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Devotion - Given the director's statement, do you think that he has achieved his aims successfully?

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Given the director's statement, do you think that he has achieved his aims successfully? Introduction The play is basically about 3 children: Batman, Mary and Sarah (The soldier), who are living in an extreme environment, in the middle of a war, trying to cope and survive. These are the three main characters, but there is one more character, whose name is "Actor". The theatre group performs lots of plays for teenagers/young adults, such as Devotion. Devotion was developed with young people, for young people. Before the play had begun, my first impressions were that it had some sort of space ship in it, as the set looked like a space ship. Only did I find out once the play had begun that it was a car, covered in a sheet. This was the first time I had come across this theatre group's work, so I didn't know what to expect. Also, before the play began, I was thinking what the title "Devotion" had to do with a set that looked like a space ship, so I didn't really have a clue what it was going to be about. Whilst we were waiting for the play to begin, we couldn't see any actors as they were already in position, which was inside the car. ...read more.


Both of these moments prove the director's statement, as these images not only made the story clearer and easier to understand, but they got the audience thinking, as if they told a little story of their own. The character I found most interesting was Sarah, who was the Soldier. This was because she was only a little girl, yet she was a soldier, serving "Daddy". At the beginning of the play, when "Daddy" was first mentioned, I wasn't quite sure who he or it was, but as the play progressed, I managed to draw the conclusion that "Daddy" was some kind of commander or general who Sarah was fighting for in the war. This interested me as it told us that Sarah probably liked rules and regimes, as she was always talking about "Daddy" as if she worshipped him/it. When Sarah was in "Daddy" mode, she seemed safe and secure, yet when she turned back in to a 12-year-old girl, she acted as if her whole life had been turned upside down, that she didn't know where she was and that she was confused. I learnt from this image that she felt safe and secure with rules and regimes, and when these were taken away from her, she felt uncomfortable and distressed. ...read more.


of security, even with a doll, to be their little baby, but every time Batman ripped her clothes, she felt as if it was impossible for such a little thing to ask for, which is taken for granted in today's world. Sarah too, had a false sense of security, being a soldier, with regulations and orders, which she had to carry out, but always seemed to end up in her turning back in to the 12-year-old girl that she was. I think that the director had chosen these themes and messages deliberately, to show the audience that these things do happen to people in society, and that we shouldn't take them for granted. I personally think that the director did achieve his aim. He managed to explain some of the most difficult scenes using images, not speech, to tell the audience, making it easier for them to understand as well as for them to remember it. For example, the scene where Sarah used the brick; the forth character created suspense and questions for the audience by making a mark on the car, which was very easy for the audience to remember, instead if it being said in direct speech. The director also used the props and characters to their full potential, which helped the audience to remember images too. ...read more.

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