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  1. 'Is the dramatic monologue a powerful or a limited mode of expression?'

    Its main aim is the depiction of a main character and the latter's personality. As dramatic monologues focuses on the emotions and/or thoughts of the character it beckons an analysis and interpretation. There is a use of rhetorical question in order to anticipate the audiences' demands for information. The audience, then, completes the dramatic scene from within, by means of inference and imagination, finalizing the nature of this main character and the play. Monologues also create a sense of empathy as, for once, the state of mind is allowed to speak for itself without explicit authorial interference.

    • Word count: 809
  2. How would you perform the role of 'Bob Acres' in order to create comedy for your audience?

    I feel Acres accent should have a slight lilt of a Northern accent, again to create humour and show his country origin. With Acres having an accent, I think this would make his endeavour at imitating the speech patterns of town life more comic as the stereotype carried with the accents completely contrasts his speech pattern, particularly when using his 'genteel' sentimental swearing If I were to perform the role of Bob Acres I would employ various styles of comedy to create the comic effect of Acres on the audience.

    • Word count: 928
  3. How would you communicate to your audience the relationship that exists between Shields and Davoren? What is the importance of this relationship?

    The character, Seamus, is quite false and this is reflected in his 'religion' and his fickle view of Ireland. When something is not right with Ireland he will say how terrible it is, and other times he would be saying how much he loves his country. His religion is another survival technique, as he doesn't seem to bothered about missing mass and when 'The Auxiliaries' enter and Minnie takes the bombs from them and is arrested, he doesn't pray to the Saints for her safety but that she keeps quiet.

    • Word count: 720
  4. How does Angela Carta make the game show scene at the end of chapter one funny, farcical and sad?

    This is effective because it leaves you in suspense and the comments are humorous, 'You've put her in the club Tristram!' Tristrams' presence is ironic and comical as he is watching and 'reliving' his own downfall except that he now has control over the events through the remote control. The show itself is also comical but as we are seeing the show through the narrators eyes it is more effective because of the immediate response and style. The show is presented in a stereotypical way showing an colourful, cheesy, tacky game show with, 'neon palm tress, lightbulbs', and 'neon steps' as well as the shows cringing catch phrase, 'Lashings of lolly!'

    • Word count: 706
  5. The Accidental Death of an Anarchist - Form and structure.

    Fo's opening to the play is an interesting one, which engages the audience and provides clarification for the context of the play. The exposition is matched by its excellent denoument, which leaves the audience to decide the ending. This choice of ending is unconventional and leaves the audience on a cliffhanger, and with a lot of questions unanswered. The unusual ending is very clever. The audience is left to make a verdict of moralistic issues, which causes the spectator to reflect on actions not just in the play, but matters in society, which produces instability and insecurity.

    • Word count: 795
  6. Silent films allow the audience greater creativity and imagination.

    The audience begins to establish and incorporate their own ideas into the onscreen template, according to their own views and schemas. This allows audiences to relate more and become more engaged in the film, triggering their imagination to compensate for the speech. On the other hand, in conventional films, the dialogue is often far too domineering of the plot and can actually limit the intellect of the audience.

    • Word count: 560
  7. Indiana Jones Temple Of Doom is an action and adventure film, which includes stars such as Harrison Ford.

    Another type of camera angle we see is the close up, this is used when the kid is eager to move the people on the rickshaw out of the way whilst driving. This type of angle is used here to show the emotion he is feeling, his feelings are one of danger and anxiousness for the people on the rickshaw to move. In order to create humor in the film we see a child driving the car, the child is of oriental ethnic origin he talks English and has characteristic of an American e.g.

    • Word count: 659
  8. Analysis of my Character in the play "In two minds".

    In the scenes when I am escaping away from my family such as the fairground and opening scene at a disco, my body language must be relaxed to show that I feel comfortable in the surroundings. Also I will have my hair down to represent freedom and my glasses off to create an individual. My Body language will change when I am in the presence of my parents, I will be rigid and timid, to emphasise how scared I am of my parents.

    • Word count: 721
  9. Analyse how the opening sequence of 'Halloween' captures the attention of the audience.

