- Feb 6, 2005
- Sydney- Inner West
Actually, Crazy Pomo is the one you should all be listening to and this thread should have ended with his post. Just kidding guys! I'm sure we all 'know what we're talking about' and should encourage discussion.Pierotte said:Listen to this guy, he knows what h;es talking about.
This thread should end here!
(nice post muaha!)
I thought Australian theatre was a little curly, but after looking through past exam papers and reading marking centre notes, I was pretty much expecting something that would challenge a little. And it took a few moments of thinking to try and adapt what I'd prepared to the question, but really people, that's what you have to do! You can't expect it to completely suit how you've prepared. I can think of many sorts of questions that would have better suited me and what I had prepared, but I still managed to write a pretty good essay.
The question wasn't that complicated and not badly worded in my opinion. Jaison, you'll have to explain to me how you found it badly worded- precisely- because I don't think I had any trouble getting my head around the question in the exam room.
It is simple: how do the playwrights bring changing circumstances (and "things going wrong") to the stage, and how the characters of the play respond to these changing circumstances (with a particular focus on the "different ways" people (characters) cope).
For Gary's house I talked about how Oswald portrays Gary's response to the slightest thing go wrong, portrayed through his physicality/characterisation ("winds himself into a stiffnecked rage")... I discussed how the changing circumstance of a change of location from the city to this remote bush-block is represented using sensory devices like soundscape and smell, and how Sue-Anne responds to this change. That's all I can really remember for Gary's House, but I'm sure I did a bit more, and it was all better in the actual exam than my reproduction here.
7 stages- my focus was mainly on the changing circumstances that have been imposed on Aboriginal people/culture and how the main (and only) characters responds to them. Monologue format ('Everywoman characterisation) and roleplay lent itself to exploring the different responses to change and things going wrong. I talked about storytelling style and how that helps communicate the changes, "March" and how that scene represents a certain type of reaction to changed circumstances... performance poetry....
I don't know, I'm having trouble remembering exactly what I wrote about, but believe me, it made fairly good sense and I included a fair dose of experiential examples, though I possibly should have used more textual quotes. There are many other things you (or I) could have discussed besides what I've mentioned here. I would've written about much more except for the time-limit, and that I wanted to treat everything I discussed indepth, instead of a superficial overview.