I can just improvise, and also you can have the freedom of how you act according to your character. Also the Greek play was too hard to understand so I couldn't put more efforts in and also you can't show your emotions clearly. I found 'Valerie easy to understand and to act out and also the explorative strategies helped me improve my performance. I also think that the audience enjoyed it too. Also because we used more explorative strategies in Valerie we could understand the play and our characters well. Sabiha Shorif 11.2 ...read more.

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