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Playing the Character John from Blue Remembered Hills

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Playing the Character John from Blue Remembered Hills

The group, consisting of John, Audrey, Angela, Willie and Raymond;
have heard a bomb siren going off from the nearby prison camp. They
know that this means danger and as they are in the woods, they cant go
anywhere for cover and start to worry about one of the prisoners, or
“Ities” and “Wops” as they call them, having escaped. They decide to
keep an eye out for any dangers but all the talk of these “Ities” had
got them just frightening each other even more. Raymond hears a sudden
noise and the threat sends them running for cover in the long grass,
huddling together as a group.

After a while, they find out that the disturbing noise was in fact
their friend, Peter, running through the woods towards them because of
the sirens.

Having left Angela’s pram behind, John and Peter decide to go looking
for it; and this is where the scene ends.

When we first see the group in this scene, they are all huddled
together in the cover of the long grass. John reassures the rest of
the group that this is a safe place to hide.

(unsure)

“Him wont find us down here” “This is nice and safe. Ennit?”

John is slightly unsure of just how safe they are and in both quotes
he is not only reassuring the group but also himself. I would say the
first quote with confidence and while looking through the grass. The
second line would be said in a lower pitch of voice as he is not as
confident and say “Ennit?” as in an agreeable way and not in an asking
way; even though John is adding this as if asking for support.

“Did – did you see him?”

I would say the first “did” in a nervous way but then adjust my voice
to sound more confident in the rest of the sentence emphasizing the
“see” as it is in italics. I think the reason the writer did this was
because John wants to seem braver than he really is, but when he asks
this question, he wants to know if there actually is a threat before
he appears too nervous.

“They’ll have the guards out after him. They’ll soon catch him.”

Again, here John is reassuring himself by reassuring the group. When
Audrey states, that shooting the escapee is a “Good job”, she shows
just how confident she is and how little fear she has compared to the
rest of the group.

Angela soon starts to worry about the pram, which is obviously
precious to her; John states that it will be fine where it is.

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“It wont hurt where it is”

Angela then starts wailing and fretting over the pram and how
frightened her doll, Dinah, will be. John puts up with her,
acknowledging the fact that the pram means so much to her, and agrees
for someone to go and get the pram.

When Willie asks whom exactly, John licks his lips, as if to think for
a while; but this could also be a sign of nervousness, and then
decides that they will all go as a group.

“It’ll be alright if’n we stick together. Eh?”

I think that this is a smart move by John, as he is probably too
scared to go on his own, but gives the impression to the group that it
is for their benefit as it would be safer.

When Willie asks John to look over the top, John is alarmed at the
task as he doesn’t want to do it; so he reacts in shock – “What?” (alarmed)

He doesn’t want to seem afraid so he decides to delay his actions as
long as possible. “In a minute”

Audrey picks up on this and suggests that he is too frightened. Even
though John is, he doesn’t want to appear that way to the other
characters in the group. “Course not!” Audrey now says out loud,
purposely for John to be offended and for the rest of the group to
hear, that “Wallace Wilson ‘ood go up and have a look.”

Still defending his fear he says “in a minute.” I would stress this
line as if to show frustration and with the part where he threatens
her, saying “Shut your mouth, Audrey” stare Audrey in the eyes and be
on a higher level to Audrey, taking on a more dominant posture, which
makes this line seem more of a threat. But another way of managing
this line would be to still stare Audrey in the eyes but be on an
equal level to her; this shows that John is only on the defensive and
being on an equal level, he realizes she has exposed his secret – yet
he still denies it.

Audrey still, unaffected by this declares that “Peter would an’ all.”
This would seem an insult towards John, as Peter is on a slightly
lower status than him in the ranking order of the group; as the other
characters see John as the leader and being more dominant but, with
Peter not far behind.

John still defends himself, but in a more recessive way than before.
“Shut your cakehole.” This line is mumbled, showing he is not as
threatening to Audrey as before and that she has proven her point. He
still manages to maintain his place, but decides to quiten down, as he
doesn’t want it to turn into an argument he knows he will lose.

But John is the only one who sees Peter as an equal, although he
doesn’t let the others know that – not even Peter, as shown in the
quote below.

John: “I reckon number two and number three - which is number two?”

(slight, sad pause)

Peter: “You be.”

Peter seems to look up to John and sees him as the dominant figure,
and is very appreciative of him; although John sees him as an equal.

John: “ Come on Peter, old pal”

Peter: (anxiously) “You sure?”

Here John would be very calm and high-spirited, as he doesn’t need to
be afraid of the threat from the prison sirens; although the rest of
the group is still worried. John would seem the leader again and would
be very confident about his movements and his tone of voice. Without
the threat, John suddenly transforms from the scared boy he was before
into a confident, boastful character.

John wants to appear brave and fearless to the other characters and
even though he was scared when the sirens went off, he tries not to
show his fear in front of the others.

Peter: (pleased) “Frightened – was you?”

John: “Me? Course I warn’t!”

John is in denial about his fear, as he doesn’t want to be seen as a
scaredy-cat but, he is stung emotionally when his “girlfriend” Angela
and also Audrey, gang up on him, calling him a sissy.

Angela: “And you be, John”

Audrey: “You done the same!” “You wouldn’t even have a peep, John”

John starts to make excuses for his trepidation, and when he says this
I would say the lines as if in denial and with a high-pitch of voice.
Using hand gestures would emphasis the ordeal of the task and even
pausing before I spoke my line with a look of disbelief, would suggest
that John was thinking of what he could say as an excuse to get out of
it. His facial expression would show annoyance and he would be making
out that his actions were only for the protection of the girls and
even what might have happened to him if there was someone there – and
that they were dangerous.

