Peter and the Starcatcher (Local Theatre Trip) – Reflection

I feel as thought Peter and the Starcatcher was a Brecht influences piece and took many elements from his teachings and applied them very well within their own production. Their use of narration was very prominent in many of their scenes and throughout their performance – and a lot of other Brechtian elements were used (naming a scene before it starts, songs in the middle of the performance, etc). However one Brecht element was used a lot more frequently and was a lot more emphasised than others, which was breaking the fourth wall and speaking from third person directly to the audience. This was used with almost every character in different moments throughout the piece.

One moment in the play where Molly was sneaking around the Neverland ship, it created an amazing atmosphere. Using the lights to highlight specific parts of the stage, and instead of having a moving set to show Molly moving around the ship, they had the other characters move around the set to show her moving around. The shuffling of the feet and with their heads down created an ambience where the sneaking around of Molly became even more intense – with serious consequences if she was caught.

What does our Language say about us and our culture?

I believe the language we all individually use is representative of who we are talking to and for what purpose the conversation is for. For example, if I were in a rap festival in the United Kingdom, I would intentionally use certain words and slang that I know people who are familiar with rap culture will understand and reciprocate – this is called jargon. However this jargon is not used when I am at home or at school as I am addressing different people with a different motive. This shows that language and culture change depending upon the people we are talking to and why. It also changes over time, for example the generational barrier between consecutive and different generations.

The videos and articles I read for English made me realise how inappropriate and cringe it can be when someone says something culturally insensitive, especially when they have no place in saying what they said (Mitt Romney with his comment relating to ‘black’ culture).

IGCSE – Devised Piece Personal Reflection

In the start we really did not work to our best efforts and didn’t make sue of the time we had. Ms Parr even mentioned that it’s a quick turn around and that we should spend as much time in the beginning rather than cram everything in the end. As if we do, we wouldn’t be able to create the best piece possible as all our ideas will be generated out of stress and not with care. I really regret not working hard enough in the initial lessons, because I feel as though we would have performed a far better piece in the end if we did.

However I am proud of my group being able to work very hard in the end to create a much better piece compared to what we performed infront of the parents.