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Mad About The Boy, explain how the actors used vocal and physical theatre to change the audiences emotions throughout the play.

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3 Explain how one or more performer(s) used their vocal and/or physical skills to create changing responses in the audience during one live production that you have seen and assess the effectiveness of their performance(s) at particular moments. On September the 28th, Taunton School AS drama went to the Old Vic theatre in Bristol to see Mad About The Boy. The three characters were Boy; played by Bayo Gbadamosi, Man; played by Simon Darwin and Dad; played by Jason Bennett. Gbolahan Obisean wrote the play. The first skill that was used was by the Boy right before the play had even started. He was standing on the stage as we all walked in dancing to hip hop music and pointing and laughing at the audience. The music was very loud and the dancing very stylized so we straight away we knew what type of person he was going to be. At first glance he was a rule breaker and a rebel. ...read more.

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In the opening scene he Boys attitude helps to convey to the audience what type of person he is. He is aggressive and cockiness and oozes with confidence. His first line is ?my generation? ? he says it possessively as if he owns the whole generation and that his generation is the best. He follows this with ?respect is a thing you demand? ? this makes the audience think. Do you demand respect? Is it given freely? Should it be demanded or given freely? He says this line with ?all-knowingness? as if he knows what it is like to try and earn respect. This gives the audience the idea that he might have had to earn respect the hard way. In the play, the thing that stood out most for me was the amount of eye contact that the characters made with the audience. They are looking straight at you so they tried to make as much eye contact as possible, sometimes this made me feel uneasy but others it was as if you were right there in the play with all three actors. ...read more.

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He ripped his hand away from his Dad and the expression on the Dads face was so torn and upset that you had to look away, at this point, some people in the audience were crying. Both the Dad ad Boy are still facing the audience in this scene and we see a new and improved version of the Boy. Instead of slumping in his seat, he is sitting upright with his arms crossed as if to say ?I?ve changed and I am no longer a rebel?. This also gives the impression that he has been brought down from his high seat and down to the real world. As an audience we feel sorry for him at this point, which is a total change to at the start of the play where we feel like he is very cocky and argumentative. I feel that all actors were very successful in changing the emotions of the audience through vocal and physical skill. One moment I was feeling one feeling and the next that had totally changed to another. I really enjoyed this play and felt that the characters were very well acted and emotionally presented. ...read more.

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