Visual, Aural and Spatial Coursework

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Visual, Aural and Spatial Coursework

I recently directed a short dialogue from the play ‘Our Country’s Good’ which required me to think about every aspect of the performance, including props and the actor’s movements. I will explain what I did and why in terms of staging, speech and the set. Things like lighting and large pieces of set were either unable or I didn’t have enough time to organise them so I will explain what I would have done had the resources been available. I will also compare the work of Timberlake Wertenbaker and her performance style to that of Bertolt Brecht. I had to direct the duologue between Midshipman Harry Brewer and Lieutenant Ralph Clark.


This includes costume, props, staging, lighting and the actor’s physicality. Most of these things were unavailable, and as it was a small piece the cost wouldn’t have been justified. In her production, Timberlake Wertenbaker used authentic costumes and props to show the time period her play was set in and to inform the audience. If given the chance to use costumes I would have done the same thing, which would also make the play seem more realistic.

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She had a very Brechtian approach where staging is concerned in that she didn’t use any large pieces of staging, mainly tables and chairs. To show a change of scene or location, she simply changed the backdrop. I think this is effective in that it doesn’t distract the audience from the actual performance but still provides a background for the scenes.

In directing this scene I looked at my given characters as they progress throughout the play. Wertenbaker gave lots of stage directions which is especially visible in Act 1 Scene 9 when Ralph is trying to kiss his wife’s ...

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