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I watched Dr Faustus in Stratford circus.The set was a traditional stage which was raised, it was a proscenium arch but the actors used the stage as a thrust which meant the whole stage and the breaking of the fourth wall.

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Dr Faustus Review 3rd February 2010 I watched Dr Faustus in Stratford circus. The theatre performance had started at 19:30. I had my first impression of the play after I had seen the poster; my first impression of it was honestly, the poster didn't tell me anything specific which had me guessing a lot. The poster had a blue background with a far distant part of a sun showing and a bit of light shooting out and in the middle a naked man crawled up in a ball. This made me feel awkward, uncomfortable and very confused because I thought they'll be showing a naked man constantly and all about that man. FAUSTUS wants knowledge. The devil wants his soul. But, if you make a bargain with the devil, can you change your mind? Christopher Marlowe's classic drama, Doctor Faustus, is brought to life in a modern metropolis where the devil is a puppet master and every move is watched. Dr Faustus desired knowledge power and gave into temptation. I think there are many types of themes in the play for example Man's Limitations and Potential, Pride and Sin, Flesh and Spirit, Damnation, Salvation, Mercy, and Redemption, Valuing Knowledge over Wisdom, Talk and Action. I think the main theme of all is man's limitations and potential because; the possible range of human accomplishment is at the heart of Doctor Faustus. ...read more.

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In my opinion I think that the costumes in the play supported the telling of the story for example when the angles were on stage one of them wore red suit and the other wore white. If I were the director I wouldn't make everyone wear suits and Macs, or I would make them were suits but not all the time black, other colours too. This is because black makes it all look too dull and too serious; this may be the reason why some of the audience had fallen asleep. The type of sounds that were used in the performance was when Mephistopheles appeared a thunder storm noise was heard. What effect this had on the performance is that without the sound you wouldn't have realised that Mephistopheles was there. If I were the director I would add more music in the performance especially in the big parts like when he was signing the paper with he's blood I would've put striking music at that point. The type of lighting that was used was different colours for instance at the start of the performance there was a big setting with 4/5 men walking around like spy's. They were walking around spaciously and there was smoke everywhere around the floor. ...read more.

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As an actor what I would have done differently was first of all learn about the original story of Dr Faustus, by doing this it will give me more ideas of how to support my role. To me the most climatic moment of the play was when Dr Faustus made his decision to sell his soul to the devil. This part in the play was very dramatic because he cut his hand and signed it with his blood which made me empathise for the character. Overall, I think this play is one to watch the difference between the rights and wrong make it very interesting. Also, the comedy is something very different and a added a good effect to the play. I believe this play appeals to younger audience like my self because of the few modern parts for instance when a picture of Cheryl Cole appeared. The type of sounds that were used in the performance was when Mephistopheles appeared a thunder storm noise was heard. What effect this had on the performance is that without the sound you wouldn't have realised that Mephistopheles was there. If I were the director I would add more music in the performance especially in the big parts like when he was signing the paper with he's blood I would've put striking music at that point. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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