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The Rainforest When I think of the Rainforest, I usually associate it with Geography so I was a little taken aback to find we were studying it as a Drama topic. My knowledge of the Rainforest was very limited. To be precise, I knew there was one, and that it was mentioned on 'Newsround' a lot, but if you were after any more information, I wouldn't be able to help. Because I wasn't the only un-enlightened (ignorant) person in the class, the first couple of lessons on this subject were dedicated to the 'vital statistics' side of things, exploring dry facts and figures. We also learnt something about an environmentalist, called Chico Mendez whose name was familiar to me because I'd read it many times in the dedication at the beginning of a children's book called 'Oi, Get Off Our Train' by John Burningham. Before we began the study of the Rainforest, that was all I knew about him but I have since learnt how he campaigned tirelessly and lost his life trying to raise global awareness about the plight of the rainforest and its inhabitants; He warned of the inherent dangers of continuing to exploit its natural resources. ...read more.


She did a very good job. I almost forgot where I was. The second poem was called " ". This one was about the destruction of the rainforest. The music that accompanied it had more of a panic aggressive feel to it. The class agreed also but when it came to reading it aloud, no one seemed to put the aggression in their voice. This one was too hard to do. Staying on the topic of sounds, the class was told to lay down and to close our eyes. A different piece of relaxation music was played quietly, just as background noise and the class was told to imagine the rainforest just after it had rained as all the animals were coming out from their shelters. We were told in our own time to begin in making the sounds we would hear. Afraid of making a fool out of myself, I just lay there. Others must have been worried about looking silly as well and no noises were made. I could sense the group's uncomfortable ness and could hear people fidgeting. This was probably their way of dealing with it. Eventually, I think it was Amma who got over her ego and began making the sounds. ...read more.


I didn't want to become a liability to the group. I was working along side Siana and Ronald who I felt to be strong actors and Elsa who has got potential but doesn't get into the work as much as she could although the same could be said for Siana. Siana was more of a leading role person but decided to take the passengers seat and made way for Elsa. If top marks were what the group was after, this wasn't a very clever move. The scene itself worked fine if you overlook the fact that Elsa missed out various important main links and lines. Our group took a more comical approach to the scene whereas the other groups were more serious. The remaining three groups were equally as good as each other and I'm not just saying that. No one individual really stood out from anyone else on the acting front, which is something very important. This means even the strongest actor couldn't be separated from the less abled. Everyone pulled his or her weight. I did however feel sorry for Amma. Her acting was brilliant, her expressions were top class. Then why do I feel sorry for her? She was put in a group with the biggest ham actors in the class. Saloum and Triston. How she managed to keep her cool as well as a straight face, I will never know. ...read more.

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