The Crucible

The Crucible

What do you know already about the play? Malorie Blackman Author Malorie Blackman wanted to write a book about slavery, race and racism, and called it noughts and crosses because its a game that once youve grasped its objective and tactics, it invariably ends in a draw a no-win situation. I think that pretty much sums up racism. Ultimately no one wins.

Noughts and Crosses series Set in a hostile alternative society, the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors by the ruling dark-skinned crosses. The noughts are continually discriminated against in matters of civil rights and education and consequently their jobs, access to healthcare and places of entertainment. Their colour also affects friendships. The first book Noughts and Crosses revolves around Callum (a nought) and Sephy (a cross). In their world of prejudice and distrust, highlighted by violent terrorist activity by noughts, they dont fit. But a childhood friendship has grown

into an intense love which descends to its fatal conclusion. The story continues into the next generation over the next three books. The books were inspired also by Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and have been turned into both TV and theatre versions. Still Images Create a still image for the word slavery Consider Eye-contact

Spatial relationships Use of space Physical contact Gesture Posture Gait Energy Demeanor Facial expression

Levels Still images peer evaluate Key words to refer to in your positive evaluations: Eye-contact Spatial relationships Use of space Physical contact Gesture

Posture Gait Energy Demeanor Facial expression Levels You might phrase your evaluations: the use of (physical contact) is really good because... The (facial expression) communicates to me...

Before we begin reading... https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights/what-are-human-rights What is your reaction to this video? A selection from the universal declaration of Human Rights Article 1: We are all born free and equal. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.

Article 2: These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences. Article 3: We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety. Article 7: The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly. Article 19: We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people. Article 25: We all have the right to enough food, clothing, housing and health care. Article 26: We all have the right to education. Article 29: We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.

Practical work Take one of the Human Rights from the slide and present it in some way this could be in a realistic/naturalistic acting style, or something stylized Your performance outcome must last between 30 seconds and one minute You have the freedom to choose the style/way you present the work there is not a right way nor a right answer. Be brave. Be original! Choral performance

Ancient Greek Chorus 12-50 people (men at the time as women werent allowed to act!) who would dance, move as one, speak as one - unison, often in masks They would reinforce messages for the audience, comment upon the action, re-cap the plot The use of a large number doing the same actions at the same time and speaking as one created impact Ancient Greek Theatres were huge Practical work using the Ancient Greek

Choral style to present the Human Rights You have chosen one of the Human Rights articles to present Come up with movements that you will all do in unison as you speak the sentence to us Try to have a movement for every word Think about impact upon the audience Unison all doing the same thing at the same time as one Practical work using the Ancient Greek Choral

style to present the Human Rights - Extension Now add new layers to this work to increase the impact for the audience and to showcase more of your creativity Consider canon what is this? Consider repetition of words, of movements Consider varying volume Consider varying how you use unison ie splitting the group, or having some moments not in unison Be creative. Be original. Take risks. Experiment fully with this new style.

Scene 1 what did we learn? What happens? Whats the mood? Whats the style (realistic, modern)? How does it gain our attention? Who are our main characters what are they like/what do we know about them? What do we know so far of the futuristic world that is being presented to us?

What does Callum worry about? How are he and Sephy friends? Sephy is of high status; in what two ways is she of higher status than Callum? Acting In pairs, take a section of roughly 6 lines, where both Callum and Sephy speak Practise delivering the lines (sat down as in the picture? Up to you; you can move around if you want.) Think especially about:

Key words Body language, posture, eye contact, facial expression Voice tone, pitch, pace, volume, pauses Positive evaluations Put your hand up to give a performer a compliment only positives at this stage please, not suggestions for improvement Key words use these in your positive evaluations Body language, posture, eye contact, facial expression

Voice tone, pitch, pace, volume, pauses From practical to written You are performing the role of Callum. Describe how you would use your physical skills to perform the line below and explain the effects you want to create: Callum: Sephy, do you ever dream of justescaping? Hopping on the first boat or plane you come across and just getting away from here?

