• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Women In Black By Susan Hill.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Women In Black By Susan Hill This great novel by Susan hill has been cleverly adapted for theatre production. By creating the play into a play itself, less actors, props and scenery are needed. My first reaction when I saw the scenery and the theatre itself was initially one of distaste as the theatre was shabby and old. But as the play progressed I realised that this all in a way added to the effect and the ambiance of the theatre. Before you even sat down everything created an atmosphere. From the small discrete bar to the lighting, if you looked for small things you could find them. In the bar, there were oil style lamps with flickering orange candle effect bulbs. And when actually seated in the theatre, blue flickering bulbs were used to create a ghostly effect. There must have been only 80 seats down on the bottom floor, but with the balcony looming overhead, this made the performance more personal. The stage itself was small and low budget. It consisted of a large wicker basket, used many times as a desk, pony and trap, bed, bureau and others. ...read more.

Middle

The plot in short (very short) is the tale of a man by the name of Mr. Arthur Kipps. In the play he seeks help and guidance from an actor to help him with public speaking. He hopes that if he can tell his story to his family that the haunting will be out of his life and that it will bother him no more. Mr. Kipps was a lawyer when it happened and he was to travel to a Mrs. Drablows house the find the last will and testament. But when he arrives at the house he finds that nothing is as it seems and there is something very untoward about it. During the story he is regularly haunted and visited. And the phantom ' The Women In Black ' appears on the set to haunt them. The woman in black was created brilliantly. She wore black draping clothes and a bonnet concealing a large proportion of her face. The rest of her face is a waning withering scarred face (the waning Due to rapid loss of weight on Mrs. ...read more.

Conclusion

When the women in black was due to appear (this became obvious with time). I was constantly looking down the isles in the wings and any others places I could find to catch a glimpse of the women in black prior to her arrival. But it was so difficult each time she came up a different route and there were a great deal of places to appear from. I think one the most spine chilling moment was a slow accent up the stairs made very coolly and calmly to the second floor. When she then reached the floor she slowly turned to face the audience and her face lit up. I really have to take my hat off to the actors they choreographed the play so well. A point when the actors were particularly skilled at this. Was when the woman in black appeared behind Mr. Kipps and Mr. Kipps facing forward at the time scanned around the room with the torch and then eventually the torch settled just above his right shoulder on the face of the women in black. Truly pant wetting. The play was a pleasure to watch and was by far the most effective use of drama I have seen in the theatre. Sam Ashley ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Theatre Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays

  1. Tension Portfolio - the seven levels of tension.

    Mo: Just shows my sensitive side! Coral: I bet it does! Mo: I was thinking can I call you sometime? Coral: Sure, here is my number. Mo: Lovely, I call you sometime! My group scene, Old Age Me, Nick, Nathan & Jenna In our scene we acted out old age.

  2. The play I will be reviewing is called the Woman in Black, adapted by ...

    At the start of the play the actor starts in the audience, I believe this is effective for audience members at the same level as him, but people in the upper circle were unable to see who was speaking for quite some time before he reached the stage.

  1. The Woman in black - The Fortune theatre, London.

    The woman in black killed Jerome's child and when the actor asks who the woman with the wasted face is, Jerome won't look. The actor then asks Jerome if he could find him someone to help with the paperwork at Alice Drablows house, Jerome says 'you will find no-one suitable' shudders and walks away.

  2. AS Theatre Studies Portfolio

    Our pre-built relationships helped us work faster and be economical in who to ask to do what contribution wise. As time progressed we became aware of our problems and counteracted by reminding each other that the exam date was getting closer and closer.

  1. Drama and Theatre Studies structured records

    Two of the four fantasy scenes required only two characters, therefore allowing the two remaining members to direct. This particularly put pressure on the team and initially certain members of the group did not respond well to being directed, however, we had to be flexible whilst blocking a scene and be open to criticism and changes.

  2. Having read Susan Hill's novel 'The Woman in Black' as well as studied Stephen ...

    Every ghost story has to have a ghost! The ghosts though are often very confusing. You have to look outside the box to understand what the ghost is all about. They can sometime be invisible but one can sense and feel it. In other circumstances then can appear as if they are living like in the recent film

  1. Mitford: The Curtain is Pulled.

    By explaining what she has previously talked about indicates that she knows what a trocar is. Continuing on she explains what the trocar is used for, thus making us believe she also knows what it is used for. Also, she goes into great detail letting us know things that we

  2. Character played by the real Mr Kipps

    He struggled to keep his arms and neck held high, this illustrated his age very effectively.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work