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  1. A critical analysis of Act 1 of 'The Three Sisters' by Anton Chekhov.

    achieved- he brought the realities of life to the stage, rather than the hyperbolic romances that had obsessed British and foreign Victorian theatre and literature. There is one death in the play, yet it is commented upon with little emotion or circumstance- in the works of Dickens, or Hardy, for example, much emotive language is used to convey the impact of the death, but this robs the reader of the chance to evaluate their personal response. Chekhov's refusal, rather than failure as it has been branded, to do this, allows for a much greater significance to be placed upon an

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  2. Konstantin Stanislavski (1863 - 1938)

    Stanislavski investigated and charted the acting process that good actors used intuitively. He systematized that process so that it could be studied and developed consciously. He was interested in how to maintain a consistent performance and how to be a conscious human being on stage. 2. List 3 significant points about Stanislavski's upbringing Stanislavski was born Konstantin Sergeyevich Alexeyev in Moscow on January 5, 1863, More than one hundred years prior, Konstantin's ancestor had broken the chains of serfdom that bound the family and gained immediate status and wealth as a merchant.

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  3. This essay will focus on the opening sequence of 'Save the Last Dance', the dramatic teen romance movie staring Julia Stiles as the main character, Sarah, and her estranged father played by Terry Kinney.

    she asks Sarah happily, she replies meaningfully, 'I used to'. This leads into the first flashback. The camera cuts from the train to Sarah dancing wearing a pink shirt, a metaphor for happiness, happy music is playing, as her mother enters the scene. Sarah's mother speaks in a comforting voice, and gives her the necklace. In this first flashback, Sarah, is looking back on happy times with her mother. The camera flashes forward to Sarah sitting on the train, touching her necklace lovingly in memory of her mother. Then quickly cuts to flashback two. In flashback two, Sarah is dressed all in black with pink dancing shoes on (bright happy colour, contrasts the black and other

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  4. 'Laundry Girls' by Bill Owen - drama coursework review.

    The story then unfolds that Alice's friend Beattie had history with this 'fella' and wound up pregnant. In the Victorian times it was heavily frowned upon to have a child out of wedlock. There are all different types of characters in 'Laundry Girls' in which I played Gert. From 'mad hyper girls' to' down to earth get stuck into it girls'. The girls live in any big city, i.e. London, they are ordinary working class girls, working in a typical Victorian woman's job. The relationship between the characters seems to switch between being friendly towards each other to having a go at each other for getting their wages cut.

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  5. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis - How does Nikos Kazantzakis portray Zorba as personifying the Dionysiac character and the Epicurean philosophy of life?

    Epicureans lived in the 'now' and refused to dwell on the past and the future. Zorba follows a Dionysiac and Epicurean life philosophy. An example of this is Zorba's love of music - music is an example of appreciating and participating in the world in a way that brings pleasure to oneself and to others. When Zorba plays his santuri or dances, he expresses his emotions and ideas in an unrestrained Dionysiac style. Nietzsche wrote that the "chasm of oblivion separates the world of everyday reality and of Dionysian reality" (Birth of Tragedy 7).

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  6. For Love Of Dance.

    Linda was Lucy's best friend and only friend. Linda was a loner as well, but she did not share Lucy's love for ballet. Linda though of ballet as a waste of time just like everyone ells. ''Come on Lucy!' she would yell. 'There are better things to do on Friday nits then stupid ballet! I don't understand why you like it so much.'' Linda was the type that tried very desperately to fit in. She was Lucy's friend but at times seemed like she would rather to play with the popular kinds.

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  7. The Imaginary Invalid.

    He changed his name to Moli�re during this time and also began to write short plays. The programme states that Moli�re's "plays range from simple farce to sophisticated comedy. They ridicule the weakness and foolish actions of the people of his time, and point to their false values." Though now, in the year 2002, most theatre considered contemporary during Moli�re's time is an anachronism, his plays continue to pick at and ridicule human nature and behaviour. That is why he deserves to be called one of the world's greatest writers of comedies. Close to the end of his life, one of Moli�re's enemies lampooned him, and accused him of being a hypochondriac.

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  8. Is Professional Wrestling a Form of Modern Day Theatre?

