Souls Play Review.

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Souls Play Review

For a play review piece of writing I chose to watch a performance called “Souls”. The play shows these black men and how they are portrayed. It was about three young men, three brothers. Their mother passes away and they are lost basically. Their parents are both dead, they are the second generation and they do not have their parents to fall back on. Now they are on their own and we see how they cope with that. It gives us an insight into male relationships. It is not a play that has a particular issue or point to prove. The play is a character led drama, which gets the audience thinking about choices and thinking more in depth about what they are watching, and so they can relate to it more easily.

The performance space was different to that I had seen of other plays. It was the first play I had seen where it was in an open space and not on top of a stage. The space created many effects that got the audience involved. It draws in the audience creating more tension and atmosphere. The actor and audience areas were very close together and there was not much space separating either. The audience were positioned so they could see the play at all angles. By the way the audience was set out, it was easy to see the actors but it was hard to hear them on occasions when there were quiet parts to speak. Because it was performed in the school hall, it echoed so that made hearing easier. The play was performed during the day so the set was lit by natural light, so I could easily see the set first when I entered the hall. The set was very natural as it was just a normal front living room of a house. It looked very homely with photographs, flowers and memorabilia on the walls. It looked cosy and warm and the living room of a typical middle class family. It had three walls with the audience making the fourth. It is the only set, as there was not room for another.

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The set sets the scene for the story as it is the main place where the brothers’ lives are taking place; their discussions, dinners, arguments etc. The use of furniture like the couch, table, dresser and personal items like photographs create a huge effect of realism and make the storyline seem more authentic. The colours used for the room were quite dark and dull, like brown wallpaper and armchairs. This compares well to the storyline, not because the storyline is dull and dark but because the events that take place would not be as emphasised if they took place in ...

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