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Year 12 - Drama - Prescribed Structures 2019

Red Hat Queen

Character: Queen of the Red Hat Society - 

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.


Stimulus:  The poem ‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph

Character: The Queen of the Red Hat Society

Performance focus:

Create a solo performance based on the character of the Queen of the Red Hat Society. In a dispute over the use of a community hall, the Queen of the local Red Hat Society is confronted by the newly elected millennial Mayor. Tired of being told to ‘act your age’, the irreverent Queen asserts that maturing women should not be invisible in today’s society and that they should defy stereotypes. The Queen of the Red Hat Society does this by:

  • recreating moments from the poem ‘Warning’
  • demonstrating the ways in which women have been expected to conform throughout the ages
  • creating a parallel(s) with another woman from history who has defied convention.

Performance Style:  Eclectic

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.


Mr Boon's Notes