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A Comparison of the Performance of 'Confusions' by Alan Ayckbourn

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A Comparison of the Performance of 'Confusions' by Alan Ayckbourn We performed Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn on 28th November 2002. Since it is divided into five short plays which all relate to each other, separate groups performed different plays, or scenes. My group used the scene "A Talk in the Park" as our performance piece. I will be comparing this scene to "A View from the Bridge", written by Arthur Miller, and the television soap "Eastenders". "A Talk in the Park" illustrates the comedy of human behaviour as well as making the audience aware of the underlying tones of loneliness and isolation, where the protagonists, five contrasting characters sitting on separate benches, give vent to their innermost feelings. ...read more.

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For example, there were victims of domestic abuse in the 1970's (when the play was written) and there are still victims of domestic abuse in the 2000's. "A View from the Bridge" however was written while McCarthyism was raging and is believed to reflect this in the play. In the play, Eddie giving Rodolpho and Marco to the immigration authorities was the equivalent of naming communists. It was written to reflect society at the time of writing. In "Eastenders" the themes tend to reflect every day life, and the things that occur during the life of normal people, mostly bringing attention to the depressing issues of society. It comments on the themes that occur at the time the episode is being written, and is set in the present day. ...read more.

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Our play's themes included lack of communication, loneliness and the breakdown of relationships. All of the characters were feeling lonely, and give vent to the person closest to them but it is ironic in the fact that they won't listen to the person who does the same to them: vent. "Eastenders" also deals with these themes but in a more dramatic (and often depressing) way. It also brings attention to domestic violence. This also appears in our play in the form of Beryl, who has been beaten by her boyfriend.. The theme of loneliness and isolation in "A Talk in the Park" also appears in "A View from the Bridge". Eddie, after informing the immigration office about Marco and Rodolpho, becomes ostracised from the society in which he lives, having broken the Sicilian Omerta. ...read more.

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