What is a skit as opposed to a play and how would you structure one based on "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath?What is a skit as opposed to a play and how would you structure one based on "Daddy" by Sylvia...

What is a skit as opposed to a play and how would you structure one based on "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath?

What is a skit as opposed to a play and how would you structure one based on "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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A skit is a short scene.  It is usually about 5-10 minutes long.  Since the poem is relatively short, the skit might consist of one actor acting out the story.  Basically, the speaker is describing her pain at being abused and lorded over by her father.

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Well, a skit is defined as a brief satirical theatrical sketch. Obviously this is one type of a play that you can have. A play can be longer and is not limited to satire, and indeed, can encompass a whole range of tones, from satire to humour to seriousness. Based on this definition of a skit, I hope you can see why producing a skit based on Sylvia Plath's excellent and deeply moving poem about her relationship with her father would not perhaps be appropriate. Certainly trying to convert this poem into a satire would be challenging! You might therefore want to think about producing a drama rather than limiting yourself to a skit. Opting for a drama would give you more options.

When thinking about structuring your drama, you clearly need to think through the various images and stages in the relationship as depicted in the poem. How can you capture the richness of the imagery and Plath's sound effects in drama form? What props can you use? How many characters will you have? How can you suggest the allusions to violence and domination that are present in the poem? These are just some of many questions that you will have to think through. You might want to explore just using two characters and having them act out tableaus expanding on each stage of the relationship. Just an idea though. This is a very interesting assignment, so good luck!

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