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Soliloquy

    behemot posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:05:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    In recent years the assemblies started to feature a new kind of demonstration on stage: the soliloquy, where inner thoughts and reasonings of the character are uttered aloud for the benefit of the audience. Usually the plot is something like this:

    1. the character (a brother, a sister, a youngster) starts with indulging in a selfish/materialistic/unspiritual thought/plan

    2. reminds bible principles which run counter to his thought/plan

    3. comes to his senses

    4. makes the "right" decision (happy ending)

    It's kind of a self-sheperding call.

    It's true soliloquy is (has been) "a device often used in drama" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soliloquy), but the authors of the script not being Shakespeare and the actors not being Sir Laurence Olivier makes it kind of weird.

    How do you feel about soliloquies at the assemblies?

    M fokyc posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:12:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    How do you feel about soliloquies at the assemblies?

    Yuk!!!

    They never ring true, all made up material, in other words, another load of lies!

    life is to short posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:15:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    Uncomfortable

    zoiks posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 13:52:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    As I started to wake up, I would wonder, "If a person came in off the street and saw and heard this, the costume drama, or the audio drama, would they would think we're all insane?"

    Amelia Ashton posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:20:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    I never understood why the dramas were mimed in an american accent here in UK. Why mime at all? Why couldn't they learn the lines and speak them?

    M moshe posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:56:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    Amelia, There is always the chance a JW could say the right/true thing, when his lines called for him to tell a fib. I am sure this happened in the past a few times, so the canned pre-recorded drama came to the rescue- with dramatic sound effects!

    baltar447 posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:00:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    Most I've heard are ridiculous.

    miseryloveselders posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:10:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    I actually did one of these before. Looking back on it, I feel like an idiot for standing on that stage talking to myself. What makes it so ironic, is that the very point of that soliloquy, is what I'm struggling with now. I'm getting ready to do the exact opposite of what my character on the soliloquy did.

    designs posted Fri, 26 Nov 2010 15:29:00 GMT(11/26/2010)

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    Some here may remember the gigantic Brain and Heart used in a District assembly in the early 70s, they would light up depending on whether sin or righteousness were winning out. The skit to backfire was the couple sittting on a couch (dating couple, but a married couple was used ) and they start making out, the audience began to applaud! big Ooopps, but really hysterical.

    pirata posted Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:47:00 GMT(11/27/2010)

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    What makes it so ironic, is that the very point of that soliloquy, is what I'm struggling with now. I'm getting ready to do the exact opposite of what my character on the soliloquy did.

    Ha ha. Did you have the soliloquy were you googled something theocratic and an apostate website came up? You were so shocked that were saying lies and bad things about the organization that you immediately closed your web browser?

    mamalove posted Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:51:00 GMT(11/27/2010)

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    They always seemed very unrealistic, put on...a showy display of pseudo-christianity.

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