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    Berkoff's Theatrical Purpose

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    in the Fall of the House of Usher the sense of the 'House' is created before the audience enter by using a sound-scape and not through a set as Berkoff focuses more on the actor. Also Berkoff's idea of 'Total Theatre' aims to challenge the audience using all the aspects offered by the theatre including athletic actors. He used this style to make the audience more than just on-lookers of the performance and to bring the text to life, rather than just to portray what is written.

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    Blood Brothers evaluation.

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    It had a rich and luxurious feeling to it and the audience must have felt the same way too, especially with the binoculars built into the seats. The cyclorama (hanging cloth/sky cloth) had a big affect on the audience because it created an illusion of stars and night, which is not commonly used on most stages so it was particularly impressive. The thing that makes or can make musicals in this genre more attractive are props because they add colour, they make it more realistic, added connotations and helps you to tell what is happening by symbolic representation.

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    The directors of Lovesong wanted to convey the obstacles that a couple go through to show that love endures. The characters were put through many tests to in their relationship but they stayed strong.

    Sound in the performance was a way that the directors sent out a subtext, an example is throughout the play a flock of birds would be projected on the back wall and you would hear them. This represented the couple, because Margaret and William are each individuals but they are together like a flock and stronger together. The sounds of birds flying by could also represented time and that time is running out. Another effective way that sound was used when the couple was arguing and children was singing happy birthday was heard in the background .This was effective because

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    Drama review. On the 6.11.11 we attended a performance, which is based on the book the metamorphosis by Kafka.

    As the sounds of thunder appeared it made it obvious that it was part of the act and that the first scene is a rainy day. The stage set up was very crammed together, which gave the impression that the director was trying to create crust phobia in the play. There were two doors which did not have the physical appearance of a typical door, instead it was an outline of a door so I and the audience could see through it, the 'doors' were placed parallel to each other, and behind the door at the centre was a white

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  5. Notes on our devised piece. I felt that our piece was particularly eerie for the audience due to the fact that we made sure none of our characters were ever off stage. Even if they werent part a scene we would have them standing at the corner of t

    However, I felt that to merely imply was a more successful tactic in making the audience uncomfortable since they weren't sure what to believe, and were left questioning whether their imagination went too far. However, I still believe that our piece was successful in meeting the criteria of a Creative Adaptation, and also in keeping to our dramatic intentions to create an eerie atmosphere and to make the audience feel uncomfortable. Our physical theatrical techniques used were greatly praised when we performed to our peers, who gave us feedback which was so positive towards our stylised movements that we felt it was a good idea to repeat this dance throughout the piece, and show a breakdown of the characters' emotions.

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  6. The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Use of Language

    almost three centuries before it was written, and was ostensibly about the mass hysteria of the witchhunts, was in reality a thinly veiled portrayal of his contemporaries in 1950s America, and the mass hysteria generated by McCarthyism, and the white house committees' ridiculous charades. Miller's style in this play is very simple, although at times he uses somewhat poetic dialogue (reflecting the idiom of the era in which it is set), such as John Proctor's prosaic verbal impugning of Danforth during the trial in which he delivers an acerbic and ireful speech in court: "For them that quail to bring

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  7. The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Form and Structure

    There is also the idea of honor and truth. Proctor tries to keep his reputation but gives it up to reveal the truth. Through his struggle he achieves righteousness. All these things keep the plot moving. Proctor's relationship with Elizabeth can be seen to grow and mature. He continually grows more pure in Elizabeth's sight until she is able to forgive him in act four. Proctor character also attains a kind of moral supermeminence - He does not want to get involved in the court proceedings in act two but stands up for the truth in act four, and this

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  8. Glass Menagerie

    This play was set during the time period of 1900s, which meant that it was difficult to support a family at that time. Especially with the other members of the family not working. Not only was Tom's sister handicap and completely helpless but his nagging mother didn't help at all either. Tom had the responsibly of paying the bills and providing the food for his family. And although his mother did want to work, she was in no position to get a job, especially being and an older female at that time with no work experience.

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  9. Playhouse Creatures - Act 1, Scene 9 -What do you want your audience to understand about Nell and Mrs Farley? How would you direct it to achieve your aims?

    Mrs Farley delivers the second part of the line "if you don't want to starve" she looks back at the others seeing if she has impressed them and moves back to them to feel that she is in the majority. Nell doesn't see Mrs Farley's jealously as she is in a daze with her experiences on stage. She is away from the crowd standing still and staring out. She delivers the line "I couldn't so it" very static towards the audience but she snaps into reality when she says "You lot buggered off and left me" at this point Mrs

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  10. Sean OCaseys "Shadow of a Gunman". How would you perform the role of Mr. Gallogher in Act One of the play in order to create comedy for your audience?

