Monday, July 19, 2010

Requiem: Research

Carrying on from the previous post.
Requiem: A song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person or persons.
A *very* strong word in my opinion. We are mourning deceased people, children in the case of the music. Where would children be playing?

  • Funfair, Carnival?
  • Field, Playground?
  • School?
  • Garden?
  • Pre-School?
  • Zoo?
  • Activity Centers?
  • etc..
I've thought a while about this and decided how can I use one of the above to create sadness for children dieing? A School seems to be the most logical choice for this project. I'll look further into it.

Do I use a Natural Disaster and base it on real life? The Aberfan Disaster;
At 9.15 am on Friday, October 21, 1966 a waste tip slid down a mountainside into the mining village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales. It first destroyed a farm cottage in its path, killing all the occupants. At Pantglas Junior School, just below, the children had just returned to their classes after singing All Things Bright and Beautiful at their assembly. It was sunny on the mountain but foggy in the village, with visibility about 50 yards. The tipping gang up the mountain had seen the slide start, but could not raise the alarm because their telephone cable had been repeatedly stolen. (The Tribunal of Inquiry later established that the disaster happened so quickly that a telephone warning would not have saved lives.) Down in the village, nobody saw anything, but everybody heard the noise. Read More..
Or do I use a horrific war scene to base upon?

I think the idea of having a *War Torn* school, would give everyone a more effective emotive experience; Heighten the sadness level. I'll now look further into how a school might have looked before / after it has been war torn.

1 comment:

tutorphil said...

i love the Aberfan idea, Dan... so sad, so horrifying - so evocative! I'd really push this!

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