• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

As a director explain how you would present the chorus in your production of these scenes in order to convey the nightmare quality of the piece to your audience

Extracts from this document...


As a director explain how you would present the chorus in your production of these scenes in order to convey the nightmare quality of the piece to your audience You may wish to consider: * The number and gender of the chorus members * Performance style * Interaction with the audience and with other characters, * Their movement * Vocal qualities * Costume. You should refer explicitly to relevant experience of drama and theatre. The narrative function of the chorus offers a 3rd voice, almost as if K is being watched by some mysterious entity, that it is commenting/narrating to the audience. K is not aware of the Chorus on a conscious level and therefore cannot engage them in conversation yet he is able to feel their presence. The chorus narration creates the sense that a linear chain of events is in sequence and K is their 'subject'. The Chorus would be the most versatile groups of characters. I will use all of the chorus, parts of the chorus and small groups of the chorus where I believe appropriate. Each member of the chorus will not have a specific character but will adapt to the circumstances of the scene. In total I would have 20 chorus members, all men. ...read more.


All the movements of the chorus should be identical, very organised and very formal. No member of the chorus must show any emotion, not even anger when they shout. The script divides the chorus into 5 sections. I would have each section made up of 4 men. This means that when each section is talking, no section appears to have any more significance than the others. For variety though, and to make the choral parts more interesting, I will focus on each groups movements and costume, which relevantly reflect the themes of the piece. Section one: Judges, Section two: police, section three: prisoners, Section four: businessmen, section five: chimney sweeps. Thus giving each section of the chorus a character/angle. This selection of "society" is unbalanced and based on the theme of Law, criminals and society. The unbalanced nature of the representations is suitable for the nightmare quality. This is reminiscent of a production of Antigone I participated in. The chorus was used in a similar way to reflect the people of the town, by giving them a group voice gave them more power than single citizens. The two productions use of chorus parallel each other in the respects that they represent aspects of society and they indirectly influence the character of which the piece focuses on...K/Antigone. ...read more.


K, able to hear what is being said but has no control over the voices, as they ultimately control him. He is their puppet that they play with, taunt. The rest of the chorus are moving from side to side of the stage very quickly, running. This time, the background chorus are dressed in black robes that flow of their bodies as they run. This is to make them more difficult to see and to give the effect that they all merge into each other. K nor the audience will be able to keep track of one individual. The 5 with K, speaking the dialogue are still in their previous costumes, one form each section. A production that this idea comes from was called "Popstar", where certain characters would take role as the subjects conscience and question, tease them. They would ask them what they were going to do and simply represent different ideas the subject had. This taunting eventually lead to the subjects breakdown and was very unpleasant, similar to K's experiences. To make the piece more nightmarish, the Chorus should follow the general rules that they are not nice to K, they bully, tease him, look down upon him and think he is stupid. They can see him but he cannot find the source of this negativity which frustrates him. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. Discuss your ideas for staging the opening 4 scenes of "Our Country's Good" in ...

    The lighting would be a blend of very orange/yellow colours to signify the Australian outback. The sounds would be of didgeridoo's and wildlife however being interrupted by the calls of sailors to show how they are disturbing a natural way of life.

  2. Dear Mr Smith, I am writing to you with reference to your proposed production ...

    When Keller and Kate are talking to someone, Keller can sit in a chair and Kate could have a hand on his shoulder to show that she will always be with him, even if he has done some awful things.

  1. A Cream Cracker under the settee - Describe how you would stage the monologue ...

    In this part of the scene I would like to have a silent replay of the scene she describes, showing her and Wilfred talking in the kitchen. This would happen on the side of the stage, under a pale dim spotlight, the actors would mime the words of their conversation while Doris spoke her lines.

  2. Drama Production Log : Hamlet Extract.

    Evaluation Ayesha B, Fiona B and Stevie A. They did an excellent play. Their play was in the reasonable length. Not too long and not too short. All their scenes were well organized. For example: Ayesha put on a pair of glasses, change the accent and clothes when fitting in a new character.

  1. 12 angry men is a production about a murder trial.

    "I have lived in a slum all my life" this line is especially said badly he pushes all the words together instead of putting emphasis on slum and life. He didn't really have much characterisation so his character wasn't really appreciated.

  2. How would you perform the role of Creon in his first appearance with the ...

    After I would look at either side of the Chorus then raise my right hand so they stop clapping and sit down so it's completely silent for a few seconds, showing the authority of Creon and the tension of what he has to say creating a dramatic atmosphere.

  1. The Good Person of Szechwan, extract pg 105-108: As a director, discuss how you ...

    In my interpretation, I would want the Gods to be presented in the guise of archetypal Southern American businessmen, who are looking for good people as evidence that the area is worth investment. My reason for wanting to do this is to highlight the reality of how much power the

  2. Explain how you would perform the role of the Sentry, in each of his ...

    him because he?s done what Creon wanted, so he wants to show that he too has authority, he is an independent, strong man, and Creon has nothing to put against him. So his posture would still be very confidence and bold with his shoulders back and head up, his hand

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work