Indicate how the influences and ideas of other playwrights and/or directors, designers and performers (i.e. practitioners) have been used.

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Indicate how the influences and ideas of other playwrights and/or directors, designers and performers (i.e. practitioners) have been used.

Antonin Artaud was the creator of the ‘Theatre of Cruelty’; Artaud was attempting to change the view of the word and society as he now thought that the world of theatre had become nothing but an empty shell. Artaud believed that the Theatre should affect the audience as much as possible, therefore he used a mixture of strange and disturbing forms of lighting, sound and performance. He aimed to affect audiences on an entirely non-rational level.

We liked this idea as we wanted the audience to feel intimidated, and figured this technique would work well to keep them interested. We used Artaud’s work in a few scenes. Firstly in the scene after the child has been kidnapped. Our intention in that scene was to provoke an emotion from the audience. So in the next scene we wanted to change that emotion, by letting them feel involved. Laura walked around the audience helplessly, and handing out leaflets to them.

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We used the theatre of cruelty again in the abuse scene. We wanted to intimidate the audience and make them feel trapped an insecure, and momentarily make them feel like that had done something wrong.  We did this by shouting at them a scenario in which we believed they had done us wrong. The subject I used was cheating. I made the audience members I was abusing believe that they we’re my partner and had cheated on me. I used a liverpudlian accent which is socially associated with the lower class, and therefore may help intensify the atmoshere of ...

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The Quality of Written Communication here is good. There is good adherence to the standards required of A Level students and the clarity of written expression leads to a completely unambiguous answer. It is very well-written though could benefit from a better structure, as the current one segregates each theatre practitioners to their own paragraph, and this makes it very obvious to the examiner when the candidate has run out of things to say about each practitioner, as some paragraphs are only three/four lines long (compared with the four large paragraphs on Artaud's influence), so perhaps a careful use of integration would be best for including lots of practitioners in conjunction with others, as it would create a cohesive and jointed answer.

The Level of Analysis shown is good as far as the comments made on Artaud are concerned. The candidate displays an fairly well-developed knowledge of the Theatre of Cruelty's principles (though more could be said on what Artaud believed about language dominating theatre previous to his own initiation), and they use evidence from their own production to a good level of explanation. I would like to though, as an improvement, see more fleshed-out examples of this candidates devised work, with an extensive explanation of the themes and sections of their play and how they tie in with each of their various influences. This has only been done to a fair standard with Artaud, and the other influences do not seem to have been developed well at all. If the candidate does not know fully the stylistic difference between certain theatre practitioners, or how to effectively incorporate elements of the style into their own devised piece, then they should simply refrain from mentioning them.

This answer is in response to a question that asks about how the works and influences of other theatre practitioners have been used in theatre overall. There is a very good level of focus on an extensive number of theatre practitioners (perhaps too many to consider the analysis of each to be suitably effective in depth and quantity), including Artaud, Berkoff, DV8, Zola, Brecht, and Stanislavski. The is a clear bias towards the use of Artaud and perhaps a greater balance should be sought after, or else the candidate could refrain from commenting too much on the use of Stanislavski and Brecht, whose theatrical intention are wildly different to Artaud's, who seem to be their main influence. The problem with mentioning so many influences is that it doesn't give the examiner any more inclination of your knowledge of your practitioner if you end up contradicting yourself by suggesting that your are influence by the Theatre of Cruelty as well as Representational Theatre, Physical Theatre and Naturalistic Theatre to name a few.