Building a response step one Lets have a go together: You are performing the role of Callum. Describe how you would use your physical skills to perform the line below and explain the effects you want to create: Callum: Sephy, do you ever dream of justescaping? Hopping on the first boat or plane you come across and just getting away from here? First you would need to explain what is going on at this moment. This is to be concise

but still comprehensive - the response needs to get into the next stage as quickly as possible. Step one theres way too much here, but things you might consider writing... The audience learns that this is a futuristic world in which Noughts (Callum) white, and Crosses black (Sephy), are separated with Crosses having the higher status and all the privileges. In the rest of the scene they talk about the world they are in, about how they are

divided and whilst Callum says it is unfair, Sephy is more idealistic and says they can overcome any problems. At this specific moment, it is clear that Callum feels the pressure of the divided society and his lower status and wants to escape to a more equal society/ world. The line is about escaping rather than changing the world. If I was Callum I would deliver the line. Building the response step two

Lets continue with: You are performing the role of Callum. Describe how you would use your physical skills to perform the line below and explain the effects you want to create: Callum: Sephy, do you ever dream of justescaping? Hopping on the first boat or plane you come across and just getting away from here? Second and main part

Here you would write down what you would do physically, nothing verbal - (because in this particular example its just physical) Crucial you must justify why in terms of the intended effect upon the audience. Step two - things you might write this is not right and wrong response - justify your way of performing the line successfully, and you will be as right as me In terms of my physicality, I will be sat cross-legged in quite a relaxed position, as I have just kissed Sephy and we are now talking. However, the conversation has gone back to reminding us that we are in a divided society,

which upsets me and so my physicality is going to change. On the word Sephy I will be facing the audience but then I am going to turn to her, firstly just my head, but by hopping I am fully turned towards her and on my knees. This, plus the faster delivery and an upright posture, will show my keenness in the idea, that I am passionate that she understands me (though I dont really mean that we are going to run away). Being on my knees at the same level as her shows the audience how here we think and respond to each other as if we are equal, not like society as a whole views us. The fact that we are close in the space also shows the audience our connection. For my eye line I will look ahead just before speaking the line, but when I speak I have turned my head and begun to look at Sephy. By the work hopping I will have locked eyes with her as well as facing her as if to

search that she feels the same way and to further form a connection that the audience can see. My facial expression and body language at the end will be positive smiling at Sephy, getting broader as the idea takes shape in my mind. Try it independently with this similar question: You are performing the role of Callum. Describe how you would use your acting skills to perform the line below and explain the effects you want to create: Callum: Sephy, do you ever dream of justescaping? Hopping on the first boat or plane you come across and just getting away from here?

Here acting skills means you can talk about physical and verbal/vocal skills. Starter they might be more complex than TRUE/FALSE Callum got into his new school on his own TRUE/FALSE? Sephy is fine about speaking to Callum at school but he thinks her friends wont approve TRUE/FALSE?

Sephys mum and Callums mum are friends, which is why Sephy and Callum are friends TRUE/ FALSE? Sc 3 What do you think the Headmaster will do when the Noughts arrive? Has Callum said anything already that indicates what is likely to happen? Has the author foreshadowed the events to follow or just given hints as to the likely outcomes? What will Sephy do if her friends arent welcoming?

We she manage to break down any initial mutterings by going up to Callum and the group? Staging Sc 3 Design aspects How would you use design to enhance the riot scene when Callum and his two Nought friends attend school for the first time? Think about lighting, music, costume, props and anything in terms of staging or the backdrop? Sc 6 Angel and Devil - what will

Sephy do (what would you do)? Reportage ... is a drama technique that presents events through the medium of documentary or TV news report. Reportage enables us to explore an issue and focus on the different points of view contained in any event. This technique can also be used to explore how events can be distorted by the media.

consider who presents the news, who runs the interviews, who is interviewed, are there any reconstructions or filmed reports, CCTV, is there perhaps even a theme tune?

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