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

Choose a play which you have seen and which you particularly enjoyed and discuss the aspects which made it successful. "The Wizard Of Oz" at the Birmingham Repertory theatre.

Extracts from this document...


Choose a play which you have seen and which you particularly enjoyed and discuss the aspects which made it successful. A play that I have seen and particularly enjoyed is "The Wizard Of Oz" at the Birmingham Repertory theatre. This play falls into the genre of musical. Perhaps the singularly most important drama convention from the point of view of audience is "a willing suspension of disbelief. This means that whilst in the theatre the audience need to accept everything which happens on stage as true (even if it could not possibly happen) in order for the play to work as a piece of theatre successfully. In the Wizard Of Oz ,we know that the world of Oz, the wiked witch of the west, the munchkins and the rest ...read more.


However what makes this stand out in this particular play is not purely the use of lighting onto the stage but the use of set which lights up. An example of this is the large rings on the floor of the stage. These moved around and also lit up. The colour could be varied depending on setting and mood for example yellow (for yellow brick road) and green (for Emerald city) to name but two. This was successful as it took the bright, colourful atmosphere and magic of Oz and brought it to life. Another successful aspect of this production was the use of film. Black and white film was projected onto a front drop screen. ...read more.


The rings could move round acting as a pathway and travelator for the actors, particularly effective in depicting the yellow brick road. Other objects for example the small houses (for the Kansas scenes) could be attached to the rings and moved around too, creating a good effect for movement, and for the hurricane. The set was at the same time elaborate yet simple and it served to bring the world to life. In conclusion The Wizard Of Oz is an enjoyable and successful play which has encaptured audiences in theatres and cinemas for many years. It is successful because we willingly believe what we see. In the production I saw at the Birmingham Repertory theatre the most successful aspects were: the use of colour to create both mood and setting, the use of film to show transition between the worlds and the use of moving and flexible set. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE An Inspector Calls 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 GCSE An Inspector Calls essays

  1. An inspector calls - theatre review

    Back to the direction of the play, there were parts where I think things were done possibly a bit over the top. The opening scene involved a bunch of children running about, which a crazy montage of lights which confused me more then anything, at one point I wondered if

  2. How the legacy of stage lighting affects today's productions.

    However I have successfully used the established format of 2 Floodlights with 150 watt bulbs that gave me a sufficiently wide beam to each cover half a stage, and 4 Freznel Lanterns for directable beams, together with smaller spots with closer together lenses that gave a shorter focal length, and therefore a much more defined light.

  1. My Early Years.

    We studied the Greeks, which I really enjoyed, and whenever we watched a video she always used to stop and talk about it for ages and then we never got to see the end of the video. After that we moved up to Mrs Williams who was really pleasant.

  2. In this report I will be reviewing the present situation at the Broadway Theatre.

    10 Water rates 2 Heating 10 Lighting & Electricity 10 Cleaning 5 Repairs and Maintenance 5 Administration : Salaries and Wages 110 Stationary 2 Postage 2 Telephone 2 Printing (tickets & programmes) 10 Accountancy fee 2 Publicity : Advertising 20 Printing (posters & leaflets)

  1. Show how the production of an Inspector calls enhanced the script and furthered your ...

    He seems very polite when he spoke but when drunk he babbled and groaned also when he is speaking to someone he seems a bit ignorant in the way he express himself and is childish. Act 1 "What about war" He seems to be innocent but really he is a

  2. The Apollo Theatre - Business Case Analysis

    Task 4 Costing and Cash Flows Fixed Costs Costs that don't change with production e.g. Rent, Rates, etc Variable Costs Costs that do change with production e.g. Supplies, Total Costs Total costs are the Variable Costs plus the Fixed Costs I think the costs that most concern the owners are the fixed costs because they don't change.

  1. How has your reading of J.B Priestley’s “ An Inspector Calls” been enhanced by ...

    This does enhance the play script more because the play script has no set; the production has literally added another character to explain the Birlings' fall in society. In the play the audience and the Inspector peers into the Birling's lives and Stephen Daldry has shown this by the house being prised open like a doll's house.

  2. An Inspector Calls

    Also in the stage production the inspector looks disapprovingly at Sheila as to say I can't believe what your doing like he is representing the audience on what they feel.

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