“That’s ‘cos we had you girls along ennit? Ennit Willie? Ennit
Raymond?”

Here, he is using his mates for support and by dragging them into
this; they would only deny their fear just as much as John does.

“I got to look a’ter ‘em, enn I! This ‘ere I-talian or wop or whatever
he calls hisself, might have a knife. Have you thought of that?”

The other characters in the group – especially the boys -, Audrey and
Angela still not convinced, start to believe John’s excuses and begin
to appreciate his actions and once again, John manages to maintain his
superiority.

As Peter sees John as a figure to look up to, he is surprised to hear
from Audrey that he was being a coward, yet pleased that John shows
some fear as this shows some weakness in John’s hierarchy character
and brings him to a closer level to Peter.

Angela: “And you made me leave my pram”

Peter: (pleased) “S’ that right?”

Here, seeing Peter’s gleeful expression, John would begin to think he
is being judged and this is where he would show his denial and in
defiance. His expression would be in a shocked position, as if he had
just been innocently accused of a crime of some sort, and start making
his excuses.

Near the end of the scene, where John’s reputation has been
replenished; Peter and John have volunteered to go looking for
Angela’s pram. They both “pep talk” each other and instruct the rest
of the group to stay hidden.

Although, there seems to be no signs of such an escapee that was
captured in their imaginations; they are still wary of the open
woodland and slightly scared to go out searching.

John: (to Peter) “Come on”

But they haven’t moved
=================================================

Peter: “Together, shall us?”

John: “Oy, together.”

This shows the fear that these two feel, and again the use of delayed
reactions, proving that this is something that they don’t want to do.

I would play John taking a deep breath after he says “come on”, but
with no advancing movement. When they realize that they both haven’t
moved, John would look at Peter – with Peter looking back – John, with
an expectant look on his face, waiting for something to happen.

After John’s line, “Oy, together”, we would look at each other and
swallow hard, then look forward, breath in heavily and take 3 large
steps in unison – we then look at each other with worried expressions
and then scramble up out of the hollow.



Dennis Potters' Blue Remembered Hills

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Dennis Potters' Blue Remembered Hills

A.E. Houseman’s poem looks back at childhood as a “land of lost
content” meaning that when you are a child you are innocent and you
don’t have a care in the world. Also he says that childhood is a
“happy highway where I went / and cannot come again” meaning that they
are the best years of your life but you can never go back there.
Dennis Potter took the poem and turned it in to a play about a group
of children who were on there school holidays in the forest of dean in
Gloucester. Potter is asking if childhood is such a land of lost
content and is children so innocent.

The poem was set in the summer of 1943 and there were 5 boys and 2
girls who were played by adults. The first person we meet is Willie
who is playing at being a spitfire. Next we meet peter who is a bit of
a bully. There is Audrey who is a bit of an ugly tag-along and then
there is Angela who is a pretty girl who orders Audrey about. There is
also Raymond who has a stutter and John he is a bit of a hero and is
number 2 last there is Donald he is a bit of a pyromaniac.

In the play the behaviour is realistic because that is what they would
really do if they were in the forest of dean. They do things that
only children do for example in scene 5 Donald, Angela and Audrey are
fanaticising about being adults and are playing houses. Also they
laugh about knickers being made out of silk. John and peter have a
fight in scene 11. It all started in scene 10 Raymond was standing on
his head and Audrey shouted that there was blood in his ear and John
was standing up for Raymond and Peter was trying to make Raymond loose
and then they get in to a fight and John won and peter was running
away “Run, babby, run!” and peter ends up in the old barn talking to
Donald. In this part of the play Dennis Potter is trying to make them
look as if they are not so innocent. They are being deliberately
cruel when they are trying to knock a squirrel out of a tree and they
eventually knock it out and kill it. An incident of when they are
unintentionally being cruel is when they trap Donald in the barn when
Donald is starting a fire in amongst the hay.

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The other children did
this because they wanted to trap him in the barn but did not realize
that he had started a fire in it. In a way they were being cruel by
locking him in the barn to begin with.

“Doosn’t call I that, Angela! You promised!” this is when in scene 5;
Angela and Audrey are calling Donald “Donald Duck” and going “Quack
Quack” at him. Donald goes in to the corner of the barn and “Jabbing
their forefingers at him, they drive him towards the barn wall. He
claps his hands to his hands to shut out his jeering taunts. In what
looks, in adult form, almost like a psychotic frenzy” Also they are
being very cruel to Donald and he starts to cry and rock. This is a
part of the play of when they are being like adults in that they are
playing houses and Donald is swearing.

Dennis Potter has adults playing the children because they have
experience of being a child. Also it makes it a bit funny because they
look weird when they are doing things that you would only children
would normally do. Also using adults make them seem less innocent as
they are bigger.

I think that Dennis Potter had a fun and exciting childhood for a few
reasons. In the poem he show the children playing and enjoying
themselves in there summer holidays and if he wanted childhood to
appear sad and unhappy then he would have had them when they weren’t
having fun. Also he thinks that they are not as sweet and innocent as
they might seem to be. A reason I think he does this is because they
can be harmful towards each other. An example is when they lock Donald
in the barn. He also shows that they can let there imaginations run
away like when they thought the P.O.W had escaped from the camp down
the road and they thought they could catch him even though they
thought that he would have had to kill a few guards to get out.



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