also we have new scenes

Brecht blog 4

(Overview: On Tuesday we did the name warm up where you had to look at a person and if they didn’t say your characters name in time before the other person reached you, that person was out. Then we blocked scenes 4 and 5. On Friday, we blocked scene 3 as we missed it on Tuesday since one of the characters we needed for it was ill then we rehearsed scene 4 and 5 again to familiarise the people who were ill on Tuesday what we did and to rehearse it further. We did more as well.)

How has the practical lesson impacted on the progress and development of the performance as a whole and your individual performance of character?
We’ve blocked a scene today and rehearsed 3 more. We are gradually learning our lines and blocking each time we rehearse a scene, and we are making improvements and coming up with new ideas each time. Also, we have another scene blocked so we are nearer to having it all blocked and then we can work on getting it polished, and we are getting our technical jobs done each session so we will have costume, set and props ready in time for the show.

Describe the games and exercises used to warm up and why they were used:
We warmed up with a game that helped us remember who everyone’s character’s were and helped memorise their names. Person A would walk toward Person B and Person B had to look at anyone else in the group, whoever they looked at, Person C, had to say their name before Person A reached Person B otherwise Person C would be out.

Which explorative strategies did you use and did they help to develop your role? e.g. still image, thought tracking, hot seating, conscience alley, role play, Forum theatre, creative writing, acting styles and acting exercises.
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Describe the scenes you rehearsed? Describe the skills you used? Facial expression, gesture, voice, emotion, reaction.
We’ve blocked scene three, four and five, rehearsed scene four, five and the prologue again. 

What Ideas did you have?
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How did you take risks and experiment today?
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How did you develop ideas as a group? Who took the lead? Were any of the ideas your own? How did you contribute to the development of the piece? Describe what you tried out in rehearsals:
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What drama elements were developed?
The plot was developed as we’ve blocked 3 more scenes and rehearsed them along with the prologue. The style and action was developed too as when we were rehearsing the scenes over, the aim was to …

Describe the final products of the rehearsal. Step by step what did you do? What did you see?
To begin with, we warmed up and did an exercise to learn everyone’s character’s names, then we blocked scenes 4 and 5…

Evaluation of the lesson

How did you rehearse in a safe way today? – think about how you used the space/set/props/equipment, as well as your own personal warm up routine (you will be video-ed in rehearsal demonstrating your own warm up routine)
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Your own strengths and weaknesses need to be described here. Be specific about the skills you used:
Strengths:

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Weaknesses:
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What from today are you going to keep for the performances? Eg an accent you explored or a characteristic for your role.
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What needs to be changed or rejected from the ideas? Why?
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Do you need to do any further research to help understand and develop your character? Say what you need to research and why here: Eg do you need to explore different accents or watch and observe a tv programme to get ideas for your characterisation?
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What needs to be improved for next week? 3 targets for yourself and a further 3 for the group here. E.g. Line learning, moves, special awareness, Facial expression, Characterisation, use of props, costume, masks, music, sound, practising cues, responding to others, giving direction, taking direction, timekeeping, practice regime.
Personal targets:
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Group targets:
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