    To try and explain the notion of sports-entertainment to critics is not easy. It can be said that there is nothing like it in American culture that has had such an impact across the world. People watch it for different reasons, some enjoy the athleticism, some enjoy the humour and some simply enjoy being an active participant in a fun and exciting community. The wins maybe predetermined, the moves are choreographed, but the result of the violence is very real.

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  9. Theatre of the Oppressed Theorised: Who, How, and What Comprises Forum Theatre's capacity to liberate?

    This presentation of techniques mimics Boal's categorical style of recording, as seen in his book 'Games for Actors and Non Actors'. Throughout the chapter I refer to various activities in the workshop to realise and illustrate my theoretical propositions. Image of the word: illustrating a subject with the body The model The model can be developed in one of two ways. First Method: Actors form a circle around one central character and with particular attention to details they mirror the actor's every change of expression and movement; they experiment with tempo, pace and sound.

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  10. Drama Essay - Delilah's tale.

    The outcome of these sources was a piece of improvisational drama we called "Delilah's tale". Our tale mainly consisted of three main characters Delilah a young na�ve girl with a pushy mother transforming into a jealous, unstable woman when she chooses the wrong paths in life. This character inspired by Ruth Ellis as she sadly suffers with domestic violence in her home, consequently making her murder the man who inflicts this pain on to her. We chose to develop this character into a murderer as we felt it emphasized to the audience how people's personalities can evolve when deplorable things happen to them.

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  11. Hidden Exposure - Working Diary.

    It is an interesting subject with much scope for contact improvisation, or non-contact, as the sufferers would prefer. The stimulus for the dance, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is a condition that affects approximately 2.5% of the UK population. More common in females than males, the sufferer has an irresistible impulse to perform relatively meaningless acts repeatedly and in a specific manner. Compulsive persons do not enjoy their ritualistic behaviour and view the activity as foreign to their personality. They are unaware of the absurdity of their behaviour and yet are unable to stop it.

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  12. Evaluation on Sunk to the bottom by Sophie Ward.

    This also happened because some of the actors did not speak loud and clear enough, and so if the play were to be repeated I would suggest that they developed their characters more and spoke with loud and clear voices, by doing this they would make it easier for us to understand what is going on in the play. On the other hand the principal characters, the boy and the girl and the angel had great gestures and expressed themselves appropriately to transmit emotions to the audience.

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  13. Units and Objectives, the Superobjective and Throughline are some of the most important elements of Stanislavki's System. As a director how would you apply them to a role to shape and improve an actor's performance.

    For example in Unit One, the title would be "Miss Moffat tells Morgan her news that he is going to Oxford". From this title she can derive an objective "I want to tell Morgan the exciting news that he is going to Oxford". The word exciting shows that she must act excitedly, but from previous knowledge of the character, she is a very reserved person, and so her happiness

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  14. "How Does The 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' Fit Into Brecht's Idea Of 'Epic Theatre'?"

    Other plays may just be acted to entertain an audience. In epic theatre the moral revolves around the play while on the other hand in natural theatre, the characters revolve around the play and the audience feel the characters' emotions and feelings. The characters in other plays will be realistic, but in "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" the characters are unrealistic but the have to pretend to be realistic, the characters have no emotions, the emotions are shown through the singer.

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  15. Skill Development in acting

    Other characters prefer to improvise their lines which has caused some problems but generally we have been able to sort these out making it as easy for each person as possible. Dance was something people in my group thought would be a good way to build tension and be good for the final scene. This was a big weakness for me and I am not good with rhythm and made it more difficult for me too pick up the steps and movement.

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  16. Greek Theatre - History of Drama.

    He also told some of the very famous stories of that time such as Illiod. Homer also spoke about Mortal Heros, which then became some of the characters of these performances. The first ever theatre performances were done in Greece carried out by priests. These performances were religious. They started of by performing in the mountains as it helped them to project their voices to a longer distance with as the sound in the mountains echoed. All of these performances were based on Greek Gods.

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  17. What skills did Stanislavski think a successful actor needed?

