My rehearsals were successful because beforehand I had done research about my other character Peter we watched the film of Blue remembered hills, I focused on the very first scene of the play between Willie and Peter the boys are playing in the country side and it was clear from the film that peter had a higher status than willie, their friendship is very similar to Audrey’s and Angela’s. I was able to use ideas from the film in our own piece, for example in the opening scene I used physical skills that were noticeable in the film such as when Peter sits onto off willie and threatens to spit on him unless he gives him the apple. I used my physical skills and looked down on Willie when I did this whilst putting my hands on his back so he wasn’t able to get up this help to show that peter was more of a dominant character than Willie.
We used the rehearsal technique of hot seating to help develop our characterization. Hot-seating helped me to develop my vocal skills. During hot-seating I discovered when answering a question that when Angela speaks she raises her tone when she is in control. I was able to use this in our performance when Angela speaks to Audrey “Why do you always have to ruin it Audrey?” I used a higher pitch and made my tone sound sterner this really helped to portray the tension between the two girls at certain points. I also noticed when we did hot seating that when I was asked a question about Wallace Wilson my character smirked, I was able to use this when Angela talk about Wallace; “When I’m older Wallace Wilson will be my husband.” I smirked when I mentioned Wallace’s name this helped with my childlike attitude and made Angela seem even more confident.
To help my group progress in rehearsals I wrote all of scenes on A4 paper and stuck them to the wall so that everyone was able to see which scene was next and then they were able to prepare which ultimately improved our performance and really helped in the final polishing stages.
Although all of my research and rehearsal techniques were helpful I found that the Emotional memory exercise helped me most of all with my character of Peter. Emotional memory is where you try and use your own experiences to help you create an emotion by adapting your experiences and memories to the needs of your character. This helped me with my physical skills as I was able to use a pervious memory of my friends and running around a field pretending to be soldiers in the war. I was able to adapt this memory to my character peter and apply this to the opening scene when willie and peter are also pretending to be pilots in the war, I ran around the stage being a plane gunning people to the floor until I too was shot and then I fell down.
I also used the emotional memory technique to develop my vocal skills, I used the memory of when I was running around the field and adapted it to portray excitement. I used vocal skills when iw as making the plane noises I used a high pitch and went from a fast to slow paced breath to show that I was beginning to get tired I over emphasized breathing in and out like a child would to show my immaturity.
Research and rehearsal techniques helped my group to develop our characterization and our overall performance.