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GCSE DRAMA COURSEWORK: The Colour Purple For our Drama coursework we used an extract from a book by Alice Walker, called the colour purple. The content of this extract was quite emotional as the character in the extract is describing her deepest and darkest feelings about her and her husband in the extract. The character in the extract is called Netti, she is a woman and she lives with her partner Harpo; in the extract she describes Harpo to be a brutal and violent man, who beats her often. To help us explore the character of Netti the whole class did an exercise called Role on the wall; this was basically outlining the characteristics of Netti that we knew from the text and writing them down on post its and sticking them on to a body outline of Netti, then we also put onto post-its questions that we would ask Netti if she existed, so we could find out more about her. ...read more.


We also did a role play of Netti's mates and neighbors sitting together and talking freely about Netti and Harpo, this exercise managed to bring to light some of the classes personal views about the matter of what was going on between Netti and Harpo, this helped a lot in allowing all of the other students in the classroom to understand the characters of Netti and Harpo in a lot more depth, because it raised the idea of two different sides to the argument e.g. the side for helping Netti, or the side that justifies what Harpo is doing to her. We not only explored the character of Netti we also had to explore the character of Harpo we also did this in detail but maybe not as much detail as we used when we were learning about the character of Netti. We explored the character of Harpo in role play; the teacher split the class up into two groups and then told us to act out a night out with Harpo's mates at the pub. ...read more.


Also the confrontations that happened in the house between Harpo, his friend and Netti were all caused by simple things such as looking at each other and physical contact by accident. This showed the tension and the friction between Harpo and Nettie and it showed that even the simple things could trigger his anger. The confrontations that we used in the play were not well executed because we did not go over confrontations in the classroom and we did not have a great idea how to do them, because we were not taught well enough to do them. I thought that the whole class and I did well during all of this work, and that we needed to be a bit more time organized because part of the play was improvised because we hadn't organized our time properly so that we could rehearse every part of the play properly. ?? ?? ?? ?? Raphael Shalaby ...read more.

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