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

Performance analysis of Murder at the Manor

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Performance Analysis for ?Murder at the Manor?- 1000 Words. The performance ?Murder at the Manor? was an eccentric and comic piece of theatre. It was very interesting and fun to watch. There is a lot to say about the set, costume, sound, lighting, characters, and units of action, dialogue, pacing, director and special effects. The set was a house, a living room with a sofa, a plant, and a picture and barely furnished. Everything happened in that room, there was no change of set. It was a simple set that created a natural atmosphere. The objects added to the atmosphere but didn?t distract the audience. The actors were not always on set, some spoke offstage and you could hear people walking on stairs. When they were on stage it was in that room. The clothes and costumes were adapted to the character and brought out their personality. They all mixed together in a party which looked more like a fancy dress as the costumes were a little bit over the top. ...read more.


It didn?t give away any information and wasn?t very noticeable. Maybe if the lighting used were more varied it would have given a bigger surprise factor. There were five actors that played the main roles. The actor that played Georgios Smoothiakous (the host of the party) exaggerated his movements and accents to make it more comic. The actors took their roles and used what they knew of these types of people to make them so embellished that they weren?t even believable anymore. For example an innocent blonde girl took her being blonde and rich to a new level. All the characters were so different that all of them exaggerated mixed into a huge humorous play. The most memorable moments were definitely the ones that were the most funny ones and of course the improvisation. The improvisation was when some members from the audience were asked to go on stage and behave in a certain way. The expressions on their faces as they struggled to improvise correctly were just terribly funny. ...read more.


The play developed at a steady speed and worked it?s way through the start, complication, solve and then the end. Because of all the comedy, it didn?t really need a contrast in the pace to make the play more interesting. There was one actor that played a double role. He played two men, he played the main character Georgios Smoothiakous and when he dies he plays the Inspector Clueless. There could have been a lot of trouble getting the two personalities mixed but the play went well without any disturbances. There was another actor who played the role of Apfel Von Strudel. His character in the play was masqueraded as a woman as well and I guess you could count that as a double role. When he played the woman as well it worked quite well and he was a good actor so he made it seem not too realistic but not completely unbelievable either. In conclusion the play was very well done and comic. In the areas that I described it did very well and I really enjoyed it. It was funny enough to laugh and everyone had a good time but with an element of learning as well. Katerina Drakos 10MDO ...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 Other Plays 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 Other Plays essays

  1. GCSE Drama Course Work A03 Response to Live Performance

    Characterisation My favorite actor has to be Carolyn Tomkinson. She had such a constant, brilliant quality throughout all the characters she played, including the cook, Mrs Parsons, Winston's mother, and the prostitute, who was, overall, my favorite. I loved the way Carolyn, with only small changes of costume, completely transformed from a drunk, cackling, cockney woman to Winston's beautiful mother.

  2. 'Woman in Black'- drama coursework

    The tone of this voice sounded quite sharp, angry and lonely at the same time. These emotions are really suitable for Jennet Humfrye, for not being able to have a proper connection with her son would of made her feel isolated from the people she really cared about, but knows

  1. Cinderella. The lighting on Cinderella was the same in all scenes. It was ...

    showed me that Buttons job was safe unlike Cinderella's, which again showed me is job was better. The black makes button look mysterious, as no one knew about his background until he told Cinderella after she had a romantic moment with the prince.

  2. Drama evaluation - To Kill A Mockingbird

    dog was on its way and she needed it stopping before it got any closer. This kept the audience on the edge of their seat because they didn't know if anyone was going to stop the dog before it was too late.

  1. Compare and contrast the historical, social and cultural context of both

    'Art' which was premiered in 1995 in Paris was written by Yasmina Reza who was porn in 1959(picture on right), she was a French Playwright, actress and novelist. Her parents were of different nationality, her father coming from Iran and her mother from Hungary; however, she was brought up in France.

  2. Doctor Dolittle Theatre Review

    The box was placed downstage right and when it was opened we soon were amazed by the extremely real looking crazy animal! The realism of both the puppets and the human actors as animals was something that was really effective within this play.

  1. Discussing a play based on Mary Shelleys book Frankenstein.

    As the light was red, which is commonly known as the colour of blood, it emphasized a negative future, somebody's death. During the scene, where the monster was threatening and alarming Frankenstein, the lightning was set up only on one side of the stage - where the action was taking place.

  2. Evaluation of a performance of the merchant of venice

    Shylock is someone who intends on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. He thinks that people should be treated how they treat others. So when Shylock is about to take Antonio's flesh and is being offered a lot of money and the chance to be merciful, he decides to stick to his bond.

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