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Another group skill that definitely contributed to the development of 'After Abigail' was our collective vocal skills. Many of the members of our group were skilful musicians and this aided dramatically in our attempt at re-creating music

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Amy Steptoe 13GR How did group skills contribute to the development of the drama? Our cast for 'After Abigail' consisted of nine people, which immediately had advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, although each member of the group had a lot of individual ideas, it was occasionally difficult to work on each and every one of them, due to us having to deal with such a large group, thus a large number of ideas. Although this at times resulted in a conflict of ideas, we attempted to utilise this to our advantage, making sure to avoid that people weren't underused of their individual skills. We achieved this successfully as each person was used to their full advantage, as each individual brought a new skill to the group, and an accumulation of these skills resulted in a very effective development of the drama. ...read more.

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Then at the end of the week, we performed each scene we had worked on during the week to the rest of the group, and received either positive feedback or constructive criticism that we each took on board. This specific group skill we introduced during the development process of 'After Abigail' worked very successfully and led to a productive and profitable development of the drama. In this sense we were very fortunate that we were able to integrate nine strong characters together and still divide our time, ensuring a strong rehearsal process. In fact during our tour around Drama colleges in London, a teacher from the 'Bedales School' actually complimented our many skills as a group with one in particular - our ability to take onboard critical advice and use it in a positive manner. ...read more.

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Another group skill that definitely contributed to the development of 'After Abigail' was our collective vocal skills. Many of the members of our group were skilful musicians and this aided dramatically in our attempt at re-creating music. Our choice to take no stereo system and use no sound effects was not only a result of the touring nature of our piece. It also came down to our ability to re-create sound just as effectively. Having singers and musicians within our group made this possible and aided effectively in the production phase of 'After Abigail' in particular. This collective usage of our voice skills was utlised in scene transitions and more significantly to simply root our piece securely into the 1970s. For example we used a few T-Rex songs during scenes for this purpose. Therefore, one of the most effective skills we possessed as a group was the use of our voices to re-create music and sounds. It effectively complimented the time period of 'After Abigail' and contributed heavily to the drama process. ...read more.

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