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GCSE Drama: Portfolio of Evidence Task 1: Response Phase

We were initially given two texts to progress from. The first, a photograph of a female Jewish refugee in 1938 arriving in Britain. There were no captions or headings, just the photo itself. At the outset, we were very interested in what we were expected to do as the text was very stimulating. We then had to create a background, something of a history for our Jewish girl, and produce a fact file. We decided on an age of just 16 and we thought it would be very rewarding if we added the idea of her witnessing her mother's death and believed that we could produce some great ideas and develop dramatic techniques of an emotional standard never before practised...

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Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads – A monologue commentary

After reading a selection of monologues from Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads", I was inspired to right one of my own. In my monologue the focus is on a young girl who lives alone with her father, who abuses her. The title, 'A father's love', is ironic because if her father loved her, then why would he abuse her? This links to the monologues written by Alan Bennett as he also uses the technique of irony to engage the audience. The opening stage directions show some aspects of the character's lifestyle, "Emma sits on a battered leather armchair in a plain living room" From reading this, the audience will be able to identify the poor lifestyle that the girl experiences; this is also shown...

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Critical Analysis of Presentations

I have chosen to analyse the performance of Jamie Hackshaw (Son), Danny Hodsall (Father) and Lee Green (Doctor), and my own group's presentation, which were both based on breaking the news of cancer. Danny Hodsall's group portrayed the news of cancer being broken to a Father and Son in a Doctor's Surgery. Ours involved the news being broken initially to the victim's daughter, and then to the rest of the family. In Danny's group, the doctor was positioned with his back to the audience. This was effective because it meant that the focus was not on his face, just on the reactions of the Father and Son. It might have created a problem with acoustics and blocked the audience's view of the...

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Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man’ Ignatius Loyola

Evaluation 'Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man' Ignatius Loyola Upon hearing this statement I began to think if and how it was possible. I decided to comprehend it as saying a person possesses the same character traits throughout his or her life. This then triggered my imagination to consider the possible character traits one can possess. We discussed possible character traits in a group and how a person changes with a particular mannerism during his or her lifetime. We were then delegated a practical assignment in which we have no longer than eight minutes to portray different stages in a group of peoples' lives and how they progress with time. The assignment was to...

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Drama Review – The Straits

The Straits is a play set on the small British colony of Gibraltar around the time of the Falklands war. The play centres on a group of three friends - Jock who is Scottish, Darren who is English and had recently moved to Gibraltar and Doink who is English born and Fiercely patriotic. Before the play began there was no music playing and dimmed blue lighting adorned the sloped cross-like stage. Behind the stage was a massive projection screen, and at downstage-left and right there were small staircases leading down to here the front row were sitting. The play began with the three boys performing an elaborate abstract dance in which they removed their clothes, it culminated in the gang...

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–°omparing the ‘Club 18-30’, ‘Superfamily’ and ‘Forever Young’ brochures and seeing how they attract their target audience

Media is the means of communicating news and information to the public via printed and visual media. In contemporary society printed media has become an essential way to advertise a product to its target audience, as it is a cheap and accessible form of communication. Furthermore, examples of printed media can be seen in many different ways as they are varied forms such as leaflets, newspapers and brochures. For this particular piece of coursework I will be comparing the 'Club 18-30', 'Superfamily' and 'Forever Young' brochures and seeing how they attract their target audience by using various linguistic and presentation devices. The Club 18-30 brochure appears to be aimed towards a younger and more outgoing audience who are partygoers. This can...

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Describe and evaluate your rehearsal process

As we rehearsed our performance we realised that certain sections in our piece didn't work with others which resulted in our performance not capturing the audience's attention as much as we would like. To resolve this problem we went over and talked about our piece highlighting the sections we thought were causing the problem. The scenes which we thought caused the problem were as follows: The opening scene which was the tour guide as this beginning wasn't very dramatic which we thought wouldn't create much interest. We felt it is better to have a powerful opening as it grabs the attention from the audience which makes them more excited about what is going to follow in the performance. Following the tour...

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Sample theatre review (Don John)

Kneehigh theatre productions is back bringing it's latest masterpiece, Don John, to centre stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Inspired by the legendry libertine, Don Giovanni, director Emma Rice has shaped and adapted this fictional character into many of Kneehigh's visually captivating performance's. We have the mind-numbingly dull vicars wife Anna, Zerlina the polish cleaner and Elvira, a lovelorn women who we seriously worry for a number of times throughout the play; the plot sees the dangerously appealing womanizer Don John's sordid ways halted to a permanent stop by three of his victims- instead of the statue, who makes a daunting appearance in the original tale of the infamous man who loved to have his wicked way. The boisterous play has...

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Richard Wilbur’s creation, Juggler presents the reader with number of images making this a very vivid poem

Richard Wilbur's creation, "Juggler", presents the reader with number of images making this a very vivid poem. On the literal level, by using devices such as movement, shape, sound and color the reader can picture the juggler's amazing performance. For example, Wilbur suggests positive responses from the audiences on the juggler's performance. "The boy stamp and the girls Shriek, and the drum booms...

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Teen angst monologue

I don't get it, why is it when you become a teenager everything gets so complicated and baffling? I mean, why are we supposed to know how to wear make up, get on diets, wear tight clothing, control our "calorie intake" and the list goes on and on and on. Is there some unwritten law that when you become a teenager you move into the realm of insanity? Well it's as if I'm on one crazy roller coaster ride that's taking forever to end. Think about it...

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