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    A Doll's House - Language

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    Nora plays with Helmer, and behaves as a Victorian woman would, using feminine endings to words such as "sweetly" and at the beginning of Nora's conversation with Mrs. Linde, she is polite, and sympathises with her "No, it was bad of me Kristine. You poor woman, you've gone through so much." Ibsen uses commas and short sentences to break up the passage and emphasise that Nora is genuine, in contrast to her long, complex sentences when she talks only of herself "Kristine, do believe me, I meant so often to write to you then, but I kept putting it off and something always got in the way."

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  2. Samuel Becketts Endgame has several connections with Brechts meaning of alienation. Brecht alienation idea uses the audience to be a knowingly critical observer

    In Endgame, Beckett uses the emotional distance with analyzing the characters. The analysis of the play reflects the breakdown of the characters' capability to see what is around them. He wants the audience to really understand the play for what it is worth. He wants you to watch and read the play a couple of times. Beckett wants his audience to understand that there is more to the story than what is being shown. The whole purpose of what he does is to have each character steer you away from the emotion and more on reality. With that, Beckett wanted the audience's conscious mind to explore character development, narrative, and psychology.

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    Drama Reflection. Evaluation of the development and improvement of my skills including examples of their relevance to working practices.

    With self confidence this has given me the ability to learn new skills quickly. However, I recognize my weaknesses which are; I am to easily distracted, I lack time management, and I am late and rush at the last minute, but without missing a deadline. I have noticed that Improvements' have been made throughout the lessons surfing across three topics and the consequences don't seem to bother me. This problem is solved and my skills are improving. After developing my strengths and over coming my weaknesses, I intend to work hard on group work and communication skills In dance lessons

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  4. Woman In Black Notes

    > Blackouts: - Allows actors to change characters. - Adds believability for audience in imagining different characters. o Sean Baker (Old Kipps) changing: (e.g. Narrator � Driver of horse + carriage) - More realistic character changes. - Allows changing from Novel to Theatre almost instantaneously with a click of a finger. - Also shows time passing > Gels: - Coloured gel filter on lantern - alters colour of beam. - Changing mood + fluctuating temperatures. o Characters comment on coldness - Steel blue gel used to emit blue light + cold feeling for audience to react to - more realistic creating an emotional recall for the audience.

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  5. Evaluate the ways in which ideas were communicated to the audience.

    A few of these messages certainly did carry across but not to the extent we would have hoped. A lot of the younger members of the audience didn't follow the plot completely, even after an explanation of the story. The older members also admitted that it was quite difficult to digest, and that it might have needed a second viewing to reiterate the plot and distinguish the deeper messages. A couple of them said, however, that the messages seemed to sink in and play on their mind over the next week and, when thinking of the amount of content we had actually performed in 45 minutes, realised how much we had put into it and how innovative it was.

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  6. How did the group plan for a range of responses from the audience?

    In this scene we were trying to confuse and alienate the audiences senses: visual, aural and sensual. Throughout the whole introductory section we wanted to communicate a feeling of disaster and meltdown as an introduction to the issues surrounding the action in the play. During this I noticed the audience looking around at one another, focussing on the speaker, then upwards as the pictures came down. Talking to members of the audience afterwards the majority of them said that they were unsure if the beginning was a real emergency or not, that they felt something had gone wrong, meaning we had achieved our desired response.

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  7. Explore the impact of social, cultural and/or historical conditions upon the work.

    When approaching this stimulus we took a philosophical view that explored our way into our theme of the fall of the economy/society. This was shown through our want to depict our version of 'The Falling Man' alongside the plot; we wanted to make sure it was obvious that our 'Falling Man' was theoretical. This was trying to show that history repeats itself we've had our 'Falling Man' this decade but so will others and that we will all recede, eventually, when faced with the prospect of nothing we recede back to our primal instincts.

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  8. Explain how research material was gathered and used within the process.

    us with stepping stones to experiment and explore all the content that could be created using their unique senses of style and humour. Our resources were mostly Internet for our research on the Wall Street Crash, mainly websites like Wikipedia and the BBC website, but we made sure to research the information we had found again from different sources so as to make sure that the information it provided was correct. I had also found a guide to economics and found some references from it that we used in the process, to stimulating or integrating with our ideas, we used some of these during the devising process.

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  9. 1. How did your role emerge and how was it communicated?

