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  1. Drama - death Row.

    I walked out of the pub and Sean followed me he got the gun out of his pocket and said sorry your time as run out. Then the was a black out to show the play has finished. I altered my facial expressions to show if I was angry or not. We then read several monologues on theme of death row. We also listened to a piece of music. The monologue was supposed to be sad, so the music went with the slow pace of the monologues which gives it a sadder feeling We were then told to create a performance using the monologues and the music.

    • Word count: 614
  2. A comparison of the ways in which the writers use language in “Masilo’s Adventure” and “My cousin comes to Jo’Burg”.

    "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" is about a young man who moves to Johannesburg to live with his cousin. He doesn't fit in and gets picked on by the 'street kids'. He doesn't understand the ways of city life. He was supposed to get a pass that allows him to stay in the city but when he gets caught without having one by the police is lucky to get away. In the end he gets his pass and gets a job, but he doesn't'' like to be tied down to one job and therefor goes through a large number of different jobs.

    • Word count: 869
  3. Sixth Sense - Film review.

    In scene one Cole returns home to find his Mother and Crowe sitting opposite each other. The audience immediately assumes that they have been talking. The camera shows Cole between his Mother and Crowe. Cole's Mother gets up and walks to the doorway. When she places her hands on him he does not look at her. It would seem to her that he is staring into space when in fact he is looking at Crowe. Even though she is used to his strange behaviour of late, she has no clue about how to act. The first time viewer assumes Crowe is there because there has been an appointment made.

    • Word count: 863
  4. My family and autism TV documentary - critical review.

    Luke introduces himself and each of his brothers and sisters from oldest to youngest, telling the audience their names, ages and form of autism. This gives the audience a sense of 'knowing' each child in the family. "My family and autism" follows many of the typical codes and conventions of documentary filming, which makes it very effective and immediately obvious it is a TV documentary. For example, it features Luke speaking on a video diary. I think this technique is more successful in playing with the audience's emotions than a normal interview, because the audience may think perhaps it is an insight to their true thoughts and feelings, hence the word 'diary'.

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  5. A comparative analysis of 'The weakest link' and 'Who wants to be a millionaire?'

    Game shows have slowly crawled their way back up the ladder of TV success. now days, popular shows are sold to companies all around the world, such as, 'The weakest link', and 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' these are both examples of incredibly modern and successful quiz shows, but both very different. After researching both shows in detail, I feel that I may have unearthed some of the deep secrets of the quiz show industry... 'The weakest link' evolves a group of strangers who have to work together as a team to win prize money of up to �10,000.

    • Word count: 963
  6. The very first scene of the play features Scullery explaining to the audience what they are going to experience by watching 'Road'.

    Eddie's father is fixing a vacuum cleaner and Eddie is getting ready to go out. Brink is also in the scene. Scene six is another scene that takes place on the road. It also establishes two new characters that are in most of the play, Dor and Lane. We also learn about the past that these characters have. Scullery and Lane have history together, Dor leaves and Lane and Scullery continue to reminisce. Cartwright has used this scene to link two more important scenes together. In scene seven Molly, who is mentioned by Scullery earlier, is brought into the story.

    • Word count: 950
  7. Road is structured into two clear acts, which each contain several scenes.

    There is no central backdrop and scenes are rarely revisited, but characters may appear in more than one scene. The action takes place over one whole night in a northern town although there is an exception to this time frame. Joey's story is not set over one night it is set over two or more weeks. The main reason for Cartwright upsetting his time frame like this is to emphasise the dismal and harrowing reality of what Joey and Claire have chosen to do. It is screaming at the audience to realise that the sorry state of the nation is forcing young people to commit suicide.

    • Word count: 464
  8. A film review on Shrek.

    The hero of the film is a character named Shrek. Shrek is unlike normal heroes. He is a terrifying Ogre, bright green skin and trumpet like ears. He is very unlike the regular Prince Charming sort of hero. He has smelly breath and isn't as clean as you would expect of a Hero. He lives in a dirty swamp and washes his teeth with the ooze from bugs. This is effective because it makes the audience find the Ogre funny and friendly, unlike most of the other characters in the story.