    Every invention of the actor's imagination must be thoroughly worked out and solidly built on a basis of facts. It must be able to answer all the questions of how, who, why and when. No person on the stage can be convincing without this skill. An actor, when beginning a role, must be able to ask himself how he would act in the situation given by the playwright. This is Stanislavski's "Magic If," or the 'Given Circumstances.' The given circumstances are everything the actor knows about his character and his character's relationships to others on the stage.

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  18. The Development Phase - Throughout our lessons we had been producing a story about a third world village.

    They have no idea why the doctor wants the healthiest member. When a family member was chosen a young boy travelled to England on his own. This would have been very hard for him because he has probably never been apart from his family. This story is very naturalistic because it could happen in real life. When the doctor arrived in the village the villagers were huddled around in a semi circle, not really knowing what to think of the strange woman.

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  19. Live Theatre Review - The actors and director of The "Woman In Black" had complete power and control over the audience's reactions and emotions.

    I thought that the first half of the play was quite slow, tedious, and we weren't drawn in so there wasn't any control over us whilst watching it. However, when the play reached the second half the pace started to pick up, and tension was created, which drew us in and gave the actors control over our reactions. It was remarkable how far people in the audience were willing to go with their imaginations. They seemed to be really involved with the performance; I think that to a certain extent we all were.

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  20. Why was Elizabethan theatre so successful?

    The nobles often patronised companies to prevent them from being prosecuted for being vagabonds. One example of this is that Lord Hunsdon, the Lord Chamberlain, gave money to a group of actors and even let them call themselves "The Lord Chamberlain's Men". This meant that people would follow the example of their Lords and go to the theatre. Another reason that nobles supported the theatre was that it prevented the lower classes from causing trouble because it took their minds off the problems of their lives, such as poverty and unemployment.

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  21. Stanislavski and the Stanislavski System of Method Acting.

    Before the system, method acting was a talent mastered by only a few individual actors and actresses. Stanislavski was able to identify and describe what these actors did naturally and intuitively. From his observations, he compiled his series of principles and techniques for portraying believable characters. An early observation was the fluid movement of great actors; they were always in a state of complete freedom and relaxation when they performed, letting the behavior of the character come through effortlessly. Stanislavski deduced that unwanted tension should be eliminated from a good performance, and that the performer should at all times attain a state of physical and vocal relaxation.

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  22. Franz Kafka was born in Prague on July 3rd 1883, a German-speaking Jew.

    In literary technique, his work has the qualities both of expressionism and of surrealism. Kafka's lucid style, blending reality with fantasy and tinged with ironic humour, contributes to the nightmarish, claustrophobic effect of his work. Like in his famous long short story "Metamorphosis" where Gregor Samsa, a hardworking insurance agent, awakens to find that he has turned into an enormous insect. Rejected by his family, he is left to die alone. Simulating the situation in his own home, it seems that Kafka based Gregor around himself. Mr. Samsa also seems to be represented as Hermann Kafka, Franz's own dominating father.

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  23. Company Law.

    than would reasonably be expected from a person of his knowledge and experience; A director is not bound to give continuous attention to the affairs of the company; Where duties are such that can be properly left to another person, a director is justified in doing so. As summarised in Re City Equitable Fire Insurance, director's duties of care and skill do not appear very onerous. A rather different interpretation of the issue can be found in Dorchester Finance Co Ltd v Stebbing [1989] BCLC 498.

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  24. The Theatre Royal, Bath.

    During 1700 - 1900 many changes were made to the Theatre Royal. The main and most obvious change was the change to the site. It wasn't always called the Theatre Royal when the first real theatre in Bath was built by George Trimm in 1705. It cost �30 000 and approximately �13 000 - was met by subscriptions from titled devotees of theatre, It was however, a small and inadequate building and because of this thirty years later, 1738 the theatre was demolished, to make room for the Mineral Water Hospital. A few plays were perfomed, during this time, at Simpson's Rooms.

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  25. The north American Indians.

    Natural plateaus would be a prime place to settle to help in defence from other tribes not connected to yours. Bison Hunt This was to produce large quantities of meat, after the introduction of the native horse hunting became an easier way of life and the bison jump was now only for fun. Pre Horse- Post horse Time and energy that is wasted stalking and running after pray can be better-spent teaching children, or helping around the camp generally. The numbers of Bison changed dramatically after the introduction of the horse.

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