Blue Remembered Hills – Review

The basis of our devised piece was being trapped, and we portrayed this in many different ways. It connected with Blue remembered Hills, because at the end of the play in scene 25, we see how the character Donald duck gets accidentally trapped inside a barn, and in scene 28, killed by fire. There is dramatic irony because it is Donald’s best friends who trap him inside the barn, and shut the door, and the fire that Donald creates that eventually kills him.

The fire engulfs the barn and Donald turns to make his escape but the other children refuse to let him out, thinking that it is all just a game, until it’s all too late and the fire gets the better of Donald Duck forever. There were five scenes in our 15 minute devised piece, different aspects of being trapped in five different situations. The first scene was an explosive introduction into what we were going to do and we wanted to make an impact on the audience.

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Instead of just standing next to each other at ground height and reading a script we thought it would be more effective to have a number of varying heights to perform at. We used stage blocks to achieve this, and different lighting effects to achieve this. In our stage set up, there was one block at the very front, two blocks to the left and two blocks to the right. At the back there were three blocks. There were five people in my group, so one person stood on each set of blocks, and one person stood between the all.

We liked this stage arrangement and used it in three of our scenes. We decided to focus on the audiences listening ability rather than their visual ability in the first scene. Sarah, the girl kneeling in between all the blocks was supposed to be trapped by the people standing on blocks around her. As she made her way up slowly into the standing position the two people standing on blocks to the left and right of her hit metal bin lids with bits of wood and smashed them together above her head and repeated the words “Hate, Pain, Anger” over and over gradually getting louder.

The girls on the bottom and top set of three blocks did a slow tap dance, and stomped their feet. The aim was to make as much noise as possible and gain a confusion of different sounds. We performed one scene on Arranged marriage, using the same stage arrangement as above. A narrator sat on the back block and read out a story of three girls who had been forced into marriage but fortunately escaped.