Theatre Journal ( Bertolt Brecht techniques into Girls like that)
Monday January 21st 2019, 9:30 pm
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Monday, January 21 2019
Today in class, Jane and I had to perform a scene from a Play that we read previously called ‘Girls like that’, by Evan Placey. Using  German theatre practitioner/playwright – Bertolt Brecht`s techniques known as ‘Epic theatre.’ With the key to ‘Alienation’ meaning distancing the audience, so that they would focus on the social/political issue being presented.

We both agreed on using the pages 16-17 as the scene was quite a dramatic opening of Scarlett’ss naked photo surfacing around two of her classmates in history class, with the sounds of they're phones causing tension amongst the room. We started off by discussing what Brechtian techniques we wanted, and placing them onto the script. After we got straight into practicing the scene. The set was straightforward as Brechttechniques did not want the audience to imagine that they were actually there,  we placed six chairs in a small area being known as the classroom and had very ample lighting, which helped achieve a mysterious effect to draw the audience into the action and the context of the scene. We used our phones as a prop to represent our characters, being two high school girls in the modern world.  Initially, I was planning on having school uniforms for our characters and changing to a very posh British accent, but I remembered Brecht wanted the audience to be illusioned by an enactment of reality, not sympathise with the character or think that they were real people. I was given the first three lines, acting inattentive in class, as I found my history teacher 'Miss McMuffin-breath' quite boring, rambling about useless history topics. Straight after, our characters` phone popped with messages, we decided to have a projector, to represent images of the different social apps, that the naked photos were sent to. We also wanted to place an actual sound effect of the phone receiving the texts.
However, when performing the piece, it was a slight issue, because it wouldn’t play on speaker, which caused me to make a mistake, by checking the laptop, which instead I should have focused in my role,
The rest of the lines, I memorised by heart but improved some words, so they were easier to say. I tried my best to make eye contact with the audience as it would help address the audience and to look like my characters thoughts were unheard by the other characters on stage, therefore when one of us would each say our monologue of comparing Scarlett to a ‘vulnerable chicken’, the other person not speaking would be in a freeze frame. Scarlett`s naked photo was on the projector as a 'censored' as I and Jane thought it would inappropriate to should nudity of a girl, and as it was  one of Brechts technique of a multimedia sign. Which I also made a sign stating 'delete', showing a technique of 'speaking a stage direction out loud', therefore showing that me and Jane`s character had got rid of the naked photo. 


Overall, I was definitely a thinker in this course, ideas of what techniques to use and how to overcome them helped the challenge. I’m also very proud at being able to memorise and transition my facial expressions, depending on the lines. In future, Jane and I should choose more scenes to do and not slightly look at the phone too much.

-Aysha J Williams



Theatre Journal (What is theatre/What is a good theatre)
Monday August 13th 2018, 9:03 am  Tagged ,
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 What is theatre? What makes good theatre?

Theatre, in my perspective, is a performance of art and is the body of language and literature. The theatre is a home for actors and actresses who perform in front of an audience, who enjoy the entertainment of real or imaginary experiences acted upon in front of them. The setting doesn’t necessarily have to take place on a stage; it can be in a park, a school corridor or even in a bedroom. But it is significant to have at least one performer and people watching the performer (the audience).

In the beginning, when I was a child, I expected the theatre to be quite formal, and that every show was to be persisting into Shakespeare. However growing up, I started to learn that it was much more, and along the way, it has made me want to take part in theatre ever since. The first play I ever watched was the little shop of Horrors; it was a musical, that had such a brilliant cast, being talented in singing, dancing and acting. Not only was the actors excellent, but the production itself was also very creative. I realised from watching this play; I was left with emotion that I never experienced before, to be able to laugh and show emotion with other people in the audience, felt as if we were a family. Moreover, seeing a group of people`s creativity inspires you as a person, that makes you also want to do something similar.

In my opinion, a good theatre is, having the actors/actresses perform a fantastic show, which it has a massive impact on the audience, Ideally, it makes the audience contribute, with their emotions, like laughing, crying etc. There are many different types of Theatre; there is a musical, where acting and songs are combined, there is solo theatre, when only one performer takes place, and there is the tragedy, where its based of the suffering of real-life events. There are thousands of different types of theatres, which makes good enough for everyone`s taste. While having a good theatre, there are many impressions of bad ones, they are usually, when actors perform badly with either really bad accents or impression of the character, or they could be not loud enough.

-Aysha J Williams