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The fifteen streets, by Catherine Cookson

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23RD April 2002 G.C.S.E DRAMA PORTFOLIO- THE DEVELOPMENT PHASE THE FIFTEEN STREETS, BY CATHERINE COOKSON. We looked at two contrasting scenes from The Fifteen Streets and these were Act 2 Scene 1 and Scene 14, page 42. Act 2 Scene 1 was the scene at the Llywellen's house with James, Beatrice and Mary. This scene took place in their drawing room and the whole scene was about Beatrice's dislike for Mary's affair with John O'Brien. Beatrice is very with Mary over her relationship with John and she's not even disturbed by the presence of James although at the start of the scene, we see that she's a bit distracted by James. This was when James said; "Beatrice leave this to me" and we see her reply in a very angry tone of voice; "Too much has been left to you and now look at the outcome" but this didn't stop her from doing what she wanted to do. This particular scene is more or less a quarrel scene as it was an exchange of words or in other words a "word-to-word" scene. ...read more.


and also thought John had had a drink; "Oh John,you've never had a drink." Looking at the two scenes, their attitudes regarding John and Mary's relationship is very different. For the first scene, Beatrice totally disagrees with their relationship and John also looked a bit in favour of their relationship and really against their relationship while for the second scene, Mary-Ellen is shocked at it, is all right with it and somehow dislikes it and also thinks John will have more chance with the girl next door; "John, you'd have more chance with the stick next door" in this case referring to Christine Bracken. And to show some of these things, we used facial expressions, tone of voice, gesture and posture. We also made the scenes look different from each other considering the use of costumes and props, furniture, use of space, lighting and the stage plan because when it comes to financial problems, the two families are different. We didn't find any difficulties portraying the characters in order to show class differences.This was because we were shown or we had seen the two families in the film and straight away we knew which family it was. ...read more.


knowledge of the play and all the characters and the social differences as well.The other groups in my opinion have also done very well as they clearly showed that, they can use all the drama mediums to portray a character and also shown they really have a good knowledge of the play. This is the final scene in which Nancy is introduced.We see the attitudes of the O'Brien family towards her.John is alright with her presence but doesn't know why she frequently and Dominic who comes in later is trying to tease her but Mary-Ellen sends her home and Shane also storms out of the room earlier on.Creating the character of Nancy was easy because we all saw in the video how she spoke,acted like an 8 year old and her facial expressions.Actually it was a bit difficult but.The attitudes of the other characters towards her were different.We made her sit close to Mary-Ellen,John and Dominic but far from Shane,these attitudes can be seen in their speeches; "no! Never, she's bloody imbecile man!" said Shane and John, "you look very nice today Nancy ...read more.

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