Evaluation of final performance- devised piece.

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Evaluation of final performance- devised piece.

        The purpose of our piece was to inform the audience of what actually went on in the German labour camps, and to inform the audience of what it was like to be a child in year 1960’s in the time when there were so many problems with Northern Ireland (and still today and before that). We intended to inform you of the sly and inhuman ways in which the Germans tricked Jews into their own death, how families were split apart, and the vicious ways in which they were killed. In the improvisation we wanted to show how difficult it was in Northern Ireland, going to holy cross primary school / high school where there were shootings. We really wanted the audience to feel how so many people died just for the area which they lived in and the religion which they followed. How the teenagers felt, knowing that they could get killed even though they had done nothing wrong. We wanted to show you the amount of power and punishment that goes on in the world that we can barely even think we understand.

        We decided to organise our work in this way:

  • Improvisation
  • Poem
  • Arbeit Macht Frei scripted piece.

We organised our material in such a way that we hoped we would get the effect that the improvisation was fairly modern 1970’s (proven by references to modern material e.g. the exorcist film) we wanted to perform the poem in the middle of the improvisation and Arbeit Macht Frei so that it is easy to take in the information we were giving be cause there wasn’t so much direct performing of it such as moving a lot or running.

        Our set design for the whole three sections was extremely basic, and I think not very effective as something more detailed would have been.  On set for the improvisation we had a plain black piece of cloth in the middle of the floor which represented the wall between the catholic and the protestant communities. I think the cloth was effective though because without it a lot of the acting would have made sense e.g. when the doll is thrown over the wall in the childhood scene, the children’s reactions would have been ambiguous to the audience because it should not be so bad to throw a doll over to some other children, but because of the symbolism of the cloth it looked as though there was a wall. The cloth was the main prop on stage throughout the improvisation but was taken away when we were performing the fantasy sections (what life would be like without the wall and the problems of the religions battling out against each other). During the teenage fantasy section of the improvisation we had three chairs on stage which were symbolising a bench. This was also helpful to convey our age to the audience as a common park bench is a popular place for teenagers to gather. IN Arbeit Macht Frei we didn’t have man y props except for a wicker basket which symbolised the suitcase in the scene where the Jews are all moving into one room. I don’t think this particular prop helped to make the play any better but still it helped bring it to life rather than improvising all the time.

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        The costumes in the entire devised piece were very simple, all black. We chose this because they were versatile and symbolic. Black is a very depressing colour and conveyed our emotions throughout the play. As children early on I wore a hat to break the severity of black so that I would look less worried and tense, and more playful like a 7 yr old. When Rachael was acting as a ghost during the scene where I am on my own she wore all black,  this portrayed the idea of heaven and being in peace, and also the purity and ...

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