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  1. The Good Person of Szechwan, extract pg 105-108: As a director, discuss how you would stage the extract in order to bring out your interpretation of it for an audience. Your answer should include justified suggestions for the direction of your cast, and for the design of the piece as appropriate to the style of the play.

    In order to achieve this, I would use the put the sofa from Shen Teh's shop, and have it lifted onto the counter, and then use the unit of shelving as a desk. This would be positioned with the Gods' backs to the stage right flat (rather than face on to the audience), in order to open up sight lines for when Shen Teh has to adress the Gods (however I would instruct certain parts of this to be directed to the audience anyway).

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  2. How would you want your audience to respond to the character of Mrs Betterton in Act Two, Scene Two? Explain how you would perform the role in order to achieve your aims.

    Betterton, she starts to go off topic ?There is scarcely a fellow that does not sport one. Bristly or fluffy. You cannot step out of doors nowadays but you see a periwig advancing towards you at great speed and in danger of toppling? again, the fact that she has deviated from the subject again means that she is worried about asking the question straight out. This again shows that she knows he is more powerful and could have anything done to her as a consequence. We assume that they are married, meaning they have a lose relationship.

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  3. Discuss how you would direct Mrs Betterton in 2 sections of the play, making it clear the effect you hope to have on your audience.

    She should be wringing her hands and not looking at anyone in particular as if she can?t face the fact that she is no longer a valued actress in this theatre. I would have all the actresses in a group talking as to show that Mrs Betterton is separate from them due to her age and superiority. ?Mr Betterton has talked to me? is another significant line on this page because throughout the play we never see Mr Betterton we just hear that he has been giving orders and that he runs the theatre.

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  4. Our Countries Good, performed in the Bolton Octagon in September 2012, used multirole throughout to fully allow us to see the performers wide range of skill .

    When adopting each role Ian Redford adopted entirely difference characteristics and mannerisms, completely separating the characters. The first character we met was Arscott in Act 1 Scene 1 on the ship. Ian Redford adopted a slumped positioning in the wooden hatch along with the other convicts expressing the cramped conditions of the ship. The wooden hatch was mid stage on a raised moveable platform. This multi-purposeful hatch was a used frequently throughout the play as a whole. Here it is used for the hulk of the ship used to transport the convicts. In 1789 Britain transported convicts to Australia, as the loss of the USA meant a loss of the place where they used to send most of its criminal classes and so they decided to send them to Australia for a sentence of seven years.

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  5. A Doll's house. How would you perform the role of Doctor Rank during his exchanges with Nora in act two in order to achieve your preferred audience resopnse(s) to the character?

    When Rank enters the scene Nora says "I recognised your ring" This implies to Dr Rank that he is special to Nora because she recognises his ring amongst anyone else's, she follows this with "Don't disturb Torvald he is busy" Torvald is most likely not busy Nora just wants Rank to sit and talk to her and keep her company because she enjoys his company. Nora's flirtatious ways leads Dr Rank to admit that he loves her, Nora didn't specifically plan for this to happen she wanted Rank to be in a good mood so that she could ask for some money but instead Rank is in a rubbish mood as he tells Nora he is going to die shortly.

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  6. Evaluation of the Performance of "Anne and Zef" by Ad de Bont

    The play offers emotions involving sadness, shock, humour, risk , freedom and love as we are taken through a love story which comes from the worst possible scenario. The set design offers compliments to the story itself by adding different dimensions of height and also so the audience can differentiate between reality and the dream world of heaven. The set design is minimalistic and offers new thought provoking ideas about the sub-text of the story. The set which was designed by Miriam Nabarro gave the audience clear understanding about Zef?s home-life and family situation.

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