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  1. Beautiful Burnout by frantic assembly: REVIEW

    from him when during a championship game he is injured and disabled for life, showing that his abilities an love of the game when put into perspective weren't worth it due to the loss of his normal everyday abilities, this proves boxing to be a controversial sport. The play was indeed gripping, due to its controversy, mainly because boxing in the past and present day is one of the most dangerous sports ever to be conceived by our society. It creates many disputable topics and arguments in today's world.

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  2. The birthday party analysis

    Goldberg's soft heartedness is, however, pure sham. His outward charm and polite manner mask a sadistic nature. This cruelty is first revealed in his initial interrogation of Stanley. It is this disagreement between Goldberg's calm appearance and his vicious interior that makes him the more sinister of Pinter's two persecutors. Stanley- Religious Jewish man. Persuasive, powerful, - the knowing of his whole life and past but little about why he's here. Nostalgic. Nat Goldberg, in his fifties, is the older of the two strangers who come to interrogate and intimidate Stanley before taking him away.

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  3. Coal Mine

    "What can you tell me about the layout of the mine?" Pulling a map from his back pocket, Max began, "The mine has one main shaft with two shafts extending off to the left forming a giant backwards "F. We're going to have to figure out another way to get into the mine and fast. The carbon monoxide level is rising with every breath the miners take." I stared at the map for a couple of seconds when all of a sudden the low raspy voice of Billy Dean came up behind me and said, "We need to find out if there are any survivors, first.

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  4. Read Act 1 of Kindertransport page 3 to page 6 Discuss the effects of Samuelss imaginative use of dramatic techniques and stagecraft in this extract and in the play as a whole.

    This immediately suggests to the audience that secrets, memories and the past is hidden away, closed tight inside boxes. Yet also implies the vacillation later to be seen by Evelyn, as although the contents of the attic are hidden away, they are not quite yet disposed of. This perhaps foretells how indecisive Evelyn is throughout the course of the play. An example of this can be seen when she hesitates to destroy and dispose of her childhood possessions and identity papers, "papers that will stop them from sending me away".

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  5. Explore and Compare the constraints of socitey in madame bovary

    The Barricades was skilfully designed and built, coloured darkly, atmospherically setting the audience in the disposition of distress just as the characters were feeling which was well represented by the fractured climbing frame presumably built by scraps including steel and wood. Besides this there were more sets for different acts, much simpler designs making a statement about that part of the play, but the Barricades is one set that audiences will undoubtedly return to the theatre to watch repeatedly.

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  6. Free essay

    All That Jazz Workshop Diary

    Via the help of angels he then tries to get rid of the contract and buy back his soul, but unfortunately that proves to be a fruitless attempt and he eventually has his soul taken away by the devil. The performance of this piece was not only interesting and engaging to watch, but also allowed to pick up some tips for our own acting and learnt a little bit more about the Brechtian way to act. The Skills Used In the Performance As previously highlighted, the performance was of a Brechtian style.

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  7. Faustus Professional Analysis

    We then performed this at the end of the lesson fully. Because we focused on singing and dancing, I would say this was more of a musical theatre based lesson. What Health and Safety considerations did you make? Before we did the workshop I did a check on myself, to make sure I was holding any items that could become dangerous items. As a collective group we scanned the floor for bottle caps or something else just to make sure there was nothing that would harm anyone and make them fall over or something.

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  8. Symbolism in the Glass Menagerie

    Laura and Tom are dreamers, but they cannot act on their dreams and desires. Amanda lives in the past and is separated from her children by this. The family composes a collection of a strange mixture of personalities that cannot incorporate themselves into the world. For example, Tom describes Jim as his "best friend at the warehouse," but the audience later questions this, as he is unknowing of his friend's engagement. "Glass is something that you have to take good care of," and similarly a family must be taken care of to flourish. The members of the Wingfield family all strive for what they personally believe will be best for them or the family, without really understanding what that means.