    'Halloween' was produced in 1978 during the 'Slasher' era, which was governed by a broader set of codes and conventions brought about by audience expectations of visual horror and special effects. 'Halloween' brings together the influence of plot and suspense from earlier films such as 'Psycho' with the audience demands for visual horror which the emerging special effects make-up could bring to the screen. Music is an essential part of atmospheric horror as it builds up tension and suspense also sudden loud noises can shock the audience.

    • Word count: 596
  10. Hannah and Hanna – Live Performance Review.

    In-between the middle and the end is about an hour and a half of clich�d, boring and predictable scenes telling their "heartwarming" story. The play was quite stylised, in that there were only basic props, and two characters throughout the whole play, as well as a few scenes comprising of the two actors singing to pop tunes. However, the lack of diversity did little to keep the audience entertained, and at numerous points throughout the play, I felt the audience getting disgruntled at the seemingly endless production.

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  11. How would you perform the role of Antigone during her first scene of confrontation with Creon in order to convey your interpretation of the role to your audience?

    I have just been digging a grave for my brother in the dust so my appearance is very scruffy. I would be wearing a dress that would be ripped and would be very dirty with mud stains; my face would also be covered in dust, this will show the audience that I have been burying my brother. My approach ha already been set by the chorus. The audience will be expecting a character that is very small and weak, this would be mainly because I am a women. When I am first led in by the guard I am not feeling nervous at all, next to me the soldier is smiling, this is making me even more annoyed.

    • Word count: 804
  12. Under Milk Wood - review.

    Although it was long at the start, the speech was said clearly and every word could be heard. It was interesting that for a long while there was no movement, just one voice, one face and one spot light. As the characters walked onto the stage at the start, they were very focused. The lights didn't dim until a word was spoken, this was different from other performances. The set was just a raised triangle centre stage and this did not change throughout the performance.

    • Word count: 916
  13. How is suspense created and maintained in the opening scenes of The Matrix?

    The camera zooms into the "O" on the computer screen and then the torchlight is seen. The camera pans up and shows several other lights. The audience wants to know what they're focusing on, thus maintaining interest. The background music speeds up to the conventional action movie sound track, thrilling and dramatic. The viewer then is aware that something exciting will happen soon, but are still left guessing to what it is. Trinity goes against stereotype and fights all the men; she does a wide variety of tricky moves, which shows she has some form of super human powers.

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  14. Taking a 100-200 word excerpt from either Waiting for Godot or Lady Windermere's Fan, discuss the differences between reading on the page and how it would (or might) work in a production.

    Lucky wearing a different hat. At the sight of Vladimir and Estragon he stops short. Pozzo, continuing on his way, bumps into him. As a reader reading these stage directions, unquestionably more attention is paid to them than would be if part of an audience. For instance, an audience member may not have noticed a shorter rope or Lucky's new hat; however a reader cannot miss this fact. A reader has time to reflect on the relevance of the stage directions and other parts of the play, why is Estragon always struggling with his boot?

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  15. Top Girls is a play rooted firmly in "Thatcher" Britain of the early 1980s.

    It also deals with certain issues about women and the world of work, and more specifically, the prices that are attached to personal success and achievement. Top Girls is a play which delivers the fundamental elements which theatre is based upon, and goes a lot further and deeper than this. It has educational values and an extremely serious aspect to it, but at the same time can be intriguingly entertaining and addictive, so much so that I felt that I was emotionally dragged into one of the many, sometimes tense, sometimes funny, sometimes shocking conversations between the brilliantly constructed characters.

    • Word count: 990
  16. The techniques and strategies used in 'Teechers' by John Godber and my own performance of the text.

    The play is universal to audiences of all ages. Everyone can relate to the events, circumstances and stereotypical characters in 'Teechers'. We've all experienced the relaxed, laid back drama teacher, the clock-work efficient, strict head-of-year and the school hard man. For the slightly older audience there will be an element of nostalgia when watching the play. Even if 'Teechers' isn't an audience's usual type of humour, they will feel the need for reminiscent laughter and a nodding head as the memories come flooding back.

    • Word count: 841
  17. Analyse and decode the posture for the RSC production of 'Cymbeline'.

