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  1. Shirley Valentine Contexualising the play

    Liverpool is exceeding to be the capital of culture of England, this is an insinuation that though Shirley has moved from the land she was born to, and developed into a different person, the land which she has escaped from has developed without her. However as we crossed The Mersey, it made me realize that as we moved away from one side of The Mersey by ferry, we went past different stages, through different stops, and it made me realise that to Shirley her journey of re self discover also had different stages, it began in her home with Joe

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  2. Shirley Valentine Subplot

    'Jesus if I go to the bathroom for 5 minutes he thinks I've been hijacked'. Wine by the sea buy one get one free Joe says wine is a 'posh way to get pissed' whereas Shirley ventures to the culture of the substance and dreams of drinking wine in the 'land where the grape is grown'. We perceive the absence of culture and interest in Joe through his detestation of travelling. He gets jetlagged travelling to the Isle of Man. It's 'logical' that she should go to Greece if she wants to, but marriage and logic don't seem to go hand in hand.

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  3. Shirley valentine use of language

    We experimented with different accents for the lines as they were written, only adjusting the accents and leaving the dialect to remain, instead of scouse we attempted a NYC Italian mafia style accent and tone with the line 'y'did what? What did y'do? Y'gave it to the dog?' we found that this completely converts the text from one era to another, through just listening to the words, without adding actions, the images conjured up are entirely varied with the two accents.

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  4. women weekly

    Like cover models today she would have been someone that you would aspire to be or look like. "Editorial decisions concerning the positioning of the magazine in the market-place are a key influence on the portrayal of women on the cover." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cover_girl). The use of the 'Hat in Crochet' brings a social appeal to the magazine, as it would be attainable for women who had learnt crochet through the war. The magazine cover attracts lower class women even though the target audience is more middle class.

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  5. Drama and Theatre studies - practical- coursework

    When each woman says their word (or sound) it goes around again from the beginning and they kept repeating it over and over and faster each time that it started to make a beat and that's when the song started. This influenced us into doing many things for our play such as having an unrealistic scene where we could have music and dancing and also if we had the female characters that have had the injustice done to them if they each had one word to describe them and then like in Chicago have them repeat it in a climax of a scene.

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  6. AS Theatre Studies Yerma

    In Act 1 Scene 1, Juan has an exchange with his wife. As an actor, I would march onto the stage with a brisk and confident air because this would suit the crisp tone with which I will deliver the line "Have the oxen gone by?" As a performer, I would turn away abruptly as well as dismissively as this would give the impression that Juan finds his wife's childlike behaviour unsettling. I want to give Juan the mannerism of running his fingers through his hair because this would show his frustration in an unconscious way to the audience.

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  7. Comedy Essay

    Id is witnessed through both Ferris Bueller and The Gold Rush. In Bueller, it is obvious that Ferris utilizes his individual desire to take the day off because he does it just for himself. In addition, the one reason that Ferris would like Cameron to tag along is so he could use the father's Ferrari. In The Gold Rush, selfishness is also perceived because all the gold miners, including the Little Tramp, travel to Alaska to get gold for themselves not for anyone else. Ego, the balance of Id and Superego, is in both films as well.

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  8. Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring Analysis

    In this surrounding, there are blacks, grays, and reds all portraying evil and immoral actions. Frodo and Co. then shift into another untainted ethical spot called Rivendell, where the elves reside. To show the wholesomeness of the elves the colors are mostly whites and yellows. As a final point, the viewers observe the Caves of Moria where the dwarves reside or else used to. In this setting all, the colors are dull and black showing how the place is lifeless except for an evil creature that is. Close up A Close Up, for all who are not acquainted with this term, is a type of shot that only shows the head and upper body.

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  9. metamorphosis

    Kafka showed a positive attitude at first, dedicating much of his free time to the business. This is just like Gregor as he spent all his free time studding on the job and put a lot of hard work and good effort into the job. Kafka was supported by his family but mostly by his younger sister Ottla. This links to Gregor and his sister Greta and that he was treated like Gregor within the sister relationship. Steven Berkoff is an English actor, writer and director. He is patron of the nightingale theatre in Brighton. He trained to be an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy in London and latter in Paris.