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  9. Exploration Notes on Medea

    There are never more than two characters talking to each other at any time, with the chorus offering commentary. There are often long monologues contrasted with curt dialogue, showing a lack of communication between characters, especially Jason and Medea. The chorus speeches almost combine the two, being lengthy but with shorter lines than the monologues. Language As any version of the play we see is a translation from the original Greek, the language can vary from version to version. In the edition we have used, the language is often fragmented by punctuation, with short sentences.

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  10. Review of Live Theatre

    and a blue tea dress, was very visually effective and immediately after she entered the stage I as an audience member was aware the production was not of a naturalistic genre. Neilson wants us to find answers for questions we may not have thought about before, such as why do patients with mental illness often refuse to take their medication? This would increase our understanding of these conditions and the way they are handled. In order to do this effectively we needed to fall in love with Dissocia and its magic so we could sympathise with Lisa for not wanting to leave it.

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  11. Indicate how the influences and ideas of other playwrights and/or directors, designers and performers have been used.

    This helped us how to use the space effectively and use to our full advantage and still make the performance effective. The music within the musical 'Chicago' gave us ideas of what sort of music and themes to focus on and research, as we didn't want to use the exact same music as Chicago because the music is fairly popular and we didn't want the audience to compare our performance to Chicago, which is why we included a major twist within our story, so people wouldn't compare both performances.

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  12. Contextualising the play, 'Two'

    How a memory takes a role within a character and even so, his work still defies easy categorisation, it is not always essentially northern nor is it ever entirely realistic although it is sometimes domestic and universal. Cartwright's target audience at the time when he first wrote 'Two' was focused in the north of England. The characters within Two symbolised what life was actually like in the 1980's in the north of England. The different types of relationships were used so that the audience can really relate to their own lives with the lives of the characters within the play.

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  13. Form and Structure of 'Two'

    With characters interacting with each other and are doing a duologue you get to see what there relationship is really like even though the audience are only seeing a small glimpse of their life. For example Mr and Mrs Iger or Roy and Lesley. The sections build up anxiety, suspense or curiosity within the audience. The Rondo form of this play is 'A B A C D A'. After the first few scenes the audiences gets to grip with the sequence of the form of the play and the way it is progressing.

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  14. In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast Blue Remembered Hills and The Flint Street Nativity. I will write about the social context, themes, style of presentation and genre.

    The themes which are shown throughout blue remembered hills are childhood, status abuse and war. Childhood is shown through how the characters respond or react to act other. Status is used when the characters are arguing about who is going to be number two after Wallace Wilson. Although we don't see Wallace, the other characters make it certain the Wallace is known as the best and highest, therefore being number one. Child abuse is shown when Donald is abused by his mother, we don't see this but the other characters talk about Donald's misfortune.

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  15. Ejlert Lovborg and Hedda Gabler direction and casting

    Hedda would wear dark coloured satin dresses. She would speak with a slow pace and leave pauses, so as to keep the other characters waiting on her words. Her wit would be dry. The actor who would play Ejlert L�vborg would be 33 years old. He would be quite slim, with short dark hair, bright green eyes, and a short beard. He would be dressed in a dark, fitting, three piece suit, "quite new," with a matching top hat. He would be pale, with definitive cheekbones.

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  16. Dorian Gray - Explain In detail how the context influenced the choreography.

    and influence many people's life today and the desire and content need for drugs dominates and has become a major problem of 21st centaury life. Bourne chose realistic themes, situations and circumstances and uses his choreography to create a hard-hitting and dramatic performance, illustrating his theme through his narrative technique; we will use this technique throughout our choreographing process as the aim of our piece is to successfully demonstrate the theme of drugs to our audience. At the beginning of the performance Dorian has little importance, which is evident from the body language and movement Bourne has chosen for the

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  17. Free essay

    Lost and Found Orchestra

    The final thing I really enjoyed was the final sequence where it was orchestrated by a man and was done so realistically to an actual orchestra. I also liked the way he linked the audience into the performance making sound as if we where part of the performance. This I feel was one of the best pieces of the show which ended with the massive 'choir' on the top 'floor.' The piece itself is contemporary because the style of performance is new; they are trying out new things with a physical theatre edge.

