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Insanity - a Review. Insanity. Julia Billington played the insane main character. This play displays a lot off different emotions; many of them are scary and make me feel uncomfortable. At first, I thought it was strange, but as it went on I real

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Blanca Palmero Drama Year 10 INSANITY REVIEW In this essay, Simeon Bonetti calls the film that is being reviewed by me "Insanity". Julia Billington played the insane main character. This play displays a lot off different emotions; many of them are scary and make me feel uncomfortable. At first, I thought it was strange, but as it went on I realised that these emotions were intense. The beginning was sinister, with a lot of different lighting, which made the scene eerie and made the main character, as the title implies, insane. She makes butoh-type faces, which is an ancient Japanese theatre; these faces are frightening and confusing as most of the time, you don't know what is happening to this mad woman. At the start, the insane female character drags her body across one side of the wall to the other in a bizarre way. She then stops at the joint of the two walls and momentarily reaches up to the video camera that is placed there, then turns her back to it and raises her chest in a deranged manner, almost as if she were possessed by some demon that was trying to propel itself out of her body. ...read more.


After a bit, she falls to the ground, as if defeated and lies still for a few moments. She then resumes her strange movements and raises her hands to her mouth, seeming as if she is drinking water. Then, she makes the outline of a table with her hands on thin air, tries to put down her invisible drinking glass but drops it, making a clattering sound. She looks a bit scared as again, starts making butoh style faces and looks like she is in a type of trance. The red lighting and the strange other characters reappear; the main character is sitting on the floor in the spotlight, with the others running around her. The spotlight that covers her is of normal white light, however, the other people running around her are in red light. This carries on for a while, with the sexual noises in the background. The camera then zooms into her face, in the red lighting and slowly zooms back out. She crawls back into the white light spotlight and then falls back into blackness. She is then seen sitting down, moving her arms about her and also moving her upper body part without moving the bottom part of her body. ...read more.


The only special lighting was the red lighting and when there were shape shadows in the room. Some of the sound wasn't recorded live, such as the objects that fell on the floor, the fast-forwarding sound and the sound made by the main character when she made the outline of the table. The butoh faces enhanced the story by a lot; she seemed crazier and made her come alive. Her movements were strange, but it fit the character. At first, I didn't like this play, but after analysing the content, I come to the conclusion that it is actually a very good piece. The lighting was impressive and had a big effect on the way the character and the scene looked. The main character's movements also enhanced her actions as they made her insanity increase to me and made her have more of a personality. The sound effects also affected the way I looked at her, she seemed infantile and young whilst dropping the plates, and she also looked careless and unconcerned. Overall, I think this play was a success and showed very well the concept of insanity. Word count: 1,199 ...read more.

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