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    As an actor using Stanislavski's system, how would you use his ideas on 'imagination', 'units and objectives' and 'emotion mem

    5 star(s)

    The easier it is for the actor to use their 'imagination', the richer their characterizations will be when preparing for and acting a role. The 'imagination' should be focused and based on observations the actor has made so it will not wonder and become unrealistic. The 'imagination' fills in the blanks that the author has missed and so they need to be very precise and use their 'imagination' to provide extra detail to what has happened to the character not only on stage, but before and after as well.

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    a dolls house report

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    the complexities of Dr Ranks condition, however, I didn't really understand the under tones about the promiscuity with relation to Dr Ranks father, and as a result of my misunderstanding I do not feel that, that part of the scene was executed quite so well because I kind of brushed it off. After watching my performance I also realised that some sentences that I said were not said in the right tone that was fitting to the intensity of the scene I felt that I almost threw always some of my lines.

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    A doll's House, casting decisions for Nora and Kristine Lynde

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    The change of an irresponsible, silly 'child' of Act 1 to the unafected, stable character seated at the table with Helmer in Act 3 seemed unimaginable. The energy of the play lies in her self-discovery. She is a very affectionate person showing this by kissing Helmer affectionately and playing with her children (as clothing in ninteenth-century is extremely extravigant and restricting, this would suggest that Nora is quite athletic).

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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.

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    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. 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.

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  5. Antigone. How would you want your audience to respond to the role of the messenger? Explain how you would perform the role in order to achieve your aims.

    Here I would try to make it immediately obvious that the messenger thinks that he has the upper hand because he has information. As the messenger, I would enter proudly with my head held high and strong, knowing steps. I would have my mouth in a small smirk to show that the messenger is boasting about having the power, finally. This would mean that first of all the audience would not warm to me, due to my obvious power hunger and my arrogance.

    • Word count: 656
  6. Written Performance Concept for Total Eclipse by Christopher Hampton

    This also makes him very dependant on Verlaine especially seeing as without him, Rimbaud would have nowhere to live. This play covers a number of very powerful and fragile topics such as homosexuality, which during the late nineteenth century was not approved of, and abuse. Verlaine best depicts this as he is very abusive to his wife Mathilde even during her pregnancy, and has blatant homosexual feelings for Rimbaud. Rimbaud too is very abusive; in an act of rage and sexual frustration he stabs Verlaine in the hand.

    • Word count: 559
  7. For our A2 devised practical performance, we decided to portray our own Creative Adaptation of Henry James The Turn of the Screw.

    We each went home and researched different films, plays and novels which had a gothic theme running throughout them. For my research, I looked up many other adaptations of James' 'The Turn of the Screw'. I was particularly taken by Jack Clayton's portrayal in his film 'The Innocents'. I was influenced by his use of music and sound effects within the film, which I felt conjured the atmosphere presented in the novel perfectly, and it was then that I suggested we use one of the film's songs, 'Willow Waly' to help create our eerie atmosphere.

    • Word count: 762
  8. Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov. Stanislavski's 'Magic If' as it pertains to the character Toozenbach - Chekhov's 3 Sisters

    is Lvovich. He is an individual whom it is clear has had a relatively priveleged upbringing and life. At times he can appear to be a snob and at other times cynical and rather detached. He may appear to some to have the manner of a man who's pride has gone unchecked to some extent, although this is understandable given his upbringing and social class, as well as to a some degree something of a brooding temperament He is a young man, not yet thirty by his own account, who has quite an insightful and intuitive view of the future world, and remarks in act 2, "....But I believe life itself will remain the same; it will still be difficult and full of mystery and full of happiness.

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  9. Audience Interaction. The Trial was performed by Splendid Theatre Company on Friday 19th November 2010. It is a dark novel written by Franz Kafka. Splendid adapted it into a play with a cast of three (one male and two females)

    This helped to not only get the political message across, but to also put the audience in the tense and unknowing state that the main character Josef K was in. The first moment where I felt that the audience interaction was particularly effective was as soon as we entered the hall where the actors were performing. The actor Ben Hales was stood at a podium DSL holding a clipboard. He spoke softly and in a monotone voice with no emotion as he called out names from his clipboard.

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  10. I am reciting a Monologue I wrote as Matilda at the end of the novel Mister Pip about her relationship between herself and her mother and Mr. Watts.

    Things could have been different. My mother could have remained silent. My rape wouldn't have been a high price to save my mum's life. I would have survived it. So would my mum. I never understood my mum. I understood her hatred for Mr. Watts. But I realized soon after, that it was not Mr. Watts that she despised. What made her blood run was the white boy Pip who had placed himself in my life and she held Mr. Watts responsible for this. But then my mother was a moral person.

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  11. Macbeth Critical Evaluation

    "Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair?" (Act I Scene 3) The witches have perhaps voiced Macbeth's inner thoughts; this is the first sign of Macbeth's ambition, Malcolm being named heir to the throne also puts a big shock on Mabeth's face because now he has someone standing in between the throne and himself. Macbeth then announces his intention to return to the witches determined to learn the worst news by the worst means.

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  12. Twelfth Night Theatre Review

    This also helped to present to the audience the social status of Malvolio at this point in the play - as he is considered mad, he is imprisoned, and is lower in status than the other characters in the scene. The use of costume was also very strong within the production. In the opening shipwreck scene, Viola is seen to wear a long flowing gown of layered gauze-like materials, in pale blue and green colours. This was visually very successful at creating an appearance of the sea, as if she was drenched in water, whilst also emphasising her femininity with a boned corset.

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  13. How would you want your audience to respond to the character of Katherina at the beginning of the play? Explain how you would perform the role in Act 1 scene 1.

