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Evaluation - 'A Taste of Honey' by Shelagh Delaney

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Evaluation - 'A Taste of Honey' We began looking at the play 'A Taste of Honey' by Shelagh Delaney in a naturalistic style. During the first few workshops, we were exposed to the set, the characters, their relationship, their moods and their everyday lives. We acknowledged the fact the Helen and Jo were mother and daughter but didn't always get on and there always seemed to be an essence of competition in their relationship, more like a power struggle. This power struggle can be seen visibly through the text and the way the play is written. We used Tableaux to show moods and relationships established in the first few pages. This gave me a strong, in depth, realistic perspective to the play. When we used out facial expressions and gestures to create a frozen picture, it really helped us to gain an insight into Helen and Jo's relationship. I think that tableau is one of the most effective skills used in drama today. ...read more.

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When I was asked the question 'Do you think are a good role model towards Jo?' I had to think up a well structured reply that also sounded realistic. In my opinion, Hot Seating was a very effective skill that I liked to use as I think that it really makes one familiar with the character that he or she is playing. It makes you think on your feet and really feel like you are that person. This skill, as an actor made me a lot stronger. Although I didn't use Hot Seating consistently when looking at 'A Taste of Honey,' I found it an interesting a useful technique that I could use in the future. Once I had got in contact with my characters inner feelings, using Hot Seating, I decided to experiment with Forum Theatre. Forum Theatre is were everybody could take part and each implement and input their own ideas, making the acting stronger. Better known as the fourth wall, the audience can have a chance to say what they liked and what that didn't like. ...read more.

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We took away the original script and just used facial expression, gestures and noise's to create a clear perspective for the audience to understand. I have learnt that you don't need the original script to understand what is going on between the characters. Expressionism can reveal the moods, themes, relationships and the characters emotions in a very symbolic way which can also be much more powerful than naturalism. I have learnt a lot from using 'A Taste of Honey.' I can now look back on it and see how the process has made me develop my drama skills. From just using tableaux's which are quite strong, to experimenting with effects such as Forum Theatre and Expressionism. I have now taken a more abstract approach to drama. We have learnt not to just look at a piece of drama from a naturalistic point of view but to take it further and looking a symbolism and expressionism. These are so powerful and can make your play have a lot more impact on the audience. I have learnt a lot from 'A Taste of Honey,' it has been a worthwhile project to look at for GCSE Drama. Joseph Pegram 11A ...read more.

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