QM Dramatists Performed Devised Piece, Stella’s Story
Lily and Lily-Rose of the Upper Sixth performed their short piece, ‘Stella’s Story.’ Continue reading for Lily’s review of the process and end product…
As part of their coursework, girls taking Drama at A2 level devise an original devised piece of theatre which is performed to an invited audience. Most recently, Lily and Lily-Rose of the Upper Sixth performed their short piece,Stella’s Story. Continue reading for Lily’s review of the process and end product. To learn more about Drama at QM, click here.
For our Upper Sixth Drama course, Lily-Rose Bagshaw and I devised a short piece based on Tennessee Williams’Streetcar Named Desire. We decided our piece would continue the action of the original play, so that we could present the audience with our interpretation of ‘what happened next’.
I portrayed the character of Stanley, while Lily-Rose took on the role of Stella. We included a letter in which Stella tells Stanley she is leaving him. We also used it as a way to ‘flashback’ to various parts of the characters’ lives together. Firstly, the night they met, in which we showed Stella as coy and youthful and Stanley as mischievous but romantic. Stanley then departs for the war, and we decided that the catalyst for Stanley and Stella’s relationship falling apart would be that the experience had strongly affected Stanley.
Other scenes included Stella announcing that she was pregnant and Stanley appearing disinterested, and another in which Stanley drunkenly turns on Stella and threatens her. The piece concluded with the line, “That was it for me. I just can’t do it anymore Stanley. I love you; I just don’t like you anymore.” The photos show a surreal scene in which we presented Stanley and Stella being reunited. Overall, the piece was successful and we very much enjoyed the fact that it was entirely our own creation. It felt particularly rewarding when we achieved the end product and would like to thank everybody who came to watch!