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Language of performing arts.

       In Drama we studied different techniques and how to cooperate these techniques into our individual performances. We looked at the abnormal through characterisation and dialogue. We explored how different playwrights used characterisation and dialogue as a way of communicating to the audience. We looked at Steven Berkoff, Samuel Becket and William Shakespeare. All of these playwrights use different techniques which in our final performance we attempted to incorporate them all in some way or another. Samuel Becket is about the theatre of the absurd, the language that Becket uses is emptied of meaning, the words become senseless, useless and absurd. His plays have a dream like quality; he often dealt with real life problems such as dying and isolation. We looked at “end game” which demonstrated the absurdist qualities that Samuel Becket uses. Steven Berkoff has a contrasting style to that of Becket’s. His plays often filled with sex and furry he had a certain style of humour. His plays are usually very physical such as “metamorphosis” the actors are under great physical demand. He uses a technique called total theatre which is the idea of the audience using all of their senses. William Shakespeare has a distinctive style of dialogue, verses and proe’s- 10 syllables, iambic pentameter. Shakespeare incorporates the use of dramatic irony (the audience knows something that the character does not.) Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of the most famous playwrights there ever was, and still is.

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Devising our piece trying to integrate all techniques was hard as we had to submerge them all to make it a successful drama performance. We got into small groups, out group consisted of four people. We firstly looked over techniques that the three above playwrights use and try to adapt those to the stimulus that we were given. As a group we decided that the stimulus (poem) was related to religion, as it had many hidden connotations to do with sin. Due to the religious element of the poem we wanted to collaborate it with the theatre of the absurd ...

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