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my drama group visited the theatre to watch the "Woman in Black". It's a play which has been adapted from the novel by Susan Hill and directed by Robin Herford

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On the 21st of November I and my drama group visited the theatre to watch the "Woman in Black". It's a play which has been adapted from the novel by Susan Hill and directed by Robin Herford. The play involved 2 characters; Paul Shelley and Damien Matthews. The play was about a woman called Alice Drablow who has given birth to a baby boy but was unable to cope. She let her sister adopt the baby in the hope that she will take better care of him but he dies in a car crash later on. Alice then dies of heart failure and her ghost comes to haunt people with young babies so they can feel her never ending bereavement and misery. This is the story line but the play is told by a man who was haunted by this woman giving his insight on the situation. His play was preformed and directed using Brecht's techniques. This means that the audience was aware that this was just a play and weren't drawn into the play. ...read more.


* Used as basket to store papers in El Marsh house. * Used as a bed with pillows and a duvet when the actor was sleeping in the house during the night. * Used to represent horse when the actor and Arthur Kipps were coming back from the house. This prop was used well and was able to be used imaginatively with the good acting skills. The actors bounced up and down to represent the journey and the jumping of the horse rocking the carriage. During the play the actors used mime to represent a dog. They used this technique effectively by kneeling down and making gestures as though they were petting a real dog. When they referred to the dog they looked down and spoke down as though there was a real dog. When the dog was near its death the actor reaches out as though he wants to save "spider". He showed his struggle through his facial expression and gesture which turning up the pitch of his voice as well as screaming out in desperation. ...read more.


The door then immediately flung open which shocked us worse because it happened at a time when we least expected. The audience were then shown a motion of a rocking chair, which usually appears to be sweet and friendly in a normal everyday situation but it was in a sinister position which frightened the audience. The audience felt the element of fear but also an element of suspense to know what had been in the room to rock the chair. The sound effects during the play added to the suspense and mystery of the scenes. Every so often we would be hit with a spine tingling scream which scared the life out of the audience. The scream was presented cleverly because the sound of horse would be heard before the scream. On a number of occasions the sound of the horses' hooves would play which would prepare the audience for the scream but then the noise would just stop almost as an anti-climax. The music box was also quite sinister because we imagine that sound to be sweet and intended for children but in this case it was the sound of heartache like a juxtaposition The sound effects highlighted the play. ...read more.

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