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Woman In Black Notes

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Section B Notes General > Thursday 27th March > Main Aim/Intent : To shock + scare audience > Director - Robin Herford > Theatre: Fortune theatre (a modest west end theatre) - March 2008 - Has been showing at Fortune Theatre for 19 years. > Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt (playwright) from novel of same title (Susan Hill) > Seats - Upper Circle - Had restricted view of thrust. > Stage design - End-on + thrust at stage centre - used at moments: Danger + fear > Main plot: Contents of novel .........Sub Plot: Adaptations by Mallatrat > 2 Actors - Sean Baker (Arthur Kipps) + Ben Porter (Actor) > The opening scene is comical, contrasting with the next scene. Lighting > Kevin Sleep = lighting director > When re-enacting the Novel (yellow gel to look older and in past) + When in Theatre (Bright white gel) When it splits and has both happening at the same time (Red Gel filter on lantern - Can easily distinguish between 2 - used to show the fear and danger in the scene) ...read more.


Sound > Rod Mead - sound director > CRITICAL ELEMENT OF SUCCESS > Series of recorded sounds: - Blood-curdling screams - Effective- Sudden - Scare and shock audience - Horses pulling cart heard before scream - Audience learns to associate this with impending scream - Adds to suspense - They know "scare" approaching - Can't work out when � Still scares > Can legitimise statement of location: - Graveyard - Sound of ravens - Noise associated to haunting and a scary location � Realistic for audience � Tension > Build-up to scary moment - Rocking chair sound - Prepares audience for a scare - Don't know when/what going to happen � Builds atmosphere � Hugely effective > Reference to Mr Bruce - Imaginary sound technician - Directors intention of audience being aware of play within a play - Brechtian technique > The music box was a beautiful tune, yet because of its relationship with a sudden action that causes fear, it was the most feared sound of all, so when it is repeated, the audience immediately sense fear. ...read more.


Different coats and hats - Change from black suit - Scarf - Brown trench coat - Spotted slim tie - Brown + black hats > WIB - WIB face was hidden, meaning the audience can't see her and this creates fear. - Wearing a long black trench coat, to make as much of her black as possible. Acting > Convincing accents > Actor: - Voice - Fast, nervous, panicky, high pitched - Influences audience to be scared. - Facial gestures - Fear, wide eyes, mouth open - When looking into mist confused eyes. - Audience feels sorry for him when in house - His silent nerves (face stretched and frown) - Creates naturalism - Use of imagination - Dog/marsh scene - Bending down and arms open. - Convinced audience that he had become Arthur Kipps. - > Narrator/ Arthur Kipps: - Quick pace - Audience believed in him as different characters - Narrative - Slow walking - Changed accents e.g. to country accent - Changed movements for each diff character e.g. for old man walking slower, possible hobble. ...read more.

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