People won’t believe me if I tell them that Drama is actually a very enjoyable subject. It helps me to become much more confident in front of people who are watching you.
My first play, on the previous Tuesday, performing on the stage was called “100”. It was basically a group of people who discover that they are dead and trapped inside “the void”, a strange place where souls appear to be after their lives are over. The only way to rest in peace is that each person has to select the best memory of his or her life then he or she will be united with that memory and live with that memory for an eternity. However, it isn’t easy for Alex, Sophie, Ketu, Chris and Nia to find the very best ones and they only have 100 seconds in the void to choose.
I was so stressed when the door was opened and people came in to the seats. Not only me but all actors were. In fact, we were so nervous that we even forgot some of our lines but because we’ve been rehearsing for a term, we eventually managed to improvise some parts of the play. Luckily, it turned out that everything seemed to be successfully accomplished.
Actually, I felt less nervous after I stepped out of the backstage and realized that everything was set for us to show them what we got. It was something that we did to improve our acting and speaking skills, our become more confident and understand the way people express their emotions. Then I thought that it was silly to be scared of my own friends. So I did my best to make the audiences enjoy the play although some of my moments were so embarrassing.
However, some parts might be difficult to understand because we cut and created them to make them fit the story and the overall makes more sense. The difficulties during the practice were that we had to raise our voices a bit to make sure that every audience hear every single word from us. We also had to put strong emotions and acting methods to let the audiences understand our feelings in some particular moments and the hardest thing was to act naturally and confidently when you’re so shy inside.
In my opinion, the play was well directed and I’m pretty sure that It was sensible for many people but because we’re not so experienced. We sometimes made a mistake and that mistake can be a huge cause of misunderstanding of the story. Nevertheless, I can guarantee that we, F4 Drama students, will improve and become better actors. We’re looking forward to seeing you in our next performance.
Punpipatpaiboon Saran, Tee F4
The Arabian Nights was this year’s Form 5 GCSE drama assessed performance. The Arabian atmosphere was set beforehand by traditional Arabic music playing when the audience was filling up the theatre. The story starts off with an introduction to Shahrazad and her family: her father the vizier and her younger sister. Abby, Priscillia and Steven fitted their parts perfectly. The bar was set very high by the first scene.
The second scene introduced the king, Thomas, who found out that his wife, Altyn, was being unfaithful to him with another man. Thomas used variation of volume in his voice to show the sadness caused by his wife’s betrayal and the anger induced by it. Some of the audience was taken aback by the power of Thomas’ voice. The king promised to kill a virgin every night for 1000 nights, because he felt that women are “filthy creatures”. Shahrazad sacrifices herself and goes to the king to ask him to let her be his next queen. She then persuades the king to allow her sister to come and ask Scheherazade to tell her a story. Once Shahrazad’s mouth opened and the story started coming out of her mouth the king was immersed in the story.
The main highlights were Ali Baba played by Henry, captain of the thieves, played by Camlo, Ferne acting out Ali Baba’s faithful wife and Altyn acting as Kasim’s (Ali Baba’s brother) wife and Heidi playing the faithful servant. Heidi played the servant amazingly making the best facial expressions. Because this was the actual GCSE examination of the actors that night there was an examiner sitting right at the front but it did not affect the atmosphere even slightly. It seemed that he was very impressed by the performance and enjoyed it as much as anyone else in the audience.
Camlo acted many impressive roles in this play but the highlight for many was when he was the captain of the thieves, his Scottish accent differentiated him as an actor with a lot of talent. Heidi adapted to her role very impressively, and played her part out without the slightest error such as stumbling on her words. In the background Thomas was playing the king and he was literally in the story himself, showing interest from the back of the stage. This night was definitely one of the bigger successes of the Drama GCSE crew, as well as a success for Mrs de Quincey. Everyone was very pleased and impressed by the play.
Alan Yeginchibayev F5