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  1. Steven Berkoff - East. Social, Cultural & Historical.

    Berkoff liked to be linked to the Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie. They chose to be criminals as opposed to becoming ones because of their social insecurity; the Kray's had a desire for upward social mobility, adopting Italian-style suits as Berkoff notes ' they were always immaculately turned out in dark suits and ties.' He acted the two convicted murders 'drama' by taking the role of the real life villain George Cornel in a film. Berkoff was a prominent showbiz guest at Reggie Kray's funeral and narrated the television documentary Reggie Kay: The Final Word shortly before the gangster's death.

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  2. Fairytaleheart is a play written by Philip Ridley and directed by Richard Croxford.

    Kirsty seeks the community centre as a refuge as her mother used to work here. Gideon too faces problems with his parents. His father walked out on him and his mother when he was young and his mother now has a new boyfriend, the caretaker of the community centre. Gideon resents this boyfriend also as he feels he is taking his mother away from him. Over the past few weeks Gideon has been creating his own fantasy world in the abandoned community centre using art materials- paint and cardboard. He goes there to try and forget his problems.

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  3. Evaluation of Live Theatre Performance, Case-Study: 'Bouncers' by John Godber.

    On first entering the theatre itself, the mood of the play was created. The hall was small and compact with a simple stage and rows of seats that were placed one behind another rather than in levels. The racy 90s dance music that blared from the speakers gave the audience a taster of what they would expect. Four solemn-looking men greeted us at the door, their smart black tuxedos making it clear that they were bouncers. They sternly told some people off for being so informal as to appear in sneakers...but when the lights dimmed, we were in for a surprise: the bouncers climbed onto stage as the actors themselves!

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  4. Discuss how historical stereotypes of Australian masculinity are confirmed or challenged in the film Two Hands and Strictly Ballroom.

    Professor Manning Clark in his opus A History of Australia imaged the bronzed and noble Anzac as males involved in s*x orgies, having violent scuffles, and in Egypt burned belongings of local people, brawled, got drunk and rioted and patronised brothels. Hero and larrikin, ratbag and rebel, the Anzacs are an inextricable part of Australian tradition of masculinity. The wars in South Africa, Korea, and Vietnam where Australian men gained a reputation of "roughhouse brawlers on and off the battlefields" further contributed to this sense of masculinity and idea of mateship.

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  5. How different were Greek theatres to modern theatres

    Orchestra The diagram on the right shows the layout of a typical Greek theatre. The circular area in the middle of the theatre is called the orchestra. In ancient Greek times this area would have been used for dancing and where the 'chorus' would sing and perform. A 'chorus' was a group of people who would play a major part in ancient plays often describing scenes much like a modern narrator. In modern theatres today we do not have a chorus, as it would obscure the view of the play and maybe set the wrong atmosphere as modern audiences are less willing to suspend their disbelief and want things to be as realistic as possible.

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  6. The Rivals - Visual, Aural, Spatial

    As an 18th Century audience were much more an 'aural' audience, the need for props and visual aids were not nearly as important as for an audience today. The detailed language and complex plot were sufficient to make an enjoyable play, and props could be seen to be rather a distraction. Despite the lack of props, the stage itself would have been elaborately decorated with an attractive backdrop (as shown in the photo). All of the music used in 18th Century Theatre would be played live by musicians, and the style of music would be typical of the era.

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  7. Speaking and Listening: My Autobiography

    I am of Antiguan/Jamaican descent - my mother's parents are both from Antigua which is in the West Indies, and my father's parents are Antiguan and Jamaican - also in the West Indies. I am black, have black afro hair, which I am quite famous for as I have been known to attend school with GIANT afro! I have deep brown eyes, which all or most of my family also share. A lot of my family live all around the world - in countries like America, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua, Spain e.t.c; and so, to see them I have to travel quite far.

