Battered but not broken
Child abuse, in my opinion, is one of the major crises that we as human beings have to deal with. Adults who have been abused as children have been known to be at the root of other major problems such as crime, mental illnesses and suicide. They may also become abusers in future relationships.
Therefore I decided that, as one of our most important problems in our society-or any society for that matter, I based a Communications Studies portfolio theme on ‘Child Abuse’.
My reflective pieces included a diary entry titled ‘The Unheard Voice of Tears’, a dramatic piece titled ‘Battered But Not Broken’ as well as a rational for each of the two pieces.
I have chosen child abuse as my theme because, as a child of the Caribbean, one is only too aware of the ‘abuse’ children are subjected to because their parents want what is best for them or do not know any better as that was the way they were treated in their childhood. As a budding psychologist, I have chosen this subject because it has been a main root cause of psychopathic behavioral patterns and it is interesting to try to understand the minds of those who may just be labelled mentally unstable instead of learning their problem and trying to help them.
‘Battered But Not Broken’ is a dramatic piece to demonstrate the physical and emotional changes that may be observed with an abused child.
The purpose of this piece is to highlight, to the audience, the awareness of their rights to ‘divorce’ their parents if they are in an abusive environment. In addition it shows how you can recognize the signs of a victim and how you can reach out to help. The piece could be used for public broadcasting to help demote child abuse in the family unit.
A Christmas play I intended to put on…. One day soon perhaps 🙂
School has become such a pain in my side I can not deny. It has taken away from much of my writing, not that I am complaining. But these attempts to re-prioritize seem quite vain and that is unbecoming to say the least.
Anyway, before this week’s end I shall post a script that was supposed to be for a biochemistry class project but came to futility. Might have been fun to see one finally in action. C’est la guerre, c’est la vie.
This is yet another play I attempted although it is not of my own design. As a child I adored the ballet and although due to certain circumstances I had to discontinue practice my love for it continued. This coupled with my love of reading, my parents presented me with a book of ballets. One of these were called ‘Coppelia’. I sought to share my love with my peers. Unfortunately many do not see the merit of ‘prancing around a stage in dance and song’ unless it is a Disney movie which of course they think they are too old to watch anyway. So I attempted to dramatize, modernize and localize it (i.e. more Trinbagonian) and removed the dancing. The result is ”Coppelia”. I named the title in quotes since, other than the fact that it isn’t truly a Rogue original, you would notice that not one character is named ‘Coppelia’ which was the name of the main character in the original ballet. It was my opinion that the name did not sound in place of what I wanted to do with the play.
Also this is an interactive play. I had every intention of producing this play in such a way to make the audience feel as though the play was happening all around them instead of just in front of them. I have not had the chance to perform it yet, but I am still hopeful and when I do I intend to wow my audience.
This was my first attempt at play writing. My inspiration came from my peers and I very crudely tried to convey a few factors they may face in their life as a student.
I feel obligated to inform readers that it contains heavy Trinbagonian dialect which may be slightly difficult to comprehend to a non native.