Child Labour IR I&S

Sir James Pond

The Industrial Daily, 1800

Born in Edinburgh, Britain, sir James Pond was the son of a renown factory owner, sir Edward Pond. Pond spent his early years tending the family’s farm as well as helping to operate the successful factory, now known as Pond Enterprises. Some of James’ hobbies included reading, discussing, and exploring new information on his own. Thanks to his father’s profession, James was able to conduct multiple factory visits from time to time. Again, with the family’s wealth, James was able to attend school on a regular basis, which has indefinitely helped him with his intelligence and knowledge. However, at the age of 12, James was kidnapped and taken to Birmingham where he would be locked and forced to work in a textile factory for the next 10 years of his life. Although James’ father searched desperately with the help of his professionally certified men, they could not find James. This was one of the cases that sparked the Unaware Disappearances in the late 17th century. In Birmingham, James was forced to work in harsh conditions, but this has helped him gather analytical, detailed facts and the truth that is hidden in these factories. With the diligence and perseverance of work for 10 years, James was finally allowed to leave the factory. At the age of 22, James decided to take action against his “gruesome” experience in the factory. With the advantage of his previous education and experience, James decided to become a lawyer to speak up for the voice of others. Luckily, with the unexpected death of one of the previous lawyers protesting for child labour, James was offered the spot, and in no time, he was the leading lawyer of the community.

We now bring an exclusive solo interview from Sir James Pond.

“I think that Child Labour should not be used anymore, as it provides nothing but negative effects. Children ended up with many wounds and injuries. In some years, up to +1000 injuries were found in certain hospitals. According to a recent survey that the Society Against Child Labour (SACL) has conducted, 40% of the population consists of children. Are we seriously going to risk their lives with these horrible work conditions? In addition, children were forced to work even when their skin muscles and bones were dysfunctioning, and when children were too tired or unwilling to work, they had their heads dipped into a water cistern. Since children who worked in factories were usually kept in confined areas, lots of breathing occurred. This led to heated temperatures and the contamination of air, which would later trigger lung diseases, respiratory malfunctions, illnesses, and in severe cases, death. Moreover, children were forced to carry heavy weights and large quantities of items, causing neck and spine problems. Furthermore, children are forced to work in extremely harsh conditions- dirty, dark, unsafe areas; this is no way for humans to live! According to Joseph Hebergam, children were given severe beatings when they were not on time for work- even a few minutes off. “If we were five minutes too late, the overlooker would take a strap and beat until we were black and blue.” Although some may try to convince others that child labour is beneficial, it most certainly is not. Some claim that children are cheap and affordable, they will receive good education, are willing to work, and that some machines can only be operated by children. All of these points are nonsense. Children were cheap and affordable because the amount that the factory owners paid them was extremely low. Furthermore, some mechanics engineered specific machines for children, as they were considered too much of a risk for adults to use. Children were willing to work, as they were often threatened, deceived, or were promised a better future. The education was also of low quality, as most of the material came from the corrupt minds of the factory owners who will not inform them about society or the world outside the factory.

 

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Drama Mime Reflection

  • How successful was my staging of the mime  scene?

I thìnk that my role ïn the mìme helped create a successful scene, as I maintained a focused state and concentrated throughout the scene. This allowed for the scene to be well structured, helping the audience to interpret our actions easily. Furthermore, our group used a variety of techniques, such as the use of awkward silences,   all the while not facing our backs towards the audience. However, I think that I could’ve done better on using alternative actions and exaggerating my movements, which will help the audience to understand my role easier. I believe that my staging in this scene had both positive and negative areas. In some parts of the scene, I would portray an object by making good use of shape, weight, and size; in addition to using  good use of my posture and facial expressions. However, at some points, it seemed that I would forget about these factors for a while, making the audience confused for my unclear actions and/or imaginary objects. I felt that sometimes I would start off well in representing an object, however, after a period of time, I would forget about showing the same size/shape/weight. For example, I would start off with a large magazine, and later on in the scene, the magazine would become considerably smaller, and if measured, my hand would technically be inside the magazine.  Overall, it was a fun experience, and I learnt to use and apply new strategies/techniques.

  • How did I use the space? +ve/-ve

I think that I used the space effectively, as I stayed within a certain area to show that I was inside a room, however, I used enough space to move around and portray an understandable scene. Our group performed on the stage, however, we made it look like we were inside a confined room. The fact that I used a door to get in allowed the audience straight away that we were inside a room. The fact that Theo had to stand up allowed the audience to interpret that we were in a small room and that space was limited. Moreover, when I walked towards the receptionist’s desk, I halted on purpose to show that there was a wall over there: to show the limits of the room. When watching the mime again, I can tell that we are in a room, which means this mime was effective.

  • How did I interact with other characters?

Throughout this mime, I interacted both positively and negatively with certain characters using a variety of movements. At first, it is evident that I am a very supportive father, and that I tend to care for my daughter the way an over-protective parent does: constantly keeping an eye on my daughter and talking to her every few minutes. However, on the other hand, when I see another man in the hospital, I suddenly  get over-protective, and I start to give frequent glances towards the man and I tend to become physical when the man shouts at my daughter. Each of our group members actively participated, and we depended on each other’s actions to move on to the next. We were performing in a chronological sequence, which meant that the action produced by one of us would lead to the next action.

 

  • How was the mime believable? Not believable? Explain.

This mime was believable, as most of our actions were realistic, and frequently appears in the real world. However, some of our actions were not effective enough to truly persuade the audience, such as the disfigured imaginary objects. As mentioned before, some of these objects that we tried to show were not convincing enough because of the way we applied size/shape/weight, which could have confused the audience. On the bright side, I think that most of our actions were clear and understandable, due to the way we used our facial expression, gestures, and postures. When I observe my actions again, I can tell that my actions are not effective, as I cannot tell what I am doing, however, I must have been confident and satisfied with my actions during the mime.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this unit and it was a fun experience!