    • Word count: 783
  9. Review and evaluation on the production of 'Teechers' by John Godber and performed by Blonde Ambition Theatre Company.

    In one scene, the students talk about giving new teachers a hard time and seeing how far they can push them. The play outlines typical things that would go on in schools. As a result of these sub storylines the main one wasn't as clear as it could have been, although they were funny and could prove to be effective. The set costume and lighting was minimal but successful. It worked well because there was no need for a lot of interruption for set change.

    • Word count: 618
  10. In this essay I am going to evaluate my practical drama piece and compare what we did to an extract from Melvin Burgess' 'Junk'.

    I convinced the audience of this during my moments of hesitation, for example the scene leaving the barracks and in my soliloquy at the end. The strengths of the piece were the way it was set out, with the main dialogue delivered by Louise's ghostlike counterpart. I thought this worked well because it meant the other characters didn't have that many lines to learn and it was something that remained constantly throughout the play, so the audience could identify with both actresses of the main part.

    • Word count: 528
  11. In 1953, Mao launched the first five year plan. The aim of this plan was to build up China's failing industry and its backward economy.

    This plan became known as the "Great Leap Forward". Mao's specific intention of the Great Leap Forwards was to industrialise China to the level of Britain within 15 years. Not only did he intend on carrying on increasing production of heavy industry, but light industry and agriculture as well. All this required money, which China simply did not have. Although China was short of money to build such industries and technologies, it was by no means short of manpower as it was the world's most populous country.

    • Word count: 951
  12. In 'Absent Person Singular' we are as much aware of absent characters as of those who are present. This is one of the greatest dramatic achievements of the play.' Discuss.

    The audience is made aware of Dick and Lottie Potter when Sidney says 'It's only Dick and Lottie Potter'. At one point when Jane, the hostess, leaves to buy tonic water and she too, is an absent character. However, unlike the party the Potters, the audience have met her and do not anticipate meeting her in the same way as they do anticipating Dick and Lottie Potter. Having already met Jane, the audience knows who she is, what she looks like, but the Potters, on the other hand, are shown to the audience only through other characters in the play.

    • Word count: 966
  13. This essay will examine Tim Burton's remake of the science-fiction film 'Planet of the Apes'.

    Can he save them? 'Planet of the Apes' is set in a city, which is based on a mountain. The houses appear shabby and wind up the mountain, the road is a dirt track, suggesting primitives. In the street children are playing and older apes read the newspapers, this suggests heritance and similar resemblance to human culture. Trees are growing at the edge of the roads; they are lush and developed, which again suggest heritance and maturity. An ape is playing a type of harp, this portrays the image of culture and that the apes are mentally developed, in comparison to how we see them at present.

    • Word count: 848
  14. A Comparison Between The Techniques Used In Jurassic Park And Jurassic Park 3.

    The lighting techniques in Jurassic Park are predominantly expressive. This creates tension and mystery. It also adds to the danger. In most of the scene there is a backlight, to make the dinosaur/people stand out. The very bright torches make shadows, which add to the scary feel. The small-red warning lights add to the danger as red is associated with danger. The blue tones highlight the smoky fog so the people stand out even more. This lighting technique hides things from the audience. The lighting techniques used in Jurassic Park 3 are predominantly realist.

    • Word count: 841
  15. Refer to the opening, to the end of the first chorus. What concept of England and the English do you think Olivier was seeking to convey?

    The opening of the Laurence Olivier version began with strong martial music making it sound very glorious and triumphant. There was a model of Windsor castle in the city of London with calm music in the major key, the model was made so it looked believable unlike a fantasy.

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  16. Critical Analysis 4

    There is a comedy theme brought in by the Thernardiers for children, and for older people there is the love theme and the interest of world history - the French Revolution. The piece is successful with its target audience because it is realistic and believable, and gives out a feeling that people can understand. Throughout this performance I liked everything about it, but my favourite parts were the singing and the music, and the fact that I could relate to the plot's involvement in the French Revolution.

    • Word count: 838
  17. How successful do you think your performance was today in terms of conveying the story, creativity, mood and atmosphere, audience response?

    We used audience interaction throughout the play which made the children enthusiastic. It was the first time anyone in my group had performed in front of a live audience and in hindsight we could think about the different reactions we could expect to get from the children or from the age group we are acting for. How effective do you think your own characterisation was and why? I think I was quite effective as the narrator and brought the story across well to the children.

