In the town meeting as part as our drama GCSE I played a character of a father. The character I played was joined with my wife played by Genine and daughters played by Emma and Gabrielle. My daughters were perfect and never did nothing wrong. In the whole performance there were about 20 characters. Some of the characters that were played were police officers, families with good and bad children, shops owners, club owners, bouncers, grandparents, teachers from the local school, and some teenagers. Once we were told what to do as a class we discussed the possible ideas of characters which I listed above.
Some characters we discussed that were good ideas such as teenagers, families and the mayor. Some not so good ideas were maybe having a famous person which the teenagers looked up to such as Elvis. Maybe this could happen in an ideal world but I don’t think it’s possible in the 1950’s. I chose to be a father with a family. I chose this character because it’s a realistic character to play. In the 1950’s if a town meeting which affected the town was to be held the whole town would be there as they were a close community.
Now a days this is where things start to change a show a contrast, because things like that wouldn’t happen theses days. Originally, I was going to play a character of an old person. I decided not to play this character because the father character is much more relevant, and then there would have been too many elderly characters. Once we had the characters in place, we decided on the layout. We had the people with power at the front such as the chairman and the mayor. We then had rows of chairs with an aisle down the middle.
Once this was set up, you had a character that you could sit down as. These were final, and we had one last check to see if everyone had a character which they did. The agenda was discussed and we all decided that the aims of the meeting was to find out what the problem is, what’s causing it, and how we can solve it. By the end of the meeting I think we met the first need of the agenda very well as by the end we all new what the problems was, we just couldn’t made a solution because we kept repeating things over and over again.
Some of the dialogue was great, and it was perfect for the tense such as ‘I don’t want my son shaking his hips like Elvis’. This was a fantastic and really brought the situation to the time period. It made me think is this really what it would be like and I believe that the exam should make you think. Also a shop keeper pointed out that ‘this community is one’ this work extremely well because like I said before in the 1950’s a small town would be very close indeed and look out for each other. Again this is perfect for the time period and blended in the meeting just fine.
I made a comment saying ‘it’s all down to the parents’. I feel this fit into the time period to but slightly different to the other comments. This doesn’t show the characters getting on as a unit but it does show that the children behave by how they are brought up. This is exactly how it would have been in the 1950’s. The parents say right from wrong the children agree. Also I made a comment saying ‘look at her she’s not even doing anything. This wasn’t as effect as the first comment I made but nether the less its still a comment made more than some people.
It shows that even though they are at the meeting, they shouldn’t be because the meeting was about sorting the children out and she clearly wasn’t doing anything. I personally don’t think this would have happened because they town would want to sort out the situation not cause another. However there were some comments and gestures made which wasn’t relevant to the 1950’s. One comment made was the ‘have a break, have a kit-kat’, for a start they wouldn’t have had kit-kats then and even if they did they certainly didn’t have the slogan have a break.
This totally brought the situation to modern times. Also the bar owner continuously keep putting her feet up onto the chair in front of her when the police officer repeatedly told her not to. Again this wouldn’t have happened because they would have had respect for the people with power. Also the women would not talk over the men and certainly argue with them. If they had a point to make they would keep it to them selves. I think this meeting wasn’t a success because it was too modern. There were far too many bad things than good.
Once you have brought it back to modern day it’s hard to take it back. Some characters like the mayor and the chairman were trying to take it back to the 1950’s but because we kept repeating our selves it didn’t work. If the meeting were modern it would probably be calmer than that situation. So straight away there contrast is strong because if it would have been calmer now then it would be a lot calmer in the 1950’s. I think it started off great and it started to go off track when things were said, just so you could get a word in or you wouldn’t say anything at all.
I did work well and some parts were true to the time period it just depends on how you interpret it. There were far too many similarities with today’s way of life. We were talking about things which hadn’t even been invented yet, it was too rowdy and people were talking above authority. There was no outcome of the meeting and again the whole situation was just one big Parrot. Finally I personally think that the problems were to extreme, eggs thrown at old peoples homes yes but not kicking the doors in, teenagers had only just come around they wouldn’t of been this radical yet.