Be My Baby - Be My Baby During this term in Drama we...

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Be My Baby During this term, in Drama, we studied a text by Amanda Whittington called “Be My Baby”, based on a teenage pregnant girl, sent to an institute. With these we did many activities based on and involving the text, but we did not have many constraints and it was not necessarily in complete relation to the text. Through these activities I have learnt a lot. I have learnt the answer to our main guiding question, that is: “How far can original performance be created based on a set text?”. With all my experience, I feel that original can be created to very high extent. A performance, when based on a set text, does not have to include everything in the text, and if the writers and the actors are motivated and creative enough, almost anything is possible. Throughout this school year, we have done exercises, these exercises ranged from improvisation using Stanislavsky’s method to prepared acts in large groups based on the play Be my Baby by Amanda Whittington. There are many ways in which an original presentation can be created form a given text. One can have a prologue to the story, many spin-offs to different events, parallel stories, and using set parts of the text as a base and finally epilogues to the play and the story. To begin with, prologues are very important because one can imagine almost anything from the story that has been given. An example form what we did was, since our play concerned a
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