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Road - play review.

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Introduction

Road Playwright: Jim Cartwright Director: Marcus Romer Company: Pilot theatre Company Date: 23rd January 2003 The set: The type of staging was a proscenium arch. It was set on a revolving stage where the characters pushed it round. It showed the never-ending circle of life of the characters and them not going anywhere. Quiet a simple set appearance towards the audience, but provides the sense of understanding, as the audience is able to work out which house belongs to who. The rotating stage is split into three sections each of which are basic rooms of a poor housed person. The set is already on stage so it dissembles the problem of carrying set on and off stage. The idea of the revolving stage was to show the changes throughout the play but without having to change the set and bring in new props. Use of projections: at the beginning and end of the performance projections were shone onto the cyclorama revealing the idea of a television programme and relating it too the audience as we are the television generation. ...read more.

Middle

The music was mainly played at the ending during the last scene. It showed the characters with a last bit of hope trying to grab the attention of the audience pleading for help. It also changed the audiences view on the characters situation. Music was rarely used apart from when the characters used a radio to put music on and the style of music normally suited the atmosphere of the piece. Costume: The costumes used were simple but also modern and in with the fashion to relate the play to the time that it is set in. Most of the costumes were dull colours reflecting the emotions of the characters and only two young girls differed from the rest showing that they were still quite naive of the situation and had hope for a good life. The women wore clothes that were tight fitting because this was all they had left to take pride in. ...read more.

Conclusion

This stopped the audience becoming to attached to one character. This is why scullery remained the same because he was the only character that the audience were intended to become attached to. The rotating stage helped keep the distance from the audience and characters because it revolved and made it as though time was moving on. Most characters at one point talked to a neighbour and friends because of the real life situation. Because of the constant changing of setting it kept the audience interested and on the edge of their seats with suspense. The meeting of characters drew the audience close to the characters but not too close. This meant that the audience were still able to understand what was going on. The overall idea of the play was that the audience were not meant to become attached to certain characters because they wanted to show all types of people who live down a street and the idea of a rotating stage helped to develop this idea by keeping the play moving. ...read more.

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