AS and A Level: Theatre Studies
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357 AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays
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Nora plays with Helmer, and behaves as a Victorian woman would, using feminine endings to words such as "sweetly" and at the beginning of Nora's conversation with Mrs. Linde, she is polite, and sympathises with her "No, it was bad of me Kristine. You poor woman, you've gone through so much." Ibsen uses commas and short sentences to break up the passage and emphasise that Nora is genuine, in contrast to her long, complex sentences when she talks only of herself "Kristine, do believe me, I meant so often to write to you then, but I kept putting it off and something always got in the way."
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As an actor using Stanislavski's system, how would you use his ideas on 'imagination', 'units and objectives' and 'emotion mem5 star(s)
The easier it is for the actor to use their 'imagination', the richer their characterizations will be when preparing for and acting a role. The 'imagination' should be focused and based on observations the actor has made so it will not wonder and become unrealistic. The 'imagination' fills in the blanks that the author has missed and so they need to be very precise and use their 'imagination' to provide extra detail to what has happened to the character not only on stage, but before and after as well.
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the complexities of Dr Ranks condition, however, I didn't really understand the under tones about the promiscuity with relation to Dr Ranks father, and as a result of my misunderstanding I do not feel that, that part of the scene was executed quite so well because I kind of brushed it off. After watching my performance I also realised that some sentences that I said were not said in the right tone that was fitting to the intensity of the scene I felt that I almost threw always some of my lines.
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His time in the Great War opened his eyes to chaos and instability, which paved for his theoretical theory. The manifesto for the "Theatre of Cruelty" and "Theatre and It's Double" set out his theory that the stage should voice the inner turbulence of the human spirit. Theatre should be a mirror of life but enhanced and taken to an extreme; there should be no limits in achieving an emotional response. The experience of theatre should, according to Artaud, include the audience as part of the experience and places an equal emphasis on all five human senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. The actor's body should be highly-trained in order to achieve a variety of positions with ease.
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The change of an irresponsible, silly 'child' of Act 1 to the unafected, stable character seated at the table with Helmer in Act 3 seemed unimaginable. The energy of the play lies in her self-discovery. She is a very affectionate person showing this by kissing Helmer affectionately and playing with her children (as clothing in ninteenth-century is extremely extravigant and restricting, this would suggest that Nora is quite athletic).
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Indicate how the influences and ideas of other playwrights and/or directors, designers and performers (i.e. practitioners) have been used.3 star(s)
So in the next scene we wanted to change that emotion, by letting them feel involved. Laura walked around the audience helplessly, and handing out leaflets to them. We used the theatre of cruelty again in the abuse scene. We wanted to intimidate the audience and make them feel trapped an insecure, and momentarily make them feel like that had done something wrong. We did this by shouting at them a scenario in which we believed they had done us wrong. The subject I used was cheating. I made the audience members I was abusing believe that they we're my partner and had cheated on me.
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Music was often played during chorus parts of the plays. There were three types of theatrical plays: Tragedy, Comedy and Satyr. Tragedy and comedy were seen as completely different genres. Tragedy is serious drama with unhappy events or a sad ending event causing great sadness. Comedy is a light amusing drama Satyr is where the plays dealt with the mythological subject in comic manner. Theatres then were the setting for plays written by poets such as Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes.
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Community Performance. The main aims of our piece was to educate the audience about the occupation and what everyday life was like for families, also to make our musical entertaining for all age groups in the general public,
The centre was relevant to our piece because it is located in St Helier this is where our final scene took place at Albert pier in St Helier. As a group we decided the best way to construct the different art forms incorporated with in a musical was in collaboration with us all being the composer, lyrist, chorographer and librettist, we believed this was the best way the tackle the art forms as we noticed the strong bounds the arts have with one another, for instance, the lyricist can not write a solo for a character if they are not familiar with the personality, wants and needs of the character.
