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Discuss one production you have seen where the performers have made a positive impact on the audience - Relate to the performances of two performers.

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Discuss One Production You Have Seen Where the Performers Have Made a Positive Impact on the Audience - Relate to the Performances of Two Performers. The play I am going to discuss is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. I saw this at the Lowry Centre in Manchester. The cast consisted of 8 actors, 2 of which particularly stood out to me and captivated the audience for the duration of the performance. The play is based in Maycomb County, a small town in the Southern states of the U.S. in the 20th Century. It is a very racially prejudice society and one of the biggest underlying themes in the play is racism. One of the characters I am going to be discussing is Atticus Finch, and elderly lawyer and a lifelong citizen of Maycomb County. The whole play is based on Atticus's court case, which happens to be defending a Black man - Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white girl. The other actor who particularly stood out to me was Scout Finch, Atticus's daughter. In this essay I will be discussing these actors and how they impressed me throughout the play. The first actor I am referring to is Scout Finch, in the first scene. The stage is empty apart from an old wagon tipped up in the corner and gravel littering the floor. ...read more.

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A very realistic atmosphere is set here, as this is the exact way that a father would talk to his daughter. The use of body language also adds to the effect of everyday father - daughter relationships. Scout is sitting on Atticus's knee and looking at him with wide eyes and a smile - showing respect and admiration for her Father. We can also see that Scout respects her father by the way they call him "Sir" when talking to him. The two actors are very close at this point, showing the tight relationship between the two characters. The two maintained direct eye contact all the way through Atticus's speech, and that showed just how much Scout respects her father and was concentrating on what he had to say, because a normal eight year old wouldn't have kept concentrating for that long unless they were really interested in what they were being told. Scout doesn't seem to mind sitting on Atticus's knee, it doesn't seem to occur to her that it might seem childish - she seems to be happy with how close she is to her father, as she has a smile on her face all the way through the scene, and listens thoroughly when Atticus speaks. Despite the fact that the two characters are already very close during the play, Scout emphasises the fact that she is really listening to Atticus by leaning slightly towards him when he talks. ...read more.

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This shows that Atticus sees himself as one of the wiser men of Maycomb, and he likes to put himself first when protecting others, showing that he is very generous and thinks of others before himself. Another key moment for Atticus, and for the entire play, is when Atticus is in court defending Tom Robinson. There is a very tense atmosphere in the courtroom, as the whole of Maycomb County is gathered there to see the final verdict. No one speaks, as this is against the laws in court, and the only voice heard is Atticus's as he interrogates the witnesses and the victim. Atticus talks in very low, calming tones and talks precisely, which shows that he knows what he's doing. This proves to the audience that Atticus takes his job very seriously and has obviously had a lot of experience in this and he knows what he's doing. Atticus is well aware of the space around him, and he walks around the courtroom confidently - with his head held high and his chest sticking out, as if he is proving his status to the defendant. This shows us again that Atticus has a lot of self-confidence and belief in himself that he can win this court case. Atticus's facial expressions show how he is really feeling because when he looks at Tom he raises his eyebrows and has a down-turned mouth, showing that he has sympathy for him. Overall I think that both characters I have studied were played excellently and that neither of them could improve anymore, as they made the play very realistic. ...read more.

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