Oh what a lovely war is a very comical play showing World War 1 in a satirical context which is the exact opposite of Dulce et decorum which is very realistic and shows the real horror of world war 1. both of these ways of portraying a play have their advantages and their disadvantages. Oh what a lovely war is played so that people will remember the war in a fond way and not of its real horror. This both have good and bad sides; the good side is that the war will not be as heavy on the minds of the people that have just watched the play.
But the bad side of this way of acting is that the war would be remembered not as it actually was and the people that died in this war would not be appreciated as much as they should. This is the exact opposite of realism which does show the real horror of the war in dulce et decorum. This also has its good and bad sides. The good side is that people would actually know what happened in the war and what the soldiers had to go through.
But again the bad side is that it would not be suitable for some audience’s i. . small children. Both ways of portraying war do have their advantages and disadvantages to certain audiences. As long as they’re both shown in moderation the war and many other events will be remembered correctly. For this play we used a completely different way of portraying the war by showing it in realism. This shows what actually happens in a scene in real life. For the war we used the same drama elements that we used for oh what a lively war but used them to portray the war in a realistic sense.
We used movement to portray how tired the soldiers are after marching for miles and putting certain acts in slow motion to show climax and how the soldiers cant cope with the action. We also used some drama mediums by not making any noise when a soldier was dying to clearly mark to the audience that this was a point of climax. Music and sound was a big part of this piece because the hall echoed and doubled the effect of it, we used this and put a backing track dimly in the background while we read the poem and done the actions.
All of these techniques again made the play better to watch. Drama mediums, elements and explorative strategies helped to enhance the dramatic meaning of the poem by putting more emphasize into the play and making all of the audiences senses active and stimulating there brain to think about what is happening around them and over stimulating them to make them blown away by the act. The three types of drama that we have been studying this term are very different and put across different massages for the same type of event.
Satirical shows the funny and comical side of things while making a point in-between the lines, realism shows the actual horror of the event and make the audience really think about what they are seeing and the point behind it. In oh what a lovely war the caricature exaggerates his movements in voice and body to emphasise a characteristic. They do this by making everything they do over the top, which is like slapstick comedy. We done this by making our song sung in a very deep voice and lengthened the words to make it more satirical, this then made the play more enjoyable to watch.
We also added Bertolt Brecht theory of making the audience distanced from the action on stage so that it would not get emotionally involved with the characters and the action, this made him a theatre practitioner and changed the way drama is today. We did this in our play of oh what a lovely war by me changing my hat every time I changed from a German soldier to an English soldier, using this method it distanced the audience from the character and broke the illusion of theatre.
This added spas to the performance, this is where an audience learns something important through humour i. e. that German and British soldiers stopped fighting on Christmas day and gave each other presents. To rehearse for a section of oh what a lovely war we used drama elements. We done this by doing some ensemble work where we worked together as a group of actors in singing a song we needed synchronisation to create a strong dramatic effect with a comic affect. To do this we needed rhythm pace and tempo to make sure all of our voices were in the same time.
We also synchronised our movement’s mimes and gestures i. e. holding our stomachs when we laughed. We also used symbolic elements by using the projector to show an image of war at Christmas with all of the troops round a Christmas tree, this again reflected the message behind the play. We also added drama mediums to our rehearsal period; we used music and sound to play at the beginning and end of the performance to get the audience in the right mood for the play.
We also used lighting in our performance to highlight that the trenches were dark and muggy; this again portrayed more information to the audience without them even knowing it. All the rehearsal work that we done did add effect to the performance by giving it an atmosphere and making all of the comic and dramatic tension work. These again added to the dramatic effect by making the audience in the right mood for the play and setting them up for the satirical performance
Looking back and evaluating my work I think that we done well enough to make the play satirical by using all of the drama elements that we had rehearsed earlier I the term. This made the play more interesting and distanced the audience from the concept and horrors of war by showing the funny side of it and using one of brechts theory’s to provoke the audience into thinking about the point of war and its futility, this makes the audience sit back and think about the other side of war and what it is worth for anyone which was the point of the play in the first place.