• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Scripted performance Two: My Mother Said I Never Should.

Extracts from this document...


Drama Coursework Scripted performance Two: My Mother Said I Never Should By Charlotte Keatly Influence and Ideas I thought that it was important to find a play with four female characters as we were all girls and although we are able to play boys/men it makes it more believable to the audience and means we can be more into our character and act more realistically if we all play our own s*x. I had already been studying the play in English and so thought that it would be an interesting play to act. Interpreting the Theme Although the play was a straightforward play about the lives of four generations of women, it was still difficult to understand, as in many places, the play jumped to scenes containing all four women as children. We thought it would be important to act some of these but if we were to act them, we first had to understand them. Basically, these scenes are in the play for many reasons, they show us about the children's view of 'The Curse' of course, meaning women's Menstruation. This represents womanhood as a 'curse' because, due to the social rules, women found themselves not having as much opportunity as men. ...read more.


therefore making it a lot harder to become the character. Although this helped me to establish what my character was like, it did not help me to distinguish how my character would react when faced with different situations. For this I had to use slightly different techniques. Rehearsal Techniques As well as continually rehearsing, we had to use a number of techniques in order to make our acting 'believable'. For this, I again used some of Stanislavski's techniques, including, 'emotional' and 'sensory' memory. I particularly used this in being a child as a tried to remember what my outlook of the world was when I was that age. I also took time to watch younger children, and to see how they respond to difficult situations. I also tried to look at the way young children move, at the age of nine, they are not really very fidgety any more and they are starting to gain an understanding of life. However, they still do not know all there is to no, and get a little confused from time to time. This is also made evident within the scenes that we act. Evaluation Overall I thought my work towards the rehearsals of the play and the performance itself was good. ...read more.


We also had to do some work on our character's motives and objectives. What were the characters trying to achieve at any point of time? Each character had a purpose and a motive, what we had to work out was when and what it was. Not only did we need help structuring the mind of the character but also the body positions, again we used freeze frames which are always useful as they freeze the action which is going on and determine whether the positions of the characters bodies coincides with what is going on in their heads. Also we used character modelling where we all reshaped each others characters as they could see our positions more clearly than we could, this proved a useful exercise as this helped us choreograph the play much more thoroughly. All in all the play went pretty well. All of the actresses came across problems that they managed to overcome tremendously. I am very proud of all of us and feel that after a lot of hard work the final performance was a great success. I think that the movement and expression in the play was particularly good as everyone had mastered the movements and opinions of children and that was not an easy task to grasp. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. My Mother Said I Never Should - Plot and Subplot

    it is suggested that she has had a miscarriage 'you would never have lost the baby." Jackie tells her mother that she played with her doll, and Margaret, upset because of the possible miscarriage, lashes out at Jackie, upsetting her.

  2. The importance of the social and historical context of Mother Courage and her Children

    Songs were also used to introduce the next scene. The musicians were in front of the stage, in view of the audience and the only music Brecht used was in the songs so not to create unwanted atmosphere. Brecht used projection or plagues that gave the audience a summary of what would happen in the scene, this was so

  1. My mother said I never should Plot and Subplot My ...

    The main theme of this play is relationships and what children inherit from their mother. Mainly female relationships, not because this play counts male relationships as unworthy (this is not a feminist play) but because the relationships between women is what this play focuses on.

  2. My Mother Said I Never Should - Form, Structure and Language

    This is where the main issues are discussed, and where secrets are revealed. Jackie discovers that Doris was illegitimate, and Rosie comes close to finding out who her biological mother is. We are also introduced to objects and moments that will have more significance in Act three.

  1. Community Performance project.

    We felt the use of a poem was best as it drew together song (verses and choral speech) and acting creating a link across the art forms. As well as the need for a closing scene out rehearsals highlighted other things the piece would benefit from having added.

  2. Drama Coursework: Absurdism Freeze Frames We used freeze frames ...

    * Performing a play with no props. Having to pretend we are doing something. My group comprised of: Adrian, Lisa, Sheldon, Luke and myself. We had a couple of minutes to think up a play called "Toys". We based it on toy story. I was an army soldier proposing to Lisa-a Barbie doll.

  1. A.I Coursework

    I also liked Ruge City and the futuristic robots at the end of the film. As the Flesh Fair scene starts there is a long shot from a very high angle to make the Flesh Fair look intimidating and dangerous.

  2. Monologue Choice. I eventually found one monologue its called 'my mother said I never ...

    (Pause. Effort.) Graham ? your father. (Silence.) He couldn't be there the day you were born, he had to be in Liverpool. He was married. (Emphatic.) He loved me, he loved you, you must believe that!

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work