As our graduation day loomed, deadlines dwindled and the realization that our student days were coming to an end. My classmates and I discussed the future. All being Drama students the next stage for us, was finding our place in the industry, trying to piece ourselves to an ever expanding jigsaw. Having so much creative freedom the past year made us re-evaluate not only our professional selves , but the persona and character people see when you first step in a room. Apparently it takes a matter of seconds to create an opinion of someone!
Our final project, with four of my closest course mates made a musical personal to us.
Trying to find your role. Trying to find your part. Exploring various ways to define ourselves
From studying Musical Theatre for the past three years and being in various performances. We had all been type cast in one way or another.
There was a whore, A mother figure, The independent woman, The comedy character and The virgin. In a timeless space the five stereotypes interacted with each other, voicing their frustrations of their type casting. And although some wanted to change they can’t seem to shake the roles society has already given them. Most of these “stock characters” or “stereotypes” stem from the stock characters commedia del’atre (Google if you’re a bit confused!)
Throughout musical theatre history you can categorize the female characters into these five “roles”. But through various discussions it wasn’t just our voice types that attributed to our type casting. But our own personalities, our own experiences build up who we “chose” to portray on stage.
Here is my short video, this video and others were used to develop our piece, have a look ↑
My casting is “The Whore”!