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For our A2 devised practical performance, we decided to portray our own Creative Adaptation of Henry James The Turn of the Screw.

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Supporting Notes - Section One For our A2 devised practical performance, we decided to portray our own Creative Adaptation of Henry James' 'The Turn of the Screw'. As a group we were eager to portray the gothic theme, due to its extreme scope for imagination. We knew that to do a Creative Adaptation, we needed a storyline which had particularly strong themes which were recognisable for an audience. Due to the eerie and ghostly themes within 'The Turn of the Screw' we decided it would be perfect for our theatre project. Although, as this was a Creative Adaptation we were able to incorporate our own ideas into the plot in order to provide our own twist on the story, making our production original and innovative. Since all of us had read the novel, we were all particularly enthusiastic about performing it, allowing us to be motivated further for the play's progression. ...read more.

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We decided from there that every object and sound effect we use would have a symbolic meaning behind it. For example we will have a music box on stage which will be symbolic of corrupted innocence within the play. This music box will crop up on stage whenever a characters' innocence is in decline, with the accompaniment of an authentic music box tune, which will highlight this innocence through its childhood connotations. Researching other productions of the story, we found many performances done through ballet, for example, Salvatore Aiello's interpretation in 2005 which through its imaginative dance methods influenced us to involve more movement sequences within our play. The movement sequence between Flora and Miles is a sequence which intends for the audience to feel as uncomfortable as possible. This will be through the ambiguity as to whether there is something more than a brother/sister relationship, between the children. ...read more.

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The audience will be allowed to feel this discomfort through the fact that Ms Wallseat will be just as shocked by it, letting the audience know that the behaviour of the children and Ms Williams is unusual. Lastly, another dramatic intention was to portray the corruption of the innocent. We decided that Flora, the youngest of all characters, would be the most corrupted in that being the youngest she is the easiest to influence. We wanted to convey the domination, particularly by Miles and Ms Williams, who are continuously putting ideas into Flora's head, giving the audience the idea that Ms Williams and Miles are painting an in-genuine picture of Bly Hall, resulting in the audience questioning their motives within the play. Through these aims, the audience will get an idea of the disjointed and corrupted morals that exist within the Bly household, and will be just as struck with fear as the na�ve and young Ms Wallseat. Words: 699 ...read more.

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