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  10. Two by Jim Cartwright Notes

    The landlord uses direct audience address in performing his monolog which tells the background of their relationship and how he sees the pub. He uses lots of imagery and personification throughout the monolog. The Old Woman character also uses direct audience address, she tells us about her day to day life and how she loves her husband. Slowly through her performance we see deeper into her character and the darker side to their relationship between her and her husband. Moth opens his monolog by chatting up someone in the audience; he straight away changes the pace of the play and is focused on him.

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  11. Personal statement

    This drive to understand unequivocally is fuelled by my desire for knowledge. A novel I have read recently, "Freakonomics by Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner", is about the versatility of data, how data can be used to solve complex problems and how data can provoke insightful questions. I remember one night thinking how some lawyers earn a lot of money while others have an average salary, instantly a torrent of ideas washed over me, I realised that this discrepancy in wages is proof that the criminal justice system is unfair and biased towards those who can afford a superior lawyer.

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  12. Assess the extent to which features of the Balinese Theatre have become an integral part of current Western theatrical practice

    In contrast to this, in the third scene the mystery about the treasure returns as does a fear of a curse. Following this scene, music was used to accumulate tension so that it would be able to climax and thus make the audience's emotion, much more powerful. In this piece it was not only used to create and relieve tension, but also to create a sense of mystery (during the first scene) about the treasure and it planted a suspicious thought in the minds of the audience which definitely helped them engage with the piece.

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  13. Analysis of Use of Language in 'The Crucible'

    The dialogue stays at a steadier pace until more characters emerge and the script becomes much more frantic. When a new character is introduced the audience is mostly notified on who they are and their purpose through the words of other characters for example as Giles Corey enters the Proctor household John exclaims 'Giles! What is the matter?' This immediately notifies the audience on Giles's entry. To make the conversation more realistic Miller sometimes cuts of the ends of some characters sentences; 'PROCTER Now look you- ELIZABETH I see what I see, John.' This effect not only adds emotion to the dialogue but also makes the dialogue even more believable.

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  14. Analysis of Context in 'The Crucible'

    Miller himself was eventually brought before the court and forced to confess to doubting the state. Miller found all these events very much related to the witch trials in Salem two centuries before hand, and decided this would be the basis to the storyline of The Crucible. Salem in 1692 is portrayed to be a bitter place. A place of old grudges between neighbours and untold secrets. Weather this is historically correct is another matter, but the information that Miller gathered when researching the witch trials in 1692 certainly suggests this. Salem is a small town in Massachusetts and records suggest that at a point in that year some girls fell ill.

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  15. Analysis of Visual, Aural and Spatial Elements in 'The Crucible'

    In the crucible Arthur Miller makes very little reference towards costume and how characters are visually presented. This could be because he did not want the characters emotion and characteristics to be given away by what they wear. One of the few examples of reference to clothing could be, ' Arthur Miller describes the settings of each act and place quite thoroughly this is helpful for the actors when acting it out, throughout the whole of the first act Miller refers to the setting; where the objects are, and the use for them.

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  16. A2 theatre studies portfolio

    This was a highly Brechtian technique. He wanted his plays to alienate the audience and be a bit strange. The audience know it is not real life, and Brecht wanted them to about why the scenes were happening rather than what was happening; he wanted them to look further than the aesthetic value of it all. As a result of this, we decided to use various Brechtian techniques such as Gestus, song and dance, Verfremdungseffekt, breaking down the fourth wall, direct audience address, thematic representation instead of character representation and so on, so that the audience would question the scenes

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  17. Drama and Theatre Studies DR4 Process Journal

    I requested to play the character of Kate because her sexuality and attraction to Caroline would create powerful moments of dramatic tension, and having to express sexual attraction towards another character was a challenge we had not attempted in any performances our group had undertaken before. When first pondering a plot for our devised piece, the first decision we made was to base our scene in a surreal, abstract setting. We also knew we wanted our characters to be confused as to their whereabouts, and decided that in the end one should have a moment of realisation, while the other remains trapped and lost.

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  18. In what ways were acting techniques or design elements and drama forms used to achieve the intended effects?

    In the latter version of this scene, there is a very real sense of poignancy together with reluctant acceptance when both characters truly open their eyes to the reality of their situation. Our costume consisted of pieces of clothing that didn't go together. Colours that clashed and styles that were contrasting all emphasised the idea that love doesn't always fit. Clothing was one example of something in society that had to be 'perfect', and had to match. By having a costume that didn't conform to this idea, we were showing that it's not the end of the world if things don't work out.

