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AS and A Level: Plays
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As a designer, how would you use set, lighting, and sound effects to enhance the dramatic effectiveness of the section of the play that starts with Tiresias being led on and ends with Creons hasty exit to release Antigone?
I would symbolise Creon?s hubris shown several times through the play ?Am I expected to listen and take lessons at my age from a mere boy.? I would show this arrogance and self-pride through the opulence and grandeur of the room, using lots of coloured elements of gold to show wealth, and Greek podium to show the importance of the building and the stone would show historical Greek architecture. I would use red silky drapes over a podium for Creon, which would connote authority and war, it is also and expensive colour and material to show Creon is superficial and like to assert his power not only verbally but aesthetically.
- Word count: 914
How do one or more of the performers in Othello use their skills to create sympathy within the audience?
By talking slowly and leaving pauses between significant words and lines, it wrongly convinces the audience that the chatacter is initially calm and not impulsive, and thinks about what he is doing and saying, showing he is a clever, good man that Othello is not appreciating, yet however we do, through this intimate one to one insight into Iagos thoughts. In this scene Iago also uses physical skill to urge the audience to sympathise with him. His facial expression is ever changing to correlate with his words.
- Word count: 972
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, Act One, Scene One, I played the Leading Actor and we focused on Contexts
in anticipation of the advent of the Producer being ?here in a moment to rehearse.? The audience would consequently understand that, with the entrance of me, the Other Actors and then shortly after the Producer, what they saw before hand was not per se a performance; but instead an illusion of one. Fourth Performance: ?Miss Julie? by august Strindberg, Scene 1. I played ?Jean? and we focused on contexts ? Social, Cultural, Historical and Political ? and Practitioner Contexts Written in 1888 and first produced in Denmark in 1889, the play?s setting is within the kitchen of a count?s Swedish County Manor.
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