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For the past few weeks my group and I have been devising a piece of theatre around the subject of war Our original piece was about the effects of war on a small Yorkshire community It involved a local woman falling in love with the enemy a German spy It illustrated the betrayal between friends emotions and how current affairs can induce decisions This was influenced by a number of aspects In exploring a number of wartime props we got a strong sense of the type of society during wartime One feature we picked up on was that there was very little to go around and that the few possessions they had were very precious For example Maureen the character I acted stayed in the same smart clothes throughout the play unlike the others who changed at least once We saw this as her trying to cling onto what she had lost luxuries and comfort To try and achieve an awareness of character we looked at a play called Killed by Belgrade TIE The types of characters in the play were quite stereotypical The character I played Elsie was quite a hard stubborn woman full of opinions and carried a sad and painful history This was mirrored by May a young woman deeply in love and with her whole life ahead of her We used some of the ideas in the play when devising our own piece of theater We set our play in Yorkshire like Killed and I molded my character Maureen on Elsie taking on quite a hard front a sad history and a strong Yorkshire accent A thin line between love and hate was different from Killed because ours was more light-hearted it didnt have as many flashbacks and tended to be set around the local shop We also looked at different styles of theatre such as Blackadder goes fourth and an extract from Oh what a lovely war These
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