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  18. Street Dance Evaluation

    I believe this is true because when I have to do the 'WOW' section of the dance I am aware of what is around me and what I am going which I believe is strength on my spatial awareness. I found a weakness although in my performance, the sections were me and jade are doing the box slide I nearly bump into Jade which was a accident on my behalf. From this weakness I must make this a target for the future that I must be aware the space around me and what is going on at the time of the performance or dance or any type of movement otherwise the performance will not work.

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  19. The importance of the social and historical context of Mother Courage and her Children

    In "Mother Courage" the characters that are higher class like the Chaplain are shown as slimy and pompous. Brecht created the Verfumdungseffekt or distancing effect. This was created to stop the audience getting emotionally involved in the play, instead they were supposed to think about the issues addressed in the play. Brecht did this so the audience didn't suspend their disbelief and would leave the theatre thinking about how they could apply the messages in the play to their own lives and not how upset they were when a character died.

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  20. Free essay

    How Does Wertenbaker use visual, aural and spatial elements to create such an effective and consciously theatrical play?

    The audience can see that their relationship is unstable. The way Wertenbaker positions her characters on the stage is important in communicating status and character such as in Act 1 scene 11 when Major Ross and Captain Campbell enter, the convicts "slink away and sink down." This shows that the convicts are afraid of the officers and they try and get as far away as possible from Robbie and become inconspicuous. The beginning scene has important use of positing, the convict are "huddled together in semi-darkness."

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  21. How does Brecht develop the plot of Mother Courage and Her Children to communicate character and their situation?

    This gives Eilif the chance to sneak off with the recruitment officer. Scene 2 is set in 1626 in Poland. Mother Courage is haggling with the general's cook over a small capon. She is offering an outrageously high price but the cook pays it as he needs the food. This shows that food is the currency of war and Mother Courage takes advantage of this so she can make a larger profit. Also in this scene Mother Courage hears her son Eilif being congratulated for killing some peasants and taking their cattle, however instead of praising him, Mother Courage slaps Eilif because he didn't run away when he was being attacked.

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  22. Crucible Language

    We become known to Miller's use of narration through the first couple of pages of the play where he does not cease to establish the setting of the first scene, specific words are used to make the setting clearer to the audience such as instead of simply describing a window to the left he writes' There is a narrow window to the left'. The history of Salem is also described within these pages to make sure that the reader has background knowledge of the plot and the events which lead up to them.

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  23. : As an actor explain how you would portray the relationship between Algernon and Jack.

    It is in the first scene that Algernon discovers that his friends name "isn't earnest, it's Jack". In the second scene Earnest proposes to Gwendolyn but gets refused by her mother and Algernon decides to go visit Jack in the country. I believe that too correctly portray the relationships between the two characters I need to show differences between; mood, tone, dress and personality. The first act, scene 1, opens with Algernon talking to his manservant in a very incoherent manor; I would portray Algernon as a man who is not very interested in anything but himself.

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  24. Interactions between the Characters, Algernon, Jack and Gwendolyn.

    Gwendolyn is very calm and collected in the Proposal scene where Jack is asking her hand in marriage, but on the other hand Jack is what some might call a nervous wreck and the reader gets the feeling that he might have a hart attack mid proposal, which is of course complete opposite to most upper-class Victorian proposals of the period. Gwendolyn knows of Jacks nerves and helps Jack get through this terrible ordeal buy accepting his proposal. Jack and Algernon are both incredibly cynical characters but by far Algernon is the more sardonic of the two.

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  25. The Balance of Power Between Hedda and Brack

    etc. She would stand tall with her head high, showing her stuck-up nature. I would also follow Ibsen's casting ideas for Brack: '...Brack is forty-five...' etc. He would be older than Hedda to show that he should be more powerful than her. He would also stand tall as Hedda does, and would speak loudly to ensure everyone in the room acknowledges his presence, showing he likes to have power. At the beginning of Act Two, Brack is in Hedda's back garden about to enter the house. This implies that the balance of power is equal as entering through the back shows the two are good friends.

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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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