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AS and A Level: Theatre Studies
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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."
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.
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.
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.
- Do they use key words from the title or question?
- Do they answer the question directly?
- Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
"Lea Anderson draws her influences from many sources to create work which challenges stereotypes." To what extent is this seen in the work you have studied?
"Lea, in conclusion bases the majority of her work on stereotypes, she concentrates on forming strong and striking visual images on stage and film. She constantly outlines the fact that men and women are equals and tries to defy the various things that define the genders e.g. clothing and stereotypical gestures. This is outlined in her work we have studied which contains strong examples of where things stereotypical to a specific gender have been applied to both or reversed."
Assess the extent to which features of the Balinese Theatre have become an integral part of current Western theatrical practice
"To conclude, there are many features from Balinese and oriental theatre which are currently used such as the use of music to create tension - which nearly all plays use, but nearly all plays do not go to the same extent that the Balinese Theatre went to and not include words. So most plays use some aspect of Balinese but very few follow the exact same features religiously."
Discuss how historical stereotypes of Australian masculinity are confirmed or challenged in the film Two Hands and Strictly Ballroom.
Both films Two Hands and Strictly Ballroom stereotype masculinity. Two Hands, based on the rough living at Kings Cross with a gangster plot stereotype the typical masculinity - criminal culture, swearing, rough, tough, ruthless gangsters, fighting and boxing, drinking beer, exercising, masculine attire, mateship, larrikinism, meeting at pub, robbing the bank, and willingness to die. Strictly Ballroom, with a ballroom and romance plot is more difficult to project the male stereotype. However even in this difficulty area, it manages to still capture the following masculine traits - mateship, trivialised larrikinism, physical apperarance, durnkenness, determination to win the ballroom dancing championship using new steps -the macho Spanish pasodoble."