    A natural hanging of my head would also be compulsory in reflecting my nervousness and anxiety. I would also be holding the letter of topic is my hand and sub-consciously pressing it and folding it with fidgeting and energetic fingers. As Mrs. Henderson introduces me. "This is Mr. Gallicker". I would look up and take a little baby step forward whilst taking off my hat out of courtesy and politeness. As Mr. Gallogher I would wear large magnifying glasses so that I could use a constant characteristic to blink and push them further up the bridge of my nose at the times where Mrs.

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    Live Production - Pains

    to be covered in plastic sheets. Two cast members came on stage in fully black suites, looking as if they were crime scene investigators, with very straight postures and seriously facial expressions. This was a shock to the audience as they were not expecting this scientific opening to the play. The actors walked in a fast pace coming on from opposing sides of the stage to meet centre stage to begin the removal of the plastic sheets over the furniture.

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  12. All That Jazz Professional Analysis

    In this analysis I will look at 3 key elements of the video, and apply them to our performances. Firstly I would like to say that I reviewed the tempo of the video. The actors were constantly getting stopped by the directors because they were doing something wrong, but tempo is so quick that the actors are constantly working and trying to do everything perfectly. The actor's hours are around 6 hours a day so to work at that intensity and to have that energy really surprised us all.

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  13. Family Disintegration in Death of a Salesman

    His wife, Linda, also did not help the situation any. She was constantly making up excuses for Willy and why he was the way he was...caught up in his fantasies. She did not help Willy see that he was suffering from psychosis. She, in a sense, hid it from him, and blinded her sons to the seriousness of the situation in the process, as well. All of this put a lot of pressure on Biff, which led him to be very confused about what he was "supposed" to want, and do with his life.

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  14. Jumpers. The play is written by Tom Stoppard in 1972. The main theme of the play is philosophy.

    The house is a "big old-fashioned but newly redecorated and converted mansion". Sound/music/light (p.9) drum roll: the use of sound keeps the audience attention. In this case the sound of the drums is like in a circus, this shows how farcical the situation is. (p.10) George and a telephone in a spotlight: the use of sound effects captures the audience attention. (p.12) the music has stopped: emphasise what happened Split stage The stage is split into 3 parts: Left: study Centre: front door Right: bedroom Whilst the point of action is in one side on the stage, the other parts

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    The Real Thing - Critical Review

    Scene one is a parallel of scene nine with a similar ending. Scene one shows max and charlotte breaking up after an argument, and the future is bleak for both of them. Scene nine shows the same thing, and as a reader or watcher, you would recount scene one and foreshadow the result. However, in scene nine, it doesn't stop where scene one ends, it continues. The anticipation of the result, after realizing what was supposed to happen, but isn't ending in such a way, is even greater and grabs the reader's attention and makes the play more enjoyable and interesting.

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  16. Dance essay on all three works This essay looks to discuss the works of Alvin Ailey and Christopher Bruce. Revelations 1960, Cry 1971 and Swansong are the three works to be conversed.

    how the slaves had to travel to the riverside to get water each day; in terms of movement, Ailey has used unison to show that these people were all in the same position and were all after the necessities; it represents the idea that the queue for the water each day was huge. 'I wanna be ready' is another song used by Ailey to set the mood and signify an overall message; it stresses just how strong these individuals were to have survived and soldiered through such terrifying and retching conditions.

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  17. Classical Othello vs Mordern Othello

    are needed for this use and a ladies toilet door that was turn around to reveal the inside where private and intimate girl talk took place. There was an epic effect where the set opens right in front of the spectators to show a back wall that was used for the street fight scene. The set was really realistic and quit modern The costumes the performers were wearing are contemporary and very casual; they wore tract suits, trainers and jeans, although they did dress Othello in a smart shirt and jeans to show his statues.

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  18. Drama Performance

    I think I played the role of 'Electra' very well as I used as much authority as I did have over Electra's sister and also showed that she was very strong willed, and that nothing that anyone could say or do was going to get in the way of her wanting revenge. The stage for this play was an open ended stage, this was a very minimalistic set as all the furniture we used was a garden bench, and this was as we set our pre 1900 play in modern day settings.

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  19. How did your role emerge and how was it communicated?

    It isn't until half way through the story, the main character I play comes to light. For the first half of the performance I play smaller characters that helped contribute to the performance and I fell they are just as important as the main characters within the scenes. For the opening scene I used acting techniques to help create the characters I played. I first used mime because while the scene opens, with music playing. I had to play various customers within the caf´┐Ż where we located the scene where mime had to be used.

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  20. Describe how you would perform the role of Cecily in order to create comedy for your audience.