    By having this representation it also shows the one way 'control' in the relationship, the husband provides the wife with shelter, and then, like any other product, the wife is there to satisfy the man. I was also a doll in three other scenes in the play. The next scene was quite dream like, it derived from a dream one of the group members had, and with some thought we created 'The Desire'. There wasn't a certain setting that we aimed for; we just focused on presenting and communicating with the audience.

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  10. Equus Exploration Notes

    We discussed whether he would walk with the head leading? I believed that he would walk with his head, oppose to his chest or arms because he uses his head first in all situations and so why would that change in his walk. However, I did discuss you use of arms because they were his tools and so I thought his arms might guide him through his life. Vocal Awareness As Dysart is educated and well spoken I think that his accent should be quite posh and sophisticated whereas Alan's would be a mixture of Irish and northern because of the parents accents however he might be have a English

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    Exploratoin notes

    To me this gave the impression that she went back into one person and was at peace with herself until the panic started again. Although the other group used more non-verbal communication then we did in this task we did use some when staging our piece we decided to stage in so that the actual young women was stood in the middle and then the two to the sides were parts of her personality arguing. At first when taking part in the adverb task we showed what we had done almost as a radio performance I found this hard because

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  12. Kushners' "Angels in America" Anaylsis

    Kushner's topics in Angels in America correlate strongly with his personal life. Kushner, whom is a Jewish h********l, married his long time partner, Mark Harris, in April of 2003. Some of Kushner's other works include; A Bright Room Called Day, The Umbrella Oracle, Homebody/ Kabul, Stella, The Illusion, Last Gasp at the Cataract, just to name a few. B. Character Analysis Prior Walter- Louis's boyfriend, Belize's ex-boyfriend. I view prior as the play's protagonist mainly because he is the prime victim. He suffers more in the play mentally and physically. Having found out that he was infected with Aids and exposing his secret to his partner, Louis, he is the abandoned by

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  13. Shirley Valentine Contexualising the play

    Liverpool is exceeding to be the capital of culture of England, this is an insinuation that though Shirley has moved from the land she was born to, and developed into a different person, the land which she has escaped from has developed without her. However as we crossed The Mersey, it made me realize that as we moved away from one side of The Mersey by ferry, we went past different stages, through different stops, and it made me realise that to Shirley her journey of re self discover also had different stages, it began in her home with Joe

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  14. Shirley valentine use of language

    We experimented with different accents for the lines as they were written, only adjusting the accents and leaving the dialect to remain, instead of scouse we attempted a NYC Italian mafia style accent and tone with the line 'y'did what? What did y'do? Y'gave it to the dog?' we found that this completely converts the text from one era to another, through just listening to the words, without adding actions, the images conjured up are entirely varied with the two accents.

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  15. AS Theatre Studies Yerma

    In Act 1 Scene 1, Juan has an exchange with his wife. As an actor, I would march onto the stage with a brisk and confident air because this would suit the crisp tone with which I will deliver the line "Have the oxen gone by?" As a performer, I would turn away abruptly as well as dismissively as this would give the impression that Juan finds his wife's childlike behaviour unsettling. I want to give Juan the mannerism of running his fingers through his hair because this would show his frustration in an unconscious way to the audience.

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  16. Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring Analysis

    In this surrounding, there are blacks, grays, and reds all portraying evil and immoral actions. Frodo and Co. then shift into another untainted ethical spot called Rivendell, where the elves reside. To show the wholesomeness of the elves the colors are mostly whites and yellows. As a final point, the viewers observe the Caves of Moria where the dwarves reside or else used to. In this setting all, the colors are dull and black showing how the place is lifeless except for an evil creature that is. Close up A Close Up, for all who are not acquainted with this term, is a type of shot that only shows the head and upper body.

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  17. metamorphosis

    Kafka showed a positive attitude at first, dedicating much of his free time to the business. This is just like Gregor as he spent all his free time studding on the job and put a lot of hard work and good effort into the job. Kafka was supported by his family but mostly by his younger sister Ottla. This links to Gregor and his sister Greta and that he was treated like Gregor within the sister relationship. Steven Berkoff is an English actor, writer and director. He is patron of the nightingale theatre in Brighton. He trained to be an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy in London and latter in Paris.