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  8. How would you perform the role of BottomIn Act 1 scene 2? Explain how you would wish your audience to respond to the character

    I would also make his costume quite colourful, to reflect his happy, enthusiastic and quite over bearing character. My performance would be influenced by my physical appearance and vocal characteristics. I see Bottom as a tradesman in his forties, taller than the others and of portly build, in fact I would want him to be physically larger than life and his accent Devonshire in cadence and with a raucous singing voice. In this scene, my performance would have to reflect the rivalry between Bottom and Quince. In the beginning of the scene, Quince who is in charge, would walk in rather proud, with an upright posture, and with head held high, maybe greeting the workmen by shaking their

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  9. Reviewing Live Productions: Stones in his Pockets Stones in his Pockets is a highly successful play about a Hollywood film company shooting scenes of a new film in the Irish village of County

    The performance was at the Bedford School Theatre. The stage is straight in front of the seats. The first five rows were on the ground and after that the seats were tiered. Prior to the beginning of the performance the stage was exposed. There was a big box in the middle of the stage and behind it was a projector screen. The image was blue and appeared to be the sky. At the front of the screen there were around twenty different pairs of shoes all lined up. This was interesting as I wondered why they were there and how they would come into effect into the play.

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  10. The history of Western TheatreTheatre within human society since the dawn of time has been part of man's community existence

    According to Aristotle Greek drama or specifically Greek tragedy began whilst a choir were singing the dithyramb, a choral hymn dedicated to the god Dionysus. Aristotle claimed that the lead singer a man called Thespis added an actor to the chorus; this may have initiated the beginning of dramatic action. There were three more key Grecian playwrights Aeschylus (525-456 BC) who is world renowned for his tragedy Oresteia, Sophocles (496-406 BC) who is famed for the trilogy Oedipus rex and Euripides (480-406 BC) who's was although the lesser known playwright, employed a far more relaxed and natural style of theatre.

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  11. Sports Development

    Role: - Outreach Assistant As Outreach Assistant my function was to assist with all aspects of the marketing and education remit of Dance NI under the direction of Jane Moore. This involved planning, entry on database, collation and execution of mailshots including follow up where directed. I was personally responsible for the distribution and delivery of 5000 Earthquake mailshots (lists supplied) My role also involved personal contact with schools/colleges/organisations to liason/research any aspect that was required. The Director also asked me to perform at the press launch of Earthquake at the Waterfront and to assist on the day at the Press launch.

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  12. Edward Gordon Craig revolutionised 20th Century theatre with his 19th Century ideas

    It was through this that Craig put forward a belief of a unified stage picture. During Victorian times, actors would normally wear their own clothes to act in or "hand-me-downs" from the aristocracy. Craig changed this by giving specific costume to the actors, therefore linking all aspects of the theatre, making it fit together as one. Thus Total theatre. Total theatre consisted of five main aspects, colour, rhythm, action, words and line. Craig wanted to make costume, stage and set all completely from scratch; and normally wanted his set ready before rehearsal. Unfortunately his ideas never really worked because of the cost, as every idea was too adventurous.

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  13. Antonin Artaud was born on the 4th September 1896, On March 4th, 1948 Artaud died, alone in his pavilion, seated at the foot o

    Furthermore, he spent approximately 15 years of his life inside various mental institutions. (I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat).

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  14. Matthew Christopher Bourne

    In 1982 he was given a place at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. Being 22 he was older than usual, and he also had no previous dance lessons. However, he had a great breadth and depth of knowledge of theatre, dance, and old musicals. He obtained a BA in dance and theatre in 1986. In 1987, with the help of friends from the Laban, he set up his own dance company Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP). The company reworked classical pieces including The Nutcracker and La Sylphides.

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  15. The Hard Nut

    The huge door opens and the set changes to a living room style setting. It is around Christmas we can tell this, as there is a Christmas tree in the corner of the stage. The characters are dressed in green and red which are the colours of Christmas. In the days were the musical is set they did not have coloured televisions the television starts to go colour and the music starts to be multipurpose as if there is a fire. Throughout the play the use of humour is quite big. The three children are now obviously in their Christmas suits the oldest girl showing off all dressed up whilst the other is quiet and dressed in pink different from the rest, she is overlooked by people very sensible and very shy.

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  16. Evaluation of the Woman in Black

    But if the lights were dim or even on black out then the mood would change, darkness is a good tool to use, but used too often can ruin a play. Darkness played a major part in the play; it was used two or three times, but only one being used to scare the audience. This created tension as sometimes, nothing scary would happen when the lights got dim. Sounds were also used with the lighting to create or make you use your imagination on the stage.

