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

A discussion of a performance of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream,' Act 3 Scene 2.

Extracts from this document...


A discussion of a performance of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream,' Act 3 Scene 2. Imagine you are directing the lovers' quarrel in act 3 scene 2. Your directions must include a detailed commentary on the following: - > Characters. > Pace. > Language. > Movement & use of stage. > Mood/ Atmosphere. This is to be written after the first performance in the form of a newspaper article. It can be set in either modern-day, or Elizabethan times. Include: - > A flavour of the appropriate time. > Comments on the fact that the queen was at this performance. > Comments on what the set looked like. > Favourite Scene. > Pick actors and & compliment/ comment on their performance. > Audience Reaction The curtains open with a big shell-like structure, covered in leaves and ivy, to give a platform to be used by the fairies. This platform can mechanically move up and down and can leave the set, for the parts of the scene that are only featuring the humans. There is subtle lighting, with blue, pink and purple shades, dimly lighting the stage and big trees painted on the backdrop, and fake trees on the stage. The performance starts with Oberon on top of the platform, the platform is slowly moving down, into view, from above the stage. ...read more.


...Swifter than arrows from the tartar's bow." Puck leaps from the platform and 'flies' off of the right hand side of the stage, leaving Oberon by himself on the platform. After a while Oberon pulls a purple flower head from the front of the platform and keeps it in his hand, then he too flies from the stage, and lands next to Demetrius, who is laid asleep on the floor. " Flower of this purple dye, Hit with cupid's archery, Sink in apple of his eye." As soon as Oberon has said the last sentence, the lights go off, Demetrius is taken from the stage (out of sight) and a giant eye is lowered down to hang just in front of the backdrop. This represents Demetrius' eye, which Oberon will pour the love juice in. While the lights are down, the small flower that Oberon is holding grows to the size of his fist, and this is used to juice the eye. The lights come back on and you see Oberon in the bottom right of the stage ready to throw the flower. Oberon says the few final words in his script and then throws the flower at the eye. At this point strobe lights are turned on, and loud crashes of thunder sound, this give the effect that something major has just happened. ...read more.


The lights dim on the group, whilst they are on the last line of theirs, and the lights brightens on the platform. "Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook ... ... As this their jangling I esteem a sport" While Oberon stays on the platform throughout the scene, Puck fly's on and off the platform, to again take away the boringness of just standing. Lysander enters, looking for Demetrius. "Where art thou, proud Demetrius?" Lysander then storms off into the woods, still looking for Demetrius. Unknown to Lysander, Demetrius is also looking for him, and they finally bump into each other while on the stage. To add a bit of weariness and to show the woods are frightening to the scene, Lysander walks backwards from offstage to the centre of the stage, so too does Demetrius, but from the other side of the stage. The two finally meet in the middle and bump into each other, jumping after the fright. "Nay then, thou mock'st me!" Helena and Hermia then enter to find Lysander and Demetrius arguing, Puck is still on set, along with Oberon, on top of the platform. The light fades on the group and Oberon, just leaving a light on Puck, dangling in mid air on cables. Puck finally says his final lines, before the lights dim and a bright flash of lightening lights the whole stage for a short period of time and a loud crash of thunder sounds. The scenery is then quickly changed ready for the next scene, while the audience are applauding. ...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 A Midsummer Night's Dream 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 A Midsummer Night's Dream essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Consider the presentation of the supernatural in "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In what way ...

    4 star(s)

    she replies with "Then I must be thy lady". Titania is associated with mothering she wants to protect the changeling boy to stay loyal to the boys dead mother and she is very in touch with nature and its beauty and almost mothers it, as she sends her fairies to protect the plants and creatures.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    The form and structure within "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

    3 star(s)

    This engages the reader/audience immediately which is very important. The number 'four' in itself is a very important aspect of the story and structure. There are the four strands: � The Courtiers � The Lovers � The Mechanicals � The Fairies These four strands are each part of the four sub-plots.

  1. Why is Bottom such a well-loved character? Explain with reference to 'A Midsummer Nights ...

    she moans. Puck removes Bottom's ass' head and puts him back into the normal world. When he wakes he thinks it was just a strange and wonderful dream. "I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was" he speaks.

  2. How does Shakespeare use confusion as a theme in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

    This is confusing to the Elizabethan audience because women in Elizabethan England weren't expected to stand up for themselves, as it was unheard of at that time, but now, to a modern day audience, no one really takes notice of this and just thinks it's a father daughter argument.

  1. The Nature of Power in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

    The songs the fairies sing, as well as the spells they cast, are typically in iambic tetrameter (either in couplets or in alternating rhyme), which gives them a musical and magical quality. By the end of Act I scene II, it is evident that the mechanicals have no idea how to put on a play.

  2. In a production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', how would you highlight the difference ...

    Bottom the Weaver, for example, is a working class Athenian who speaks in coarse, rambling prose. The nobles tend to speak in romantic verse, showing their better education and stature. In the immortal world Titania is a very elegant character with a poetic outlook.

  1. What effects and atmosphere does Shakespeare create in Act 3 scene 2 of 'A ...

    This not only gives the fairies a lighter feel to the way that they talk, making it nicer and easier to listen to, but it also makes what Puck is saying far more exciting. This adds to the atmosphere as Puck will obviously be talking very fast, so it will

  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream is an exploration of thematic opposites such as day/night, love/freedom ...

    If Helena had not been jealous of Demetrius' love for Hermia, she would not have revealed to Demetrius that the couple were to elope and they would have been able to escape un-noticed. Helena's betrayal illustrates a darker side to love.

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