Educating Rita

January 21, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Arts & Humanities, Performing Arts, Drama
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ietran tdacigu- can you work out the name of the text we are going to be studying?

LO: to meet Rita and Frank in the opening scene,evidencing what we learn about them through language; :To introduce ourselves to stagecraft.

Home Learning- I will tell you at the end…it’s a surprise 

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Explore the ways dramatic devices are used in two important scenes or episodes in the drama text. Use examples from the drama text in your response. It is worth 20 marks You have two hours to write the response The response should be up to 1000 words

•What does this word mean to you? •Write down all the different things it might suggest.

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Setting: Frank’s office (1980s). Rita makes a clumsy first entrance. The audience are made aware that Frank has a drink problem.



How do we know this? Extension 1: If you can, show a triple of responses from the quotes that you have chosen to reinforce a Grade C answer. Extension 2: Choose a selection of quotes from all over the extract that we have read and explain them, trying to build up a more developed picture of each character.

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‘various papers and books’ & ‘walls lined with books’Well read, knowledgeable, wealthy? ‘hurriedly’-Nervous ‘jubilantly…reveals a bottle of whiskey’ & ‘ we should recognise the voice of a man who shifts a lot of alcohol’ & ‘I don’t need determination to get into a pub’- Alcoholic, secretitive ‘some silly woman’s attempts to get into the mind of Henry James’Prejudiced ‘Darling’- Caring

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‘another knock at the door’- Impatient ‘I’m comin’ in, aren’t I? it’s that stupid bleedin’ handle…’Brash/unrefined ‘going to the chair by the desk and dumping her bag’ & ‘it’s very erotic,’ & ‘this was the pornography of its day, wasn’t it?’- Unaware of social situations ‘do you get a lot of students like me?’Knows her position in life


•Are you able to work out if any of our evidence relates to these aspects of stagecraft? •How do you know?

◦ Where? When? Time of day? Lighting? Sound effects? Stage


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◦ Can wevary the action to create suspense? ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦

Who is involved in the scene? Do the characters reveal certain emotions in the scene? Do they do anything out of character? Do they speak in short or long exchanges? How is their relationship conveyed?

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Is there any repetition? Are any words used in entertaining ways (e.g.puns/jokes)? Is there any irony? Is there any dramatic irony (where the audience knows more than a character)?

The response to the contemporary drama task must show that students can: • respond to the chosen drama text critically and imaginatively • evaluate writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects • support ideas by choosing evidence from the drama texts.

What do you think is going to happen to the characters of Rita and Frank? How might the theme of education link into this relationship?

Home Learning: Watch ‘Educating Rita’, the film, and answer the following sheet on stagecraft, and pick out what dramatic devices are used to present the characters of Rita and Frank.

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