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Samuel Becketts Endgame has several connections with Brechts meaning of alienation. Brecht alienation idea uses the audience to be a knowingly critical observer
In Endgame, Beckett uses the emotional distance with analyzing the characters. The analysis of the play reflects the breakdown of the characters' capability to see what is around them. He wants the audience to really understand the play for what it is worth. He wants you to watch and read the play a couple of times. Beckett wants his audience to understand that there is more to the story than what is being shown. The whole purpose of what he does is to have each character steer you away from the emotion and more on reality. With that, Beckett wanted the audience's conscious mind to explore character development, narrative, and psychology.
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Antigone. How would you want your audience to respond to the role of the messenger? Explain how you would perform the role in order to achieve your aims.
Here I would try to make it immediately obvious that the messenger thinks that he has the upper hand because he has information. As the messenger, I would enter proudly with my head held high and strong, knowing steps. I would have my mouth in a small smirk to show that the messenger is boasting about having the power, finally. This would mean that first of all the audience would not warm to me, due to my obvious power hunger and my arrogance.
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This also makes him very dependant on Verlaine especially seeing as without him, Rimbaud would have nowhere to live. This play covers a number of very powerful and fragile topics such as homosexuality, which during the late nineteenth century was not approved of, and abuse. Verlaine best depicts this as he is very abusive to his wife Mathilde even during her pregnancy, and has blatant homosexual feelings for Rimbaud. Rimbaud too is very abusive; in an act of rage and sexual frustration he stabs Verlaine in the hand.
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For our A2 devised practical performance, we decided to portray our own Creative Adaptation of Henry James The Turn of the Screw.
We each went home and researched different films, plays and novels which had a gothic theme running throughout them. For my research, I looked up many other adaptations of James' 'The Turn of the Screw'. I was particularly taken by Jack Clayton's portrayal in his film 'The Innocents'. I was influenced by his use of music and sound effects within the film, which I felt conjured the atmosphere presented in the novel perfectly, and it was then that I suggested we use one of the film's songs, 'Willow Waly' to help create our eerie atmosphere.
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Developmental Process. To explore the different aspects of city life, we all came up with various ideas which incorporated this stimulus provided for us. The ideas which each of us came up with were a fantasy situation, school life, the London undergroun
We decided to try this situation out along with the 'Alice in wonderland' theme in which a person falls down a manhole into another world and they'd go through a similar situation as Alice in which they encountered various representations of people or objects in their current life. The idea we came up with we all felt that the storyline would've worked and could've made an effective piece. However when it came to trying to piece it together we found that it was difficult to do so with the lack of people in our group and the limitations of theatre which we were faced with.
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Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov. Stanislavski's 'Magic If' as it pertains to the character Toozenbach - Chekhov's 3 Sisters
is Lvovich. He is an individual whom it is clear has had a relatively priveleged upbringing and life. At times he can appear to be a snob and at other times cynical and rather detached. He may appear to some to have the manner of a man who's pride has gone unchecked to some extent, although this is understandable given his upbringing and social class, as well as to a some degree something of a brooding temperament He is a young man, not yet thirty by his own account, who has quite an insightful and intuitive view of the future world, and remarks in act 2, "....But I believe life itself will remain the same; it will still be difficult and full of mystery and full of happiness.
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Audience Interaction. The Trial was performed by Splendid Theatre Company on Friday 19th November 2010. It is a dark novel written by Franz Kafka. Splendid adapted it into a play with a cast of three (one male and two females)
This helped to not only get the political message across, but to also put the audience in the tense and unknowing state that the main character Josef K was in. The first moment where I felt that the audience interaction was particularly effective was as soon as we entered the hall where the actors were performing. The actor Ben Hales was stood at a podium DSL holding a clipboard. He spoke softly and in a monotone voice with no emotion as he called out names from his clipboard.
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I am reciting a Monologue I wrote as Matilda at the end of the novel Mister Pip about her relationship between herself and her mother and Mr. Watts.
Things could have been different. My mother could have remained silent. My rape wouldn't have been a high price to save my mum's life. I would have survived it. So would my mum. I never understood my mum. I understood her hatred for Mr. Watts. But I realized soon after, that it was not Mr. Watts that she despised. What made her blood run was the white boy Pip who had placed himself in my life and she held Mr. Watts responsible for this. But then my mother was a moral person.
