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Our group worked on the play text 'A View from a Bridge' by Arthur Miller - In this response section I shall focus on the use of explorative strategies used to explain how the use of them enhance my understanding of the play.

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Drama Coursework; Unit 2 'A View From a Bridge' Our group worked on the play text 'A View from a Bridge' by Arthur Miller. In this response section I shall focus on the use of explorative strategies used to explain how the use of them enhance my understanding of the play. We had many group discussions on the play with in the class, which were extremely helpful to those who had not yet read the text. These discussions were a brilliant way of contributing your thoughts, and you ideas on the book to the rest of the class, and to with the rest of the class, learn more about the book, and analyse each detail of it. Such discussions were on the characters, and various situations in the play, such as Eddie's secret love for his niece. In a couple of instances in the group discussions, the parts of the characters in the text were allocated to people to become. ...read more.

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The topic of our devising may have been the characters, the plot or the general circumstances of our scene. However it was an essential part of the drama to enable every one in the group to have some input in the scene, and to make sure all the details of the scene were finalised with everyone. We then created a scene based on knowledge gained through the play text and the discussions and showed it to the class, and received in return their comments. However our teacher did not believe any one in our group had the characters as believable as they could, and thought they needed improving. She decided upon giving us an extremely beneficial exercise into do as a class, which would make us look deeper into our characters, as so there fore convey a better example of that character in our scenes. We all had to stand up, facing our teacher, in a way we believed our character would stand, also incorporating facial and bodily stance. ...read more.

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We were all in a group of four, and had only one speech from one character to create a scene out of. We devised amongst the group, which would be the most effective way of delivering the character's speech to the class. We decided upon cutting the paragraph in certain areas, into sentences, which could then be allocated to individuals. We then composed ourselves to being character involved, who happened to be 'Alfieri,' and mapped out where each of us was to stand. We decided to start the scene in a freeze frame, but to let the end flow, with repetition of the final line, the voice dynamics getting quieter as the words trailed out. We thought this effect would be good in conveying an inner voice speaking, and would also allow for the next group to add their scene, the following in the play, onto it. The use of mime was also rather important in this scene as well. With hand gestures and facial expressions the climax could be reached, the true expression of the person could come out, making a more believable performance. ...read more.

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