Rebellion In Drama Essay

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Rebellion in Drama

We started our work on rebellion as a class by thinking of all the
terms and groups of people associated with rebellion: we came up with
terrorism, strikes, the French revolution, motorbikes, drugs, alcohol,
anarchy, protests, sit-ins, rock music and teenagers along with

My first improvised scene was in a group of three. I played a modern
day teacher, who was trying to start a lesson, but the two students
were being disruptive. When one pupil storms out of the lesson, and I
bring him back in, the other is about to leave. We decided to use a
dramatic technique and so put a freeze frame at this point, then a
flashback to when I as the teacher was a teenager in the 1960's, in a
protest against cutting down trees. This brought irony to the piece,
as it showed the person who was against the rebellion was once a rebel

I think this piece went well, even thought we never performed it to
the class, because when we were practicing the characters seemed real
and not too 'over-the-top', we chose a good moment for the freeze
frame as it was tense and emotive, and it did fit the rebellion
criteria over two sets of generations. To have improved the piece even
more, we could have made it a bit longer, and perhaps expanded our
knowledge of the characters by spending more time considering exactly
what they would do in different situations.

Another group in the class chose to do a scenario in which a grandson
had rebelled against his grandmother, but the granddaughter was
getting all the blame and the grandson was seen as perfect. I think
that this was a good idea to work around, but to begin with some of
the acting was a bit 'over-the-top' and unnatural, when we were trying
to go for the understated approach, especially in reactions to
rebellion. However, the students developed these characters well and
in the final performance I think they did very well with their
understated approach. It is very hard for a young male to play an old
female character without it being seen as comedy, and so the acting
has to be at an even higher standard than normal in order to work.

In a classroom based lesson after this study, we watched clips from
different films showing rebellion over the decades and looked at
similarities and differences of rebellion through time. We looked at
the style of dress, mannerisms and music associated with a
stereotypical rebel from each era.

Our next improvisation was also set in modern day, and was about
arranged marriages. This time I was in a group of six, and I played a
girl who had already got married secretly, but her parents had an
arranged marriage set for her. I am the best friend of the main
character in the story, who is a girl whose parents have only just
told her that she is to have an arranged marriage. After...

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