During the Anti-Jewish decree task, I took on the role of a Nazi soldier who was invading the houses of a well-known Jewish neighbourhood. Along with Jack, we both kicked down and screamed at everyone to ‘get on the ground’ to create an immediately tense environment to grasp the attention of those watching us. The others in our group reacted in a frightened way and got on the floor while shaking due to the shock and while knowing the inevitable was going to happen. We grabbed the family and pushed them into the back of the van we were driving, before leaving the scene I kicked the Father off his chair and pointed a gun at his head. No one spoke for a few seconds to build the suspense and I jolted my hand to signify that a shot had been fired. While Jack and I were driving the van , the other people in our group were screaming and shouting to show how scared they were in the environment. Jack and I responded to them by shouting back at them to be quiet to reiterate our authority. This scene expressed how poorly Jewish people were treated in the Second World War.
Later we grabbed the Jewish family and dragged them to the centre of the stage, they once again began screaming and begging for mercy to once again convey the persecution of the Jews. To express how evil the Nazi’s were in this time I asked the mother to pick which daughter to sacrifice. We included this as part of the plot because there was no need to put this emotional torture on a mother, but it was a very sinister act, common among the Nazis. I slowly counted down from 5 in silence to create more tension in the scene and build to a climax. Initially, the mother was silent to express the shock of what had been requested but with a few seconds left of th...
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...igging up soil and said the word “Hungry”. We used these words to emphasize the feelings of the Jews in the death camps because they were both overworked and starved. As we continued repeating our actions and dialogue we slowed the pace of both elements of the performance, conveying the gradual defeat of the Jews as time passed in the camps. This built to a climax where I shouted “Exhaustion!” and Danny shouted “Hungry!”. This made it apparent to the audience that the work had now become too much for our characters to handle.
We then continued to slow and quieten our actions until I collapsed centre stage. Me collapsing showed how I was physically drained after doing so much work and also could be interpreted as death from being overworked. Using something as extreme as a scenario of slow death helps the audience visualize how cruel the Nazi death camp process was.
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