Behind the wall – A play Essay

The piece was based on domestic violent. The group used four still images. The first still image showed a happy family where the dad was in the middle with his right hand on the mum’s shoulder this showed me that even though they acted like a happy family his right hand on his wife’ shoulder showed me that he was always violent and he was forcing her to do what he wanted, also the dad was in the middle which was a good use of level because it showed me that he was the one in control and he had power over the family. In the first image the grandparents were behind the dad with sad faces on which showed me that they weren’t happy about their daughter marrying a horrible man and it also showed that they couldn’t do anything about it because they were standing behind him, the dad had the power.

On the second image it showed the dad attacking his wife and the rest of the family with sad faces, this showed me that the dad was not nice to his wife and the family knew it but they just couldn’t do anything about it but just watch in sadness. The third image showed the dad putting on a normal face with the rest of the family putting a sad which showed that the dad didn’t care about him hurting his wife and it also showed that the rest of the family were powerless. The last image was the same as the first one and this showed me that it symbolised the mum being trapped because she can’t rescue herself from running through the routine of her acting like a happy family but really she is not happy. All the characters had a thought in the head after the 4th still image which showed me how they felt about the situation they were in.

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The form was still image. It was told by the characters facial expressions when the mum was getting beating up the rest of the family members all had sad faces. Body language when the dad had is right hand on his wife’s shoulder on the first and last picture to show the audience he had control and he was forcing his wife to do things. Levels when the grand parents were at the back, the dad in the middle and his wife and kids at the front, which showed that he was the boss, and that the mum’s grandparents were powerless they couldn’t do anything about it.


The structure was linear because the still images were put all in order and even though the first and fourth images were the same it showed me that the situation happened more then once. I liked it because the audience including myself sympathised with the characters more because it happened all the time.


They used still images and they were effective because the audience could concentrate on the characters feelings by facial expression, for example: in the first image unlike the rest of the family the grandparents were not smiling if turned that into a role play I wouldn’t have noticed the grandparents facial expressions but concentrate on the dialogue, so it was a good idea to use still image to show the characters feelings also the body language were the dad had his right hand on his wife’s shoulder and the levels were the dad was in the middle symbolised power, force and control.

They also used thought in the head that was effective because it improved the characters feelings. The audience got to see and hear how the characters fell about the situation.

The effect on the audience

This drama piece made me feel sorry for the mum and the grandparents because the mum was forced to smile and afterwards was beating it makes the audience sympathise with her and for the grandparents the audience also sympathise with them because they watch their daughter being tortured and they can’t do anything about it, they are powerless.

Positive comments about performance

The best things about their performance was how they symbolised being trapped and powerful. They use of body language, levels and the same still images being showed over again represented those two words because the body language the dad and the right hand showed how he was in control, him being in the middle showed how he was powerful and the first still image to played over again showed that it happened more then once.


They need to put more emotion while talking because it sounded as if they didn’t care and also changing their voices would make their piece more effective because it makes the audience believe more into the characters.


The hand on his wife shoulder symbolised that he forced her and he had control over her. They were all smiling and yet he was still using force, which showed that he always forced her to things for him, as she couldn’t do anything about it.


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