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  17. The Life and Works of Bertolt Brecht

    Geste was the technique that Brecht wanted actors to use when portraying a character, I will examine what geste is and what may have influenced Brecht to use it. Music for Brecht was a vital part of theatre and I will look at what interested him about using music and the role of music in his Epic theatre. I will consider Brecht's ideas of what stage design should be like and how he viewed it as something separate to the text and the music.

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  18. How Far Did Historical Influences Affect The Development Of The Theatre Royal Bath In The 18th And 19th Century?

    The Orchard Street Theatre opened in 1750 and was a largely successful theatre; in 1768 it was granted a Royal Patent, and became the first Theatre Royal outside of London, only the third in the whole country. It became so successful that in the year of 1805 it closed down and re-opened on a new larger site, to accommodate the increasing audience sizes. It moved form Orchard Street to Beufort Square in the new more popular, modern, area of Bath.

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  19. Theatre Studies: Response Essay

    Cameron, Katie and Richard.W who were pastors or priests. (2) Lydia, Tayah, Olivia and Richard.S who were all policemen. And finally (3) Tom, Rupert, Yomna and I were doctors. We were all told by Mr. Watson that he is running an investigation to find out why each group thinks they need the money and why they need it more than everyone else does. We were also asked about Schill and what we thought we should do with him. After a long arduous discussion, we were all told to elect a spokesperson that had to address chill and on behalf of their group try to persuade him to kill himself as in doing so he will prosper by helping the town.

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  20. The Carnivalesque in Wise Children

    Mikhail Bakhtin, a 20th century Russian critic, studied the works of the medieval French writer and satirist, Rabelais, and defined the context of his work as medieval carnival. The decline and fall of everything deemed holy and the promotion of the profane is typical of the carnival world described by Bakhtin in his book, 'Rabelais and his World'. Carter specialized in medieval literature at university and it is obvious that the rebellious carnival spirit of such writers as Rabelais appealed to her.

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  21. A comparison between 'Bazaar and Rummage' and 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui'

    From Hitler's beginnings as a political upstart, his appointment as German chancellor, the destruction of the Reichstag, the murder of Austria's chancellor and the conquest of central Europe, Arturo Ui recreates an atmosphere that is as deeply unsettling as it is darkly comic. It was played by only three actors, this was because Brecht was more interested in actors demonstrating the role as opposed to being the role. The actors playing several roles, also meant that the audience were more distanced from any emotional connection with the piece of theatre, but in our play the audience can't help but get involved in the actors and relate to them, as the characters experience many emotions.

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  22. The House of Bernarda Alba

    The props gave a sense of the period the play was set for example the radio, the bell, the wash basin and the sewing machines were all authentic. The set was in Bernarda Alba's house which was a grand mansion with a gilt, lofty ceiling. I think the towering interior clearly represented the distorted mind of Bernarda Alba. The house was a very open, free place for the girls to roam around in. It had a courtyard in the centre, light green walls making it seem larger and many plants, showing the outside was brought inside.

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  23. 20th century innovators of theatre

    of the actors and audience. One of the actor's main defences previously in conventional theatre was not being able to see the audience's faces. With this new site-specific theatre this defence was shattered. Peter Brook felt that this newly created relationship between actor/audience was key in the shared experience of the theatrical performance, so rather than the audience being alienated by the space, the audience sharing the auditorium and the actors the stage, suddenly both parties were sharing exactly the same space.

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  24. Review of ghost dances

    The structure of the play was really well performed and put across to an audience. If there was a comedy, there would more than likely to have been a distressing scene straight after. The set was a huge empty space and at the back there was four flats (two at each end of the stage) they were neutral colours, mainly with shades of: browns, greens and oranges and these colours were chosen to give the impression of an influential play.

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  25. Blue Remembered Hills

    The themes of Blue Remembered Hills are very well shown through out the play, the themes include; Friendship: The string that holds all of the children together as friends. Pain: Something that in various form, effects every character, for instance, the pain Willie gets when Peter beats him up in the first scene. Abuse: The physical abuse Donald gets from his mother. Bulling: The bulling Donald receives from all of the other children when they call him "Donald Duck" and tell him to "quack".

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