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  18. Two by Jim Cartwright Notes

    The landlord uses direct audience address in performing his monolog which tells the background of their relationship and how he sees the pub. He uses lots of imagery and personification throughout the monolog. The Old Woman character also uses direct audience address, she tells us about her day to day life and how she loves her husband. Slowly through her performance we see deeper into her character and the darker side to their relationship between her and her husband. Moth opens his monolog by chatting up someone in the audience; he straight away changes the pace of the play and is focused on him.

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  19. Analysis of Use of Language in 'The Crucible'

    The dialogue stays at a steadier pace until more characters emerge and the script becomes much more frantic. When a new character is introduced the audience is mostly notified on who they are and their purpose through the words of other characters for example as Giles Corey enters the Proctor household John exclaims 'Giles! What is the matter?' This immediately notifies the audience on Giles's entry. To make the conversation more realistic Miller sometimes cuts of the ends of some characters sentences; 'PROCTER Now look you- ELIZABETH I see what I see, John.' This effect not only adds emotion to the dialogue but also makes the dialogue even more believable.

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  20. Analysis of Visual, Aural and Spatial Elements in 'The Crucible'

    In the crucible Arthur Miller makes very little reference towards costume and how characters are visually presented. This could be because he did not want the characters emotion and characteristics to be given away by what they wear. One of the few examples of reference to clothing could be, ' Arthur Miller describes the settings of each act and place quite thoroughly this is helpful for the actors when acting it out, throughout the whole of the first act Miller refers to the setting; where the objects are, and the use for them.

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  21. In what ways were acting techniques or design elements and drama forms used to achieve the intended effects?

    In the latter version of this scene, there is a very real sense of poignancy together with reluctant acceptance when both characters truly open their eyes to the reality of their situation. Our costume consisted of pieces of clothing that didn't go together. Colours that clashed and styles that were contrasting all emphasised the idea that love doesn't always fit. Clothing was one example of something in society that had to be 'perfect', and had to match. By having a costume that didn't conform to this idea, we were showing that it's not the end of the world if things don't work out.

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  22. A Doll's House - Form, structure, and social and historical context

    Norway, in the 1840s, had finally gained independence from being ruled by Denmark, and Ibsen relished this freedom. Liberation became a key feature of A Doll's House, as Ibsen wanted it to remain important, and he disapproved of the idea that people could be forgetting Norway's struggle for freedom. The country's increasing prosperity made the people living there much more financially comfortable. Middle-class individuals conformed to what society required, and Ibsen felt that the freedom he had longed for did not exist. Materialistic lifestyles were very popular, not dissimilar to the Helmers'. Ibsen's dislike of this way of living was perhaps the reason that Ibsen made Nora eventually resent the lifestyle, and leave her 'doll's house' protective surroundings, away from stability, relationships and money.

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  23. Explain how research material was gathered and used within the process, and evaluate the ways in which ideas were communicated to the audience

    They fail to see that this is exactly what he wants, and characters such as Mrs Boyle try to convince him otherwise "You'll be surprised how many things you will be able to do with training and a little patience". She is the personification of denial, and her patronising attitude only hinders her cause: Ken I am not human, and I'm even more convinced of that by your visit than I was before, so how does that grab you? The very exercise of your so-called professionalism makes me want to die.

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  24. Trojan Women - Explain how you would use voice to highlight Hecuba's characteristics, give an account of how you intend to use the chorus during her speech and describe how you would use movement to emphasise the emotional journey of Hecuba throughout the

    This would show the power of Hecuba's character, and give the impression of someone very passionate and strong. I see a definite importance in considering Euripides' concept for The Trojan Women (his abhorrence of the futility of war), as it is present in 21st century society with the current suicide bombings and wars originating from a single argument. Emphasising Hecuba's fragility here would show the destructive nature of war, and its lack of achievement. Similarly, showing a resilience to war also highlights the futility, as it cannot ultimately destroy the spirit and community of something so strong. Either way, Hecuba is a classic example of the counter-productiveness of war, which is still so relevant to modern audiences.

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  25. How did rehearsals and the production process contribute to the final performance?

    Outside of group rehearsal time, we continued to research ideas as individuals, which often had a very positive effect. Having just two members in a more relaxed environment talking about certain scenes meant far higher levels of concentration and ensured the other person was always listening. If there was a time where the group grew frustrated at a lack of progress, or at a lack of inspiration, working individually often helped. We would come to the next rehearsal with more ideas which we would then explain to the group, therefore making better use of rehearsal time. Ele, Sam, Nicole and I noticed a connection between some poetry by William Blake we were studying in English Literature, and so talked

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