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  19. A Doll's House - Form, structure, and social and historical context

    Norway, in the 1840s, had finally gained independence from being ruled by Denmark, and Ibsen relished this freedom. Liberation became a key feature of A Doll's House, as Ibsen wanted it to remain important, and he disapproved of the idea that people could be forgetting Norway's struggle for freedom. The country's increasing prosperity made the people living there much more financially comfortable. Middle-class individuals conformed to what society required, and Ibsen felt that the freedom he had longed for did not exist. Materialistic lifestyles were very popular, not dissimilar to the Helmers'. Ibsen's dislike of this way of living was perhaps the reason that Ibsen made Nora eventually resent the lifestyle, and leave her 'doll's house' protective surroundings, away from stability, relationships and money.

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  20. How did your role emerge, how was it communicated, and in what ways was the stimulus material developed through the drama process?

    I saw Helena as someone with very low self-esteem, and particularly selfish at times. She will give anything to be with Demetrius, even betraying her best friend: "I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight", and there is a sense of real desperation. I portrayed this physically by even grabbing hold of Dan, who played Demetrius, on the line "I will fawn on you". When he then pushes me away, I wanted to make Helena look surprised, to emphasise her naivety. I rarely made eye contact with the Dan, to portray a sense of low self-worth, "Unworthy as I am to follow you" which was an evident contrast to Dan's staring, intimidating body language and eye contact.

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  21. Explain how research material was gathered and used within the process, and evaluate the ways in which ideas were communicated to the audience

    They fail to see that this is exactly what he wants, and characters such as Mrs Boyle try to convince him otherwise "You'll be surprised how many things you will be able to do with training and a little patience". She is the personification of denial, and her patronising attitude only hinders her cause: Ken I am not human, and I'm even more convinced of that by your visit than I was before, so how does that grab you? The very exercise of your so-called professionalism makes me want to die.

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  22. Trojan Women - Explain how you would use voice to highlight Hecuba's characteristics, give an account of how you intend to use the chorus during her speech and describe how you would use movement to emphasise the emotional journey of Hecuba throughout the

    This would show the power of Hecuba's character, and give the impression of someone very passionate and strong. I see a definite importance in considering Euripides' concept for The Trojan Women (his abhorrence of the futility of war), as it is present in 21st century society with the current suicide bombings and wars originating from a single argument. Emphasising Hecuba's fragility here would show the destructive nature of war, and its lack of achievement. Similarly, showing a resilience to war also highlights the futility, as it cannot ultimately destroy the spirit and community of something so strong. Either way, Hecuba is a classic example of the counter-productiveness of war, which is still so relevant to modern audiences.

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  23. How did rehearsals and the production process contribute to the final performance?

    Outside of group rehearsal time, we continued to research ideas as individuals, which often had a very positive effect. Having just two members in a more relaxed environment talking about certain scenes meant far higher levels of concentration and ensured the other person was always listening. If there was a time where the group grew frustrated at a lack of progress, or at a lack of inspiration, working individually often helped. We would come to the next rehearsal with more ideas which we would then explain to the group, therefore making better use of rehearsal time. Ele, Sam, Nicole and I noticed a connection between some poetry by William Blake we were studying in English Literature, and so talked

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  24. Explore the impact of social, cultural and or/historical conditions on the work and indicate how the influences and ideas of other playwrights and/or directors, designers and performers (i.e. practitioners) have been used.

    Similarly, when we explored Taming of the Shrew shows the submission of women, something we would abhor today. John Fletcher's 'The Tamer Tamed' shows a contrasting scenario where Petruchio becomes dominated by his new wife, Maria. This is evidence of the changing attitudes within Jacobean society, written twenty years after Shakespeare's play. We originally used ideas from both within our piece, yet decided to cut Fletcher's play because we felt it concentrated more on women's rights than on 'open eyes'.

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  25. A Doll's House - Plot and Subplot

    Nora also claims she received the money from her dying father before further inquiring about Mrs Linde's life. Nora assumes she must feel relieved not having any responsibilities, yet Mrs Linde maintains it is the opposite "Empty. I cannot tell you how empty". She mentions how she wishes she had a job, and tells Nora that she was only excited about Torvald's new position at the bank because it may benefit her. Nora immediately realises that Mrs Linde wants Torvald to get her a job at the bank, and assures her that she will do so.

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