We read 'Heart's Desire' by Caryl Churchill and devised and performed a piece of drama following the main form and structure of it.

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We read ‘Heart’s Desire’ by Caryl Churchill and devised and performed a piece of drama following the main form and structure of it. We started with a basic script and added resets and random, strange events at various points throughout the play, as did Caryl Churchill.

        The main theme of both plays was waiting. In our play, we had two people waiting for their dates in a restaurant. In Caryl Churchill’s play, there was a family waiting for someone to return from the airport.

        ‘Heart’s Desire’ had more characters, as we worked in a small group. I think it is beneficial to have more characters, as each person would have less to do, and could concentrate more on individual characterisation. Another obvious difference between the plays is the age of the characters. The characters in Caryl Churchill’s play are much older than those in ours.

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        We saw a piece of devised theatre called ‘Bed’ performed by the ‘Fuse Theatre Company’. It linked in with our play because the characters were quite young, as were ours. A lot of the random scenes in our play were based on the dream sequences in ‘Bed’ as they were very physical, unexpected and surprised the audience.

        The idea of Caryl Churchill’s play was to distance itself from the audience and keep them on their toes. The changes in the script, and the random events were designed both to entertain, and to surprise them, as in ‘Bed’. Our play did ...

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