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The Terrible Fate Of Humpty Dumpty and ‘Blue Remembered Hills’

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The two plays that we have looked at were 'The Terrible Fate Of Humpty Dumpty' and 'Blue Remembered Hills'. Both of these plays had a similar plot and theme. The themes that carried out throughout the pair of these plays were children, death, bullying, peer pressure and cruelty. The rough outline of 'The terrible fate of Humpty Dumpty' is that some children start picking on an individual and make him do something against his will. The result of him doing this is that the child ends up dead and the rest of the kids try to cover up what has happened. The play is designed to be set in the present day and to be very naturalistic. One problem that our group especially, faced was that we didn't have anything like the right amount of people to fill in all of the characters. We over came this problem by merging two characters together or cutting out a character altogether. The first cut that we thought was natural to make was to get rid of 'Terry'. We thought that he was not a needed character as all e did was come on and die. ...read more.


When I was saying the line, "Will you all just shurrup? I'm trying to think" I tried to slow down this line and make it sound the 'Stubbs' was not panicking, but that he was trying to stay in control of the situation. When I was delivering the line, "I'm warning you" near the end. I was making threatening impression towards the character 'Sammy' as he was the focus of the bullying at that stage. The costume that I decided to wear for playing 'Stubbs' was very casual: Baggy jeans, hoody, T-shirt and trainers. I picked this costume to show that my character was not the kind of person who goes to trouble to look nice around his mates. This is a diagram to show what I was wearing: The play that we chose to compare The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty with was called Blue Remembered Hills. This was originally designed for television but was adapted for the theatre in 1984 by a man called Dennis Potter. It is set in the West Country around the time of WW2. The themes are much the same as The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty as there is a lot of bullying, cruelty and peer pressure that shows how cruel children can be. ...read more.


They are wearing dull greys and blues, the girls are wearing skirts while the boys are wearing short trousers and shirts. In the scene that we saw the characters showed a lot of what goes on in their own lives and played it out in their game of 'families'. One of these occasions is when Donald says that he has cut of his finger and says, "Cut me b****y finger off". Donald is swearing as his family probably shouts and swear a lot at each other at home. Another time that the children show what goes on in their real life in their game is when Audrey tries to be the 'perfect mum'; "I'll just go and put the kettle on". This is typical of what any mum would do on T.V and Angela thought instantly that this is how all mums behave. In this scene Donald also shows what went on in his childhood. When Audrey says, "Smack the baby Donald." And Donald replies, "No Audrey, You can't hit a baby". This shows that Donald was probably hit when he was a baby so he knows that it is wrong. Between the two plays I proffered 'The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty' as it was more relevant to children our age and it was very naturalistic and really made a point to me. ...read more.

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