Resentment

Resentment

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The title of my devised piece is Resentment. The piece is about young
catholic birthmothers being forced into adoption by their parents. It
is based on the stimulus of oppression in society. There is a main
oppressor and a main character that is oppressed but each character is
being oppressed in some way. The piece is set in modern day but jumps
from 1985 to the present day and in England. I will be comparing my
devised piece to The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht. This
play is set after the Second World War in a badly shelled Caucasian
village. I will be comparing the themes and styles Brecht uses in the
play to the ones that are used in the devised piece. I will also be
linking and comparing the theme of oppression with 'theatre of the
oppressed'. This is a type of forum theatre created by Boal. Forum
theatre is an interactive form of theatre that transforms theatre from
the "monologue" of traditional performance into a "dialogue" between
audience and stage. Forum Theatre seeks to show a person (the
oppressed) who is trying to deal with an oppression and failing
because of the resistance of one or more obstacles (the oppressor). My
devised piece is based on 'theatre of the oppressed' but doesn't
include a lot of audience interaction. The audience isn't used at all
in the piece, although one short scene does occur among the audience.
This is very unlike Boal, as he would try and involve the audience as
much as possible into the piece.

In the Caucasian Chalk Circle there are many links to the theme of
oppression. Grusha is trapped because she knows that it would be
morally wrong to leave the baby to the soldiers but if she takes the
baby with her then both of their lives will be in danger. In this
situation she is being oppressed by society to do the morally right
thing and by her own guilt because she would be able to live with
herself if she just left the baby.

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Throughout the play Grusha is
oppressed by her status. She is turned away by the 'women' at the inn
because she used to be a servant and they thought that she would try
and steal from them. She is forced into marring an old man because she
needed somewhere to stay and didn't have any money to look after the
baby anymore. Although she was oppressed all through the play but in
the end justice wins and she is allowed to bring up the baby. This is
a happy hopeful ending. The ending to our devised piece is the
complete opposite, the story goes back in time to before the birth to
show that it's a constant circle; nothing will ever be changed because
there is always a shadow of doubt hanging over the oppressed head.

The style of my devised piece is similar to the Caucasian Chalk Circle
in the way that we are using projections in the first scene to explain
the story and to make the piece less realistic. We are also using
selective realism; every character will be wearing all black but will
wear a piece of clothing to symbolize that character. In the Caucasian
Chalk Circle the actors demonstrate the character but we have chosen
to actually be the characters in our devised piece because we want the
audience to get emotionally involved with the characters and
sympathize with their situation. Brecht wanted the audience to be
entertained but also think about the situation, this is why he created
scene with light hearted comical moments in them even if the situation
that the actors were in was serious. We have used this technique in a
small part of one of our scene where the adopted child is looking for
her birth certificate. The adoptive mother tries to distract her by
asking her to do things. This scene is serious but is made slightly
comical by the tasks the mother asks the child to do.

The major difference linked between my devised piece, and forum
theatre is that my devised doesn't really involve audience interaction
which is what forum theatre is based on. The major similarity with
forum theatre and my devised piece is that I am trying to show how a
person can be oppressed in many ways and that oppression can be a
cycle. The oppressor has to be oppressed by something or someone for
them to force their oppression onto someone else.

The major differences linked between my devised piece and the
Caucasian Chalk Circle is that my devised piece is very emotional and
the characters are trying to get the audience to relate with them and
get emotionally involved, whereas Brecht doesn't want the audience to
involve themselves with the characters. A major similarity between my
devised piece and the Caucasian Chalk Circle is that Brecht questions
society in his plays because he wants the audience to go away and do
something about the situation; we have used this in out devised piece.
We are questioning the rights parents have over their child's
situation and how much the church can influence people lives.

In conclusion my devised piece has taken some techniques used by Boal
and Brecht but put them into a different context to show individuality
and original views.
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