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Post 1914 Drama Coursework assignment: you are directing a production of 'Journey's End' choose two key scenes/episodes in which you can explore how Sheriff creates and relieves dramatic tension.

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Post 1914 Drama Coursework assignment: you are directing a production of 'Journey's End' choose two key scenes/episodes in which you can explore how Sheriff creates and relieves dramatic tension. Discuss how you would maximise the impact of these scenes by reference to: . Delivery of words . Gesture and expression . Movement In this assignment I am going to refer to two specific scenes in which I think dramatic tension is created and relieved extremely well using words, gesture, expressions and movement. The two scenes I am going to look at do portray the real life of war, showing how war can destroy you physically and emotionally. The author does this very well using expressions and movement. The two scenes I am going to focus on are act 2 scene 1 and act 2 scene 2. In act 2 scene 1 there is an incident between Raleigh and Stanhope. Raleigh has joined Stanhope's regiment and he has known Stanhope since he was at school. Raleigh writes a letter, which is to be sent to his family. ...read more.

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You can tell yourself that Stanhope is really angry because you can imagine this situation yourself and Sheriff describes what is happening and tells the movements that are taking place e.g. when it says "(in a quiet voice)" so you know how it will sound or be spoken, then it says "Stanhope rises slowly and turns to face Raleigh." "Give me that letter!" using the exclamation mark tells us that that short sentence is to be shouted. Also the stage direction says Stanhope puts his hand out for the letter showing that he expects the letter in his hand no question about it. Raleigh again tries to reassure Stanhope that there is nothing bad written about him but Stanhope is really angry and Raleigh says "but I tell you there's nothing-Dennis-I'm" Stanhope replies, "Don't Dennis me! Stanhopes my name!" Raleigh is ever so shocked that Stanhope has turned on him in such a cruel way. Raleigh is sent out and leaves Stanhope. ...read more.

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The tension is created when Hibbert says "this neuralgia of mine, I'm awfully sorry but I'm afraid I can't stick it any longer, I must go down". Stanhope won't allow this; Stanhope again gets very angry at this point and starts to threaten Hibbert. Hibbert tries to get past Stanhope but Stanhope 'throws him roughly back' then Hibbert hits Stanhope with his stick. The highest point of tension is when Stanhope holds a gun to hibbert's head and threatens to shoot him. Hibbert is scared, you can see this where his voice changes and Hibbert starts to stammer, people stammer when they are scared or nervous. Although Hibbert is frightened to death he dares Stanhope to shoot him. When Hibbert tells Stanhope to shoot him again Stanhope realises he is wrong and pulls the gun away and says " good man Hibbert I liked the way you stuck that." Hibbert is extremely relieved that Stanhope hasn't shot him and bursts into tears because he can't believe what has happened to Stanhope or anyone during their time in the trenches. At this point the tension is then being relieved. ...read more.

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