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Year 12 - Drama - Prescribed Structures 2019

The Flower Thrower

Character: The Flower Thrower​

A more peaceful approach to initiate change

 

Above image souced at - https://www.michaeloart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Bansky-Flower-Brick-Thrower..jpg

Stimulus:  Rage, the Flower Thrower by Banksy, 2005 (see image above)

Character: The Flower Thrower

Performance focus:  

Create a solo performance based on the character of the Flower Thrower. With the city in turmoil, the Flower Thrower suddenly leaps off the wall to join a busy and chaotic protest in the centre of Melbourne. The Flower Thrower addresses the crowd and makes an impassioned plea to adopt a more peaceful approach to initiate change. The Flower Thrower does this by:

  • recreating a range of Banksy’s images that explore the artist’s anti-establishment philosophy
  • highlighting the key issues of the current protest and the Flower Thrower’s solution to these issues
  • showing an example(s) of how art has been used for a political purpose. 

Performance Style:  Eclectic with aspects of Epic Theatre

Eclectic theatre draws on a range of performance styles to devise performances that go beyond the reality of life as it is lived. It juxtaposes a number of performance styles to make dramatic statements and theatre that is innovative, transformational and creative. Eclectic theatre is devised with a specific purpose and intention for the audience. Eclectic theatre draws on drama traditions and practice including:

  • ritual and storytelling
  • contemporary drama practice and performance styles
  • the work of drama practitioners and associated performance styles
  • a combination of any of the above.

Epic Theatre, sometimes called Brechtian theatre, is a style of theatre that seeks to tell a story, often on a large historical scale and including a number of people and events over time. It aims to engage the intellect rather than emotions and often uses devices that alienate the audience. Epic Theatre is exemplified by:

  • direct address and/or the use of narration and song as commentary
  • use of signs, mask, stylised gesture and movement
  • deliberate and conscious choices intended to remind the audience that they are watching a play.

​Convention & Dramatic Element:  As selected by the student from the list (linked here).  Write your selected convention and dramatic element on your Statement of Intention.

Mr Boon's Notes

Performance Style

Non-Naturalistic

Non-naturalism is a broad term for all performance styles that are not dependent on a life-like representation of everyday life. It is based on the work of Antonin Artaud (Theatre of Cruelty), Bertolt Brecht (Epic Theatre) and Jerzy Grotowski (Poor Theatre). Non-naturalism can allow an actor to explore and present ideas or stories conceptually.

Non-naturalism does not seek to recreate life as it is lived, but is focused more on passing comment on, or responding to, aspects of the real world. Non-naturalistic performance can occur in any space and is not dependent on specific resources. Non-naturalistic performance work might include the manipulation of both naturalistic and non-naturalistic conventions.

A non-naturalistic performance may be defined by the non-naturalistic:

  • use of stagecraft
  • acting style of the performers
  • use of dramatic elements
  • use of conventions, including transformation of character and/or time and/or place and/or object.