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If you were directing the play "a view from a bridge" what advice would you give to the actor playing Eddie about his character? Use quotations and close reference to the text.

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Task: If you were directing the play "a view from a bridge" what advice would you give to the actor playing Eddie about his character? Use quotations and close reference to the text. "A view from a bridge" is a play with five main characters. Eddie and Beatrice are married whilst they adopt Catherine, who is Eddie's niece. Marco and Rudolfo are their cousins who come to stay from Sicily. They are both illegal immigrants. A situation in the play occurs where Eddie becomes possessive of Catherine while Rudolfo plans to marry her. From the director's point of view advice to the actor playing the part of Eddie is complicated, but crucial. If I was the director looking for an actor to play Eddie it would have to be a man in his forties because that is most likely to be approximately the age of a man who has a niece the age of seventeen. Eddie is a longshoreman in the play and it would make sense if the actor was well built. ...read more.


Eddie bottles up emotions a lot in the play. One example is his possessiveness over Catherine and also the scene were Eddie screws up a newspaper in frustration. He also develops a hate for Rudolfo, which probably would not have existed if he didn't have emotions for Catherine. A good example of Eddie's bottled up emotions coming out is the scene where Eddie hits Rudolfo hard in the face whilst teaching him boxing" Now watch out here I come, Danish! (He feints with his left hand and lands with his right. It mildly staggers Rudolfo Marco rises.)"By that point Eddie came to the point where he could not keep his hands off Rudolfo. All the emotions about his possessiveness over Catherine came out with a sudden burst of anger. All the way through the play Eddie refuses to admit to himself what he feels. In these two scenes of the play we watched the range of acting from the actor playing Eddie was poor. ...read more.


Also respect is the most important thing and is greatly valued, this explains Eddie's behaviour towards the end of the play. I think that the background culture should be kept in mind because part of the specification is a strong macho man capable of a convincing accent and not slouching or looking lazy. In the play we watched Eddie sat in the same chair too much so either a younger is needed or an actor that looks dynamic at least. Also a good point is to advise the actor to walk about the stage when Eddie seems to struggle to express feelings through his limited vocabulary. Eddie's character shows stubbornness. He shows that attribute throughout the play and does not expect his family to correct him on anything he has already stated. I also think that when he releases bottled up emotions, like in the situation when he comes home drunk the actor should exaggerate his facial expressions. In the play we watched Eddie's face was expressionless showing poor acting, which was disappointing. As the play progresses Eddie seems to lose his mind, and also at one point he loses his sense of Sicilian justice. ...read more.

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