    In this scene it should seem as though she is seeking an argument with everyone on stage. Also I feel in this scene she is trying to put across that she won't conform to the ideals of the time and become someone's wife, instead she is trying to assert her independence. From line 46 Katherina should enter first from upstage left going across to downstage right, followed by the rest of the crowd. I would be scowling as I walked, heavily across the stage, possibly huffing at something that may have been said before I entered. Katherina should be stood separate from the group, more towards centre stage, but still to the right.

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  14. Urban Dance

    Usually, street dances are based on a distinctive approaches or sensations that are portrayed through the dance, regularly tied to a particular music genre. As new dance moves progress based on this feel, the dance is under constant development, and if the feel starts to change it might give birth to a completely new dance form. Hip Hop dance styles are predominantly dance to hip hop music. It can consist of the many styles simple labeled as hip hop, old school hip hop (or hype), hip hop new style and free style.

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  15. Written concept of Our Countrys Good Scene 10, Act 1

    She attracts the attention of John Wisehammer, another convict, who we learn has a love for words. This leads them to exchange on the sound and meaning of the words which are poignantly linked to their situation. If I was to play the part of Mary Brenham in this named scene, my interpretation would need to take into account the historical, social and political context of 'Our Country's Good'. In historical terms I would need to remember that although this play deals with issues found in today's society, the actual text is set in 1787. Therefore, the way people would go about their daily lives would be very different to the present day.

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  16. Yoga Pilates and the Alexande theory

    The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, so it never gets boring. Although the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them will. Anyone can start a yoga practice, even if you don't feel like you are very flexible or very strong. These things will develop over time. Another great thing about thinking about "your practice" is that it encourages the non-competitive spirit of yoga. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about yoga is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else.

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  17. Space is an important feature in performance. In performance the area of the stage, the audience and the area around the performance is your space. Today in Performance studies we started with a warm up session

    Our next exercise we followed the lines in the carpet while avoiding others, which helped us to use our peripheral vision. The following exercise meant us walking freely in a figure of eight at the same speed around other people. Figure of Eight Our final exercise was to walk past each other backwards, sideward's and while spinning. Then we went into the larger drama room and first learnt how to use the proximity around us.

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  18. 2. In what way was the stimulus material developed through the drama process?

    Our plays were to be about an arrival and so we researched different reasons for arrivals and departures. We became interested in looking at the evacuation of children in World War II, focusing on a child's journey to the country and back home. We found the subject hard to make interesting and new to the audience and the topic is very broad and well-known. We still liked the idea of evacuation, as it could be used as an arrival or departure.

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  19. 3. How did group skills contribute to the development of the drama?

    If one person was better at one thing, naturally we would leave them to do it, but willing to help. Everyone was always open to help and ready to suggest things to each other or were willing to bring in props they knew they could get hold of. When putting the scenes together, it was as a group that we directed it and there wasn't really any individual directing going on. Nicola was very efficient at finding research on Australian brides and on mail order brides.

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  20. Othello Theatre Review

    The walls concaved around the actor, creating a strong feeling of claustrophobia within the audience. This allowed the viewer to clearly relate to the emotions experienced by the character as he realized the consequence of his actions; a foreboding feeling of doom. Throughout the scene, the lighting and sound design also played a major part in raising the tension for the audience. Until this particular moment in the play, there had always been a hushed background noise of the distant thump of disco music and barking dogs; however, for this scene, the faint hum was replaced by silence.

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  21. Structured record:stimulus material developed through the drama process

    We debated over whether to ingrain comedy into the horrific nature of the play, to show a twist of genre and atmosphere, however were worried that this could have the effect of limiting the absurd, surreal and serious nature of the play, which was our desired theme. Therefore, we left the comedy out of the absurd scenes and instead, used it for naturalistic scenes, such as a police interview. This was because we felt that a more successful and humorous result would come out of modern day, natural acting, with a comic twist.

    • Word count: 857
  22. Historical and Textual Research of Harold Pinter

    To Labours' shock, Harold McMillan led the Conservative party in 1959 to their third general election victory in a row. Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home continued to promote liberal trade regulations and less State involvement throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Textual Research: Strong themes in Pinter's 'The Black and White' (1959) include: loneliness, boredom, friendship, time, abandonment, survival, escape from reality, isolation and silence. Having watched the 'The Servant' (1963); a film of '...psychological domination in a class system...'

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  23. Swansong-Christopher Bruce. The chair is the only constant prop in the performance, and it is used in many ways. Firstly and most obviously it is used as a chair, in the introduction the victim is sitting on the chair and the interrogators use this to tra

    This idea is developed majorly in section 2 of the performance. The victim often reaches for the safety of the chair only to have it pulled away from him, the interrogators use the chair against it pulling it away fro them victim as he goes to sit, and teasing him with it. The chair is also used in the piece as an emotional shield we know this by section 3 when the victim bends over the chair, one arm reaching forwards past his head, the other behind his back with the hands opening out from clenched fists.

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  24. Oh What a Lovely War review

    The multi-media was used to show serious messages and horrific pictures, this contrasted the comical acting which worked very well as it made the audience think about what they were seeing. The audience had to separate the serious messages from the comedy themselves instead of being told what to think by the actors. These are all important tools of Bertolt Brecht who believed that people should not hang their brains up with their hats when they walked into the theatre.

    • Word count: 835
  25. women weekly

    Like cover models today she would have been someone that you would aspire to be or look like. "Editorial decisions concerning the positioning of the magazine in the market-place are a key influence on the portrayal of women on the cover." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cover_girl). The use of the 'Hat in Crochet' brings a social appeal to the magazine, as it would be attainable for women who had learnt crochet through the war. The magazine cover attracts lower class women even though the target audience is more middle class.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?

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