    I would play the role of Cecily by using vocal, physical skills and the use of space. Cecily would walk feet first no noise first, so I would do this to show that she is not conformed to high society and in truly innocent. Accent is very important when playing the role of Cecily, I would use a Victorian accent but not an upper class one, this will show that she is neither snobbish or demeaning, tone is also an important skill to be considered because Cecily although very young does have a worldly sense and knows when Algernon is trying to seduce her, "in not really wicked at all Cecily".

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  21. "Contextualising the play" - Top Girls, by Caryl Churchill

    Yet each woman has suffered for her achievements. Lady Nijo was forced to give away children by lovers other than the Emperor in order to remain at his side. When she finally loses his favour she is forbidden from attending her own father's funeral, and ultimately abandons her life within the palace. She turns to Buddhism and becomes a wandering nun. Isabella leaves her sister at home in order to travel, and is consequently unable to be with her at her death.

  22. A Streetcar Named Desire- overview

    She allowed the audience to believe that she was Blanche not Jessica Coplan. It was as if Blanche was right in front of us, continuing her life as we saw her try to fake everything about herself, trying to make others believe that she is more than she actually is. During the performance I felt so connected to Blanche that I thought I knew what she was going through and her pain, but in reality it was the performance that captivated me, that made me see Blanche in a different way.

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  23. plot and subplot of death of a sales man

    Arthur Miller continuously uses flashbacks to emphasize his relationships with the two boys and his brother Charlie. In Act 1 Scene 1, page 30, it's important to the plot because it shows the contrast between the two characters, Linda and the woman. It makes us feel as if what Willy wants he can't actually get from just one person. The woman is seen as a woman of class "you just kill me, Willy. You kill me. And thanks for the stockings. I love a lot of stockings. Well, goodnight", whereas Linda who's a woman of work "just mending my stockings.

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  24. use of language in top girls

    When I used this in my practical work, I thought Joyce was really horrible to Angie. It was a one way thing, but Angie did talk about her 'mum' quite a bit too showing not much of a good relationship between them both. She said to Kit, "wish she was dead", this is not a normal thing to say to your mum. It also shows distress in the way I pictured the speech as it was said bluntly. There is a sense of irony in Kit's next line, "wanna watch the exterminator", as exterminator is a thing that kills other things.

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  25. Different Seasons

    In "The Shadow Out of Time," Professor Wingate Peaslee of Arkham's Miskatonic University suffers an extended bout of amnesia. After recovering his memory, he starts to have dreams of a vast Cyclopean city, located in the Southern Hemisphere of some 150 million years before and inhabited by intelligent cone- shaped beings known as the Great Race. It becomes clear that one of these creatures, who can travel through time, has exchanged minds with Peaslee. Eventually, he travels to the desert of Western Australia, where he discovers the ruins of the city of his dreams, beneath which he stumbles across the handwritten history of his own age that he had recorded in his captor's alien body.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • "Citizen Kane is often called the greatest film ever made. With close examination of the opening scenes, discuss the significant artistic features and cinematic techniques that led to this response."

    "A different example of Welles' mise-en-shot having great effect is the use of single shots from one angle for extended periods of time. This is a technique rarely employed in modern films, with directors preferring to jump to different angles frequently, showing as much as possible in a different way. This can feel strange to a modern viewer, and I found myself watching some of the interview scenes especially, just waiting for the camera to change, even just for a close-up, but it rarely does. A scene from the newsreel gives a good overall impression of the film. When Thatcher is shown calling Kane a communist, a union leader declares him a fascist, and Kane refers to himself as "One thing only- an American." These different views of Kane are symbolic of the way we only get what people who knew him thought of him, and as the newsreel director said, "what he did." We never find out the real truth, only other people's views, and although clues are given (after all, not many would believe that this cold businessman would so fondly keep his childhood sledge) we never really know the man himself. Michael Whiteman"

  • Compare the Opening Scenes of the Two Film Versions of Lord of the Flies

    "In my opinion the modern film version of 'Lord of the Flies' is the most effective. I feel this way because firstly it is in colour which to me provides a clearer picture and gives a better atmosphere as you can see the change in lighting. And also the fact that not as much information was given makes the audience feel more intrigued as to what is happening. The music in the modern version was a lot more smoother in the sense that it seemed to fit better, and it wasn't just like a series of sounds put together unlike in the first film. Both directors interpreted the novel in their own way and came out with virtually totally different beginnings, showing the change of the way of thinking from the early sixties to the late eighties when the modern version was produced."

  • Analyse 'drugs the facts' and 'The Score,' looking at how genres have been used and subverted in order to attract specific target audiences. How effective is this?

    "In conclusion I think that both drugs leaflets are to an extent effective at using and subverting genres in order to attract a specific target audience. However I feel that 'The Score' was the most successful at attracting a specific target audience through its use of several borrowed generic features found in teenage magazines, the Internet, scientific text books, and various others."

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