GCSE Drama Coursework - The script I chose to perform was entitled The Zoo Story and was written by Edward Albee.

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 Sophie Hearse – Jones 11W1                


                     GCSE Drama Coursework

The script I chose to perform was entitled The Zoo Story and was written by Edward Albee. I made a few alterations to the script to make it more interesting and easier to perform. I shortened the script to make it easier to learn in a short space of time, and cut out some pieces of the text. I also turned Jerry, into a female character, so that I could associate more with whom I was playing. I found it difficult to associate with Jerry as a male character because I found it difficult to imagine what a man would do in a situation like this, and thought a female character would suit this play better.

             The play is set on a park bench, in a park, which is situated in the heart of a city. It is about two middle-aged people, a man Peter and a woman Jerry, and how they meet and the conversation they have. Peter is a married man with 2 children, pets, a nice home and a steady job. Jerry is, however, a single woman, living alone in a small divided room with very few possessions. Jerry provides a contrast to Peter because of her fidgeting, impulsive and eccentric nature, while Peter is a quiet, content and highly regarded. I am staging the play on a park bench, in a park in the middle of a city. The bench will be situated centre stage, with a park running behind it. As the play only takes place in one spot, there is a lot of space that needed to be used up to keep the interest of the audience. I chose a few ways in which to use this space. An example of this would be at the start of the play where Jerry enters stage right, walks behind the bench around to where Peter is sitting. Also when Jerry’s questions become too personal, and angers Peter, he gets up and moves slightly forward. Both Jerry and Peter get up during the play and walk around when listing to something or asking questions.

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                 I contributed various things to the overall performance. These are stage directions, Jerry’s actions, Peter’s actions, the establishment of the relationship between the two characters, and what props/costumes should be used. I contributed to stage directions by suggesting when Jerry should enter at the start of the play. This was important because I wanted to make it look realistic, like a stranger was approaching another one and sort of did it by accident. I thought that if it were done this way then it would add effect and interest to the performance. ...

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