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

Evaluation of John Osborne's Look Back In Anger

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Evaluation of John Osborne's Look Back In Anger On Thursday 8th November, I went with a group of drama students to see a production of Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, which was being performed at the Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead. This theatre is quite modern and has a spacious bar area, which has been upgraded to give the foyer of the theatre a contemporary look. The audience was seated either in the stalls, the raised back and sides, or on the balcony. The play, Look Back in Anger is set in post war London in the late 1950s, a time where the English society started slowly reforming itself to the new circumstances, after the war. John Osborne used a very naturalistic style for this play and he uses various slang words, which gives the impression of real life and brings out the characters and a genre of realism. Overall, Look back In Anger is quite a disturbingly realistic drama which provided a turning point in the mid fifties and could be described as post war modernism. The play features the characters of Jimmy, a frustrated sweet shop owner, Alison, Jimmy's middle class wife, Cliff, their welsh friend, who also works in the shop, Helena, an actress friend of Alison and Alison's Dad who only appears briefly. ...read more.

Middle

When she argues with Jimmy she stands up to him and she doesn't become a victim in the way that Alison does. Helena is also very direct and she walks with conviction. Her body language tells us that she is confident and authoritative because she holds her head up high, she stands tall and her high-heels give the impression of authority because the other characters wear flat shoes. She also walks confidently and has conviction in her step; when approaching other characters she knows exactly where she is going and is in complete control of her body. This is shown when she slaps Jimmy because it was a bold action and an invasion of his personal space, which would require confidence and conviction. Also when she kisses him, because this would also need confidence, if he hadn't kissed her back it would have been extremely embarrassing and it is an action that requires a certain amount of self-confidence. Her voice is other proof of her confidence as her projection is loud and clear in comparison to Alison's uncertain and feeble tone. She also uses her language to show her class as she is quite articulate and her accent is well pronounced and genteel. The mannerisms of Cliff, the loyal friend of both Jimmy and Alison, are quite significant throughout the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

His disposition is somewhat tragic though because his actions seemed to be based on revenge rather than the pursuit of happiness. His movements also implied his anger because of the tension in his body but his movements were also very direct which told of his confidence in the security of his life and those around him. He also used his voice to good effect because his bitterness could be heard clearly and the ways in which he changed his tone indicated his mood precisely. The silences during the play helped to create the tension of his character because of the body language between the characters and the mood of the scene. My overall impression of the play was that it was quite a dark, depressing yet naturalistic idea. The production was very well put together and the communication of ideas were clear within the plot. I found it enjoyable to watch and I particularly liked the second Act where the character of Helena was introduced and the plot thickened up. Although, I did find the final scene quite disappointing, because I had hoped that Alison was a stronger person and would have known better than to go crawling back to Jimmy. However, I thought that the ending was more realistic and more in keeping with Alison's character and the time in which it was set. Sian Goff 11e 1. Page 1 2401 Words 2. ...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. Performing Arts evaluation

    Health and Safety They had to certify that the rest of the team and the audience were always safe throughout the performance and the whole process running up towards the actual night of the event. In order to keep members of the company motivated every lesson Health and Safety would

  2. An English Essay on why the character of Jimmy Porter is so Fascinating to ...

    know that Jimmy has obviously an individual and completely unique personality, he lives by his own rules, this is why he is so fascinating. The audience cannot understand why Alison stays together with Jimmy, they are shocked and appalled by the way he lashes out at her, her parents, friends

  1. DIGITAL SPECIAL EFFECTS

    We used a lot of body movements and tones of voices in our play which is why warm-ups at the start of rehearsals were important mainly to get our bodies relaxed and stretched and our voices clear. For movements we did a lot of running about and played games that

  2. "To what extent Abigail's Party a naturalistic play

    Each of them is behaving as they feel they are expected to at such an occasion and this is different to their normal character. A glimpse of their normal characters is seen at the end when Lawrence collapses and Angela takes control and slips into her role of a nurse.

  1. The stimulus we were given to look at was the play 'Too Much Punch ...

    When Judy was married, I think she was jealous of Jo's freedom. Jo would be out every night having fun while Judy was at home and was the 'old frumpish housewife.' During her schooldays, Judy was a bit of a bully and wasn't very well behaved.

  2. For my Coursework I studied 'Bouncers - 1990s Remix' by John Godber, and 'Shakers-Restirred' ...

    We also tried using a Proscenium stage, but we felt that then the audience seemed too far away. We went with the idea of a studio stage in the end, as it meant that the audience were on the same level as us, and that we were really close to them so they could feel part of the scene.

  1. 'The Gift' and 'Frankenstein' - Response, Development and Evaluation

    We discussed our own personal views about testing. I believe that testing on animals is necessary - to some extent. Animal medical testing has saved billions of human lives , however, I believe that testing cosmetics and experiments such as forcing animals to inhale cigarette smoke to see how long it takes to kill it is barbaric and unjust.

  2. GCSE drama coursework unit 2C - evaluation of a production

    and cupboard was set into the floor (although still used in the play.) The emptiness of the room gave significance to the records and record player as they stood out from the set. A circular record in the centre of the set turned into a small stage for LV to

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