Thursday, January 22, 2009
Going Back into Roald Dahl's life...
Analysis of the novel BOY: Tales of Childhood
Students were required to act out a scene from the novel that expresses the most impressionable incident in a child's life.
First of all, allow me to enlighten u guys with the review on this novel.
Boy : Tales of Childhood written by Roald Dahl portrays the life of himself from the time he was a boy until the day he gained his first job. The story revolves through the ups and down in his early days and mainly focuses on the viciousness of the education system at that time. Vindictive punishment such as caning is an example of the brutality of the previous education system which on Roald's view had caused mental and psychological problems to the students.Not forgetting to mention the humiliation that the victim has to face. Nevertheless, the novel also tells us numerous hilarious and interesting stories of Roald's childhood and his teenage years.For example like the time when Roald came up with the idea of THE GREAT MOUSE PLOT to take revenge on the nasty Mrs Pratchett and the part that Roald played a prank on his half-sister's fiancee by putting goats dropping into the pipe he was using.Very amusing.There are also devastating and dramatic parts illustrated in the novel.
Now...back to the drama..
The part where Roald and his friends were given a few cane strokes by their Headmaster, Mr Coombes for their GREAT MOUSE PLOT on MRS PRATCHETT, was chosen by us: Ieyna, Arlena,Rumitha,Shikin and I for our drama presentation.
Steps taken in making this drama a success..
1. Preparation of the script by our own scriptwriter, Arlena...
2. Finding the right props for the act : Cane, Tie, Old Granny glasses, name tag....and much more
3. Rehearsal for two hours before English class started.
4. The moment of truth...
Nabil : Mrs Pratchett
Rumitha : Mr Coombes
Ieyna : Thwaites
Arlena : Roald Dahl
Shikin : Extras ( Deputy Headmaster and Form teacher)
My fingernails were coloured black with a crayon...Must get into the character of Mrs Pratchett who had dirty disgusting fingernails...yes...
Actor in making...as if..
Ng punya jari mmg ar annoying...
Sngt annoying....I was trying to give the evil-wicked-malevolence Makcik look..
The scripts are down here.....Spare some time to read it if you would like to know what our act was all about...
As for those of u who have read the scripts might noticed that Mrs Pratchett had a major problem with her grammar...misusing the singular and plural case...sesedap hati jer..She also had this thick Norwegian accent...The letter H was never to be heard coming out from her mouth..Things made worst...She is someone who is very loud and exasperating...Portraying Mrs Pratchett was really a tough job to do....sngt teramat
I was actually forced to play the role of Mrs Pratchett by Rumitha who were supposed to play that role originally...I was at first intended to be in the character of Thwaites....just screaming ouch..ouch...ouch...doesn't have to talk much...but all of them teamed up against me...and said since I'm the only guy...I have to play the part of Mrs Pratchett...swapping of gender la konon...as if...
I do think the drama was a success regardless of the fact that my hands were trembling throughout the play...haha..memalukan sungguh...What is there to say, I am like that.nothing can be done to change it.Seufzen...I can detect when my hands are trembling but it seems like i can't do anything to make it stop...haha..Too nervous i guess...anxiety disorder ke hape entah...
The other groups did a great job...I have to give my greatest salutation to Shun Ling, she can really act....Tahniah Shun Ling...Nanny+ Half-Sister+Form Teacher.
We were rewarded by our teacher,Miss Chan with a Norwegian food, red liquorice to be exact...Haha...my maiden bite...a strange cherry taste that tickled my taste buds...hurm...
Hope to have more fun in the classroom instead of just staring at books the whole week....