    • Word count: 894
  18. Write a critical appreciation of the poem that follows, looking particularly at its language, structure and imagery. You may find it helpful to know that the poet, Hugo Williams, is the son of the actor a playwright Hugh Williams.

    to place trust in statistics and figures, numbers are used as a form of authority, the young narrator permeates the tale with this outlook. The narrator emulate his father's persona by drawing attention to small details such as "his sheepskin coat" and the fact he is "smoking fifty [cigarettes] a day" this allows the reader to construct a mental image of the narrator's father; these memorable pieces of personal property embody the narrator's father, and are almost like an actor's costume in a stage play.

    • Word count: 753
  19. The play I am analysing is Passing Places, by Stephen Greenhorn. Passing places is a contemporary Scottish play, and is a comedy.

    The message I thought he tried to convey however was more of a spiritual message. Throughout the play, Stephen Greenhorn continually makes references about letting go, and letting it happen. The characters of Iona and Serge, who are very basic, spiritual people, he shows that you don't need lots of money, or gadgets to be happy. Plato himself once said, "The way to increase happiness is not to increase money, it's to decrease wants". The change in Alex's behaviour from beginning to end was quite dramatic and believable.

    • Word count: 965
  20. Little Polish Boy with Too Much Punch for Judy.

    The TIE production "Too Much Punch for Judy" which we read, watched and did some practical with helped my group with ideas for the play. The most useful material concerning the piece was the poem about the "Little Polish Boy" as it is a reoccurring stanza created in the piece. The poem sculptured the TIE aspect as it made the piece more emotional, which made the audience think and feel more for the characters. Our piece was set in 1944 during World War 2 however too much Punch for Judy was a modern piece.

    • Word count: 661
  21. Theatre Review - Almost Human.

    Tarzan is then bought by an animal acting company. His first job is for an advert. Each take, he does something wrong, and eventually scares the actress and causes a fight. He is then sold to a laboratory, where he is tested on. One of the scientists feels guilty, and ends his life. Structure In my opinion, I don't think the play builds to a big climax, but you can tell that the monkey is going to die at the end. I think the segues were well done, and the variety of scenes worked well for the storyline.

    • Word count: 944
  22. How would you perform the role of Chebutykin in Act I and Act III of Three Sisters?

    Chebutykin is old, as in Act I, Chebutykin says, "I am nearly sixty - a lonely, useless old man." When entering for the first time in Act I, Chebutykin reads a newspaper. While doing this, I would squint my eyes and hold the newspaper a distance away from me as if trying to focus. This would show deterioration in his eyesight. I would also walk slowly and slightly hunched. When he fetches the Samovar, I would walk extremely slowly, and have difficulty carrying the present. When speaking, I would stutter slightly, and sometimes slow down as if to remember what I was saying.

    • Word count: 641
  23. A Comparison between Commedia Dell’ Arte and Trestle

    Commedia was originally an Italian based company and uses half masks. Trestle is an English based company and uses full masks. Both companies inspired other shows and companies such as Cirque Du Soliet. With Commedia if the audience had seen the last play they did, they would already know the characters. They were performed almost like our soap opera's today, in a weekly or a monthly series. Trestle is very different from Commedia in this way. Trestle devise polished improvisations with different characters every time they create a new play. Also one big difference was that Commedia could speak where as Trestle cannot.

    • Word count: 652
  24. How Suspense is built up.

    Camera tracks Arbogast as he walks to the motel. He enters the door where we can see things a lot clearer. He enters a room where he sees a safe open and then the camera does a point of view shot to show the audience the stuffed creatures on the wall, this shows the audience Bates or someone else living in the house likes to stuff things which is significant for what happens later on in the film. The camera then goes to mid shot of Arbogast kneeling down to the safe finding it empty.

    • Word count: 826
  25. The Mother Form and Structure.

    Tension and suspense was used in the realistic scenes, where the communist workers were risking their lives for what they believed, what they should receive from work such as the gherkin scene where Pelagea is handing out gherkins wrapped around with leaflets advertising the revolution.

    • Word count: 433

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