    The women is wearing white this shows purity and cleanness and the sex of the women is ambiguity. The man is supporting on her and holding her at the same time which signifies love, care and gently. The eye contact and simile signifies love and posture. By the facial looks of the people the women and men seem to be European. The picture on the left on the middle sections shows a men decapitation with blood dripping signifies actins and violence.

    • Word count: 564
  18. In Waiting for Godot Beckett turns the undramatic (waiting, doubt, perpetual uncertainty) into tense action - Discuss with reference to two particular moments.

    Do you see any others?" Estragon: "What is it?" Vladimir: "I don't know. A willow." They then proceeded to talk about the tree, forgetting their original conversation topic for a while. This uncertainty on the characters part is shown in this constant fa�ade - they seem to talk about anything they possibly can to take the boredom away. This moment could be very boring to the audience as it does not involve any action or a particularly interesting topic, but Beckett's manipulation of the language used incorporates humour into the scene.

    • Word count: 652
  19. I have used a number of methods to explore the text and dance styles for our clouds piece using the improvise, rehearse and perform formula.

    The choreographic elements in our dance piece all help to create the war like atmosphere and texture that we wanted our piece to have. As a group we looked at actions and dynamics .We looked at different qualities, and how our choice of movement would give differing effects. We decided to use a number of different styles, like fast and strong to show a battle scene with slow, gentle movements showing death and destruction. In terms of dynamics, we used the music and went against it.

    • Word count: 668
  20. Drama Evaluation - Armistice Day Performance.

    Danny stood with Hashim slightly smaller, he was in role as Hitler's sidekick. His small stature but evil, devious expression showed his tyrannical but cowardly characteristics. The rest of us stood further back and saluted to show that Hitler had control over us. We then went on to working on monologues. I decided to work with Ben and create a broken monologue. Ben played a soldier fighting in France and I played his daughter back home in England. We wanted our work to be emotional and appear realistic to an audience. Ben stood up and I sat down to create the effect that I was a young child and he was an adult.

    • Word count: 880
  21. Media Coursework: Quiz show.

    Player that represent the game are well known B list celebrities, this is the reason for the small plain studio, which does not use any big screens or computer technology. Most of the budget is spent on getting the celebrities. The language used is quiet formal but chatty. There are no commercial breaks during the show. "Friends like these" fits the institution of game show/quiz show as it is a mix of two teams, one with boys and the other with girls competing against one another to get to the final round.

    • Word count: 775
  22. Persuasive writing for a listening audience on child abuse.

    To make my piece more effective and persuasive I used 'Triple-X Phrases', as much as possible. There is evidence that hearing something three times will make it easier to absorb and understand. I started it off with a triple-x phrase, using the date Victoria Climbie died as repletion. My opening lines were made as effective as possible as it is the opening sentence that grabs a reader or listeners attention. I created suspense in the opening lines by describing how the young girl had died, but not saying how until the third line.

    • Word count: 672
  23. Jude - The death scene opens with an assortment of moods and atmospheres.

    The camera moves through the crowd with them using a mid shot almost as if allowing the viewers to be apart of the delight they are feeling. They are holding hands, teasing each other about who will be the first to tell the children about the excellent news building the tension and excitement up. They then race each other up the stairs. The camera shows an aerial shot, which allows the audience to view their happiness rather then be apart of it.

    • Word count: 885
  24. How does Hitchcock thrill his audience?

    but instead we see a couple having a secret affair in a dark and dingy room. Hitchcock makes this affair seem inappropriate and something people would not approve of. He then makes the audience feel that there really isn't any blood and guts. The start of the suspense is when Marion thinks she is being followed in her car after she stole money from the apartment the audience can hear creepy music and she can see flashbacks in her mind which makes the audience tense.

    • Word count: 722
  25. Adapt a scene from an existing film and modify it to our own version using group participation.

    Group: I have been involved in the making and acting of many plays, helped write scripts, developed the storyboards (which is used to plan how you want the structure of the story).When acting on stage you learn certain things about props, lighting, communicating as a team, and taking ideas and using them productively. General Knowledge: I have broad understanding of making films as I have watched many programmes, and read books about the film industry, I know that editing and

    • Word count: 520

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