Learning about OSCAR WILDE
In todays lesson with Erica we spoke about Wilde, he was born 16 October 1845 born in Dublin. His father was a doctor and his mother a political activism. He studied at Trinity College, and Magdalen College, Oxford. Once he had finished his years studying he moved to London to become a writer. He was a quintessential English man but born in Ireland, Wilde was imprisoned for being homosexual.
Wilde liked to make fun out of the Upper Class and more wealthy class at the time when he was writing. A lot of his writing included quite long sentences, conversations and the plays are very funny.
SOME OF WILDES PLAYS
‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
‘An Ideal Husband’
‘Lady Windermans Fan’
‘A Woman of no Importance’
After discussing a little about Wilde we then got part of a script to look at called “The Importance of Being Earnest” In his writing he tends to satirise the upper class to the point that it was so funny the upper class even found it comical. Me and Hannah read the part of the script where Lady Bracknell talks down to John ‘Jack’ Worthing and questions him about his life. He tells her how he was found in a HANDBAG which shocks Lady Bracknell! It is a very funny scene.
After this we watched the scene from the film.
Learning about JOHN GODBER
In today’s lesson we learnt about John Godber, he is a playwright who is know for his comedy plays. Godber is a British playwright, now age 60 and he is still working but the plays we focused on today Godber reworked in the 80’s and 90’s. The plays we looked at are ‘Bouncers’ and ‘Shakers’. They are both very funny, they were really fun to sit and read with the class. Bouncers is an all male cast and shakers all female. The plays gave voice to the working class. The script bouncers finds humor in average working class characters. The casts for shows like this were mostly small cast multi-roles.
Today the girls read the script for ‘Shakers’ then the boys read ‘Bouncers’ we each had around ten minuets to get ready and perform the piece of the script in our groups of four. The boys worked really well in the short space of time we had. We started by blocking the first scene with the bouncers but we didn’t get time to block the part with the ladies in the salon so we had to improvise. Of course all of us lads were excited to get our hair done and act as ladies getting ready for a big night! So we couldn’t miss it out.
I really enjoyed the lesson it was different to the lesson before when we learnt about Oscar Wild because their plays and style of writing is so different. Wild used long conversations to make his plays original where as Godber uses lots of short and fast lines of dialect.
Watching us do Bouncers I observed some things I would change if I was to do it again. Of course there was not much time to prepare but I was very happy with my reading as I normally panic when given a script at last minuet but it was quite easy reading. I would have changed the was I was sitting when playing the female role. I mean I have never seen a lady sit like that before! Also I was blowing my nails…. Erica said at the end you would never have wet nails when getting your hair done. This was improvised so I wont be to harsh on myself but if I was to do this again I would definitely think about what she would be doing at this moment in time maybe looking in a mirror or something. But overall the lesson was great fun.
I will defiantly look at some more of Godbers plays because I actually find them very funny. Below is the video from today’s lesson.
- Before the war, entertained troops.
- He was in the Italian job.
- He was very famous a bit like Oscar Wild.
- Smoking jacket with a cigarette holder
- Created his own “posh”.
- Diologue shorter in plays between characters.
- Bit like music hall.
- Talked a lot about class.
- Comedy of manors.