Response to Live Performance

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10PA                Debbie Reeve        

Section B Question: Response to Live Performance

“The Play What I Wrote”

Character Review: Toby Sedgwick (stage character Arthur)

Albeit the production consisted of a scarce number of actors, Toby Sedgwick’s dynamic performance compensated, due to the way in which he effectively portrayed an astonishing broad spectrum of characters. These characters varied greatly in presence, from absent-minded Arthur who dreamed of playing the harmonic no matter what the circumstances may have been, to the idiosyncratic stage manger.

Despite the significance of each character; whether it being merely an addition to the main characters; Jo and Ben, or the focus of the scene, Toby always possessed a remarkable presence, which was able to divert on eyes onto him. This factor was what distinguished Toby from the other actors in the productions, as every movement and every sound he made was directly related to his character, showing that he had put considerable thought into each individual character and in which way would their characterisations be at the utmost effect to the audience.

To elaborate on this, there were a range of moments in the play in which Toby’s characterisations made great impact on the responses of the audience. For example, during Toby’s part as the bizarre stage manager, rather than his words alone, it was his body movements that made Arthur a memorable character. This was as he began to move in a rubber-like manner, suitable to make even the most reserved members of the audience holler and wail in laughter. An alternative time soon after, Toby managed to epitomize the mannerisms of a woman perfectly, from the totter on the highest heels, to the gestures and positioning of his arms and legs. In addition towards the climax of the second half, Toby was dressed as the village people, wearing a suit, which incorporated numerous men. His actions and movements as the village people were so entrancing, that it served as a distraction for a change of set in the background.                      

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Not only was Toby’s alter ego Arthur’s actions hilarious, he also adapted his voice in a number of ways and forms to suit his character. For instance as the stage managed instead of the usual upbeat voice he had, Toby put on a rather higher pitched squeak, which accompanied his movements and the character’s manner flawlessly. Also in comparison to this moment, Toby’ s voice completely changed again when he was playing the female part of Daryl Hannah. He was able to achieve a suave hum, which polished the character off.

It was in both these factors ...

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