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Drama Reflection. Evaluation of the development and improvement of my skills including examples of their relevance to working practices.
With self confidence this has given me the ability to learn new skills quickly. However, I recognize my weaknesses which are; I am to easily distracted, I lack time management, and I am late and rush at the last minute, but without missing a deadline. I have noticed that Improvements' have been made throughout the lessons surfing across three topics and the consequences don't seem to bother me. This problem is solved and my skills are improving. After developing my strengths and over coming my weaknesses, I intend to work hard on group work and communication skills In dance lessons
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It needs long hours of study and intense concentration as well as discipline. I believe that one of the most important skills that an actor can obtain is to have a relationship or rapport with the other actors and the audience, and to make the audience believe that they are the character, if they can do that they have performed well. Obviously there are many other skills need to become a success in the industry, such as patience because often actor have to go sometime without work. Also perfecting vocals and movement is vital for a good performance, but not to over analyse the performance; as Michael Caine once said "less is more".
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What skills are required to become an actor? There are many necessary skills which are needed to become a 'successful' actor. These include: All these skills are key in becoming a professional actor and are significant when an individual wants to go out into the professional business. All these skills are vital when entering into a company and are what casting directors look for when casting actors. The environment in which a professional actor works is very intimate and especially during rehearsal periods it is vital that the employed actor shares an enthusiasm and maintains a level of commitment.
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"Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair?" (Act I Scene 3) The witches have perhaps voiced Macbeth's inner thoughts; this is the first sign of Macbeth's ambition, Malcolm being named heir to the throne also puts a big shock on Mabeth's face because now he has someone standing in between the throne and himself. Macbeth then announces his intention to return to the witches determined to learn the worst news by the worst means.
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This also helped to present to the audience the social status of Malvolio at this point in the play - as he is considered mad, he is imprisoned, and is lower in status than the other characters in the scene. The use of costume was also very strong within the production. In the opening shipwreck scene, Viola is seen to wear a long flowing gown of layered gauze-like materials, in pale blue and green colours. This was visually very successful at creating an appearance of the sea, as if she was drenched in water, whilst also emphasising her femininity with a boned corset.
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The real mother chose to instead give the whole baby to the other woman to prevent the baby's death, and it was in this manner revealed to Solomon that the true mother was she who wanted the baby to survive. It's also believed that the life of Azdak the drunken judge parallels the story of Christ, which is just one of the play's many subtle anti-religious connotations. Brecht's communist ideas landed him in trouble with a paranoid McCarthyist American government in 1947, when he was forced to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington.
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How would you want your audience to respond to the character of Katherina at the beginning of the play? Explain how you would perform the role in Act 1 scene 1.
In this scene it should seem as though she is seeking an argument with everyone on stage. Also I feel in this scene she is trying to put across that she won't conform to the ideals of the time and become someone's wife, instead she is trying to assert her independence. From line 46 Katherina should enter first from upstage left going across to downstage right, followed by the rest of the crowd. I would be scowling as I walked, heavily across the stage, possibly huffing at something that may have been said before I entered. Katherina should be stood separate from the group, more towards centre stage, but still to the right.
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Usually, street dances are based on a distinctive approaches or sensations that are portrayed through the dance, regularly tied to a particular music genre. As new dance moves progress based on this feel, the dance is under constant development, and if the feel starts to change it might give birth to a completely new dance form. Hip Hop dance styles are predominantly dance to hip hop music. It can consist of the many styles simple labeled as hip hop, old school hip hop (or hype), hip hop new style and free style.
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She attracts the attention of John Wisehammer, another convict, who we learn has a love for words. This leads them to exchange on the sound and meaning of the words which are poignantly linked to their situation. If I was to play the part of Mary Brenham in this named scene, my interpretation would need to take into account the historical, social and political context of 'Our Country's Good'. In historical terms I would need to remember that although this play deals with issues found in today's society, the actual text is set in 1787. Therefore, the way people would go about their daily lives would be very different to the present day.
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