Vicki Harris 10Z The RSC Production of Beauty and the Beast. When watching the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "Beauty and the Beast" I noticed several aspects of the production that I found particularly impressive. One such aspect was the use of lighting and shadows on stage. Spotlights and floodlights were the main types of lighting used. In many of the scenes that did not take place in the Beast's house, a relatively bright yellowy-orange light filled the stage showing there was nothing particularly important or magical about these scenes/ As soon as the audience's attention was required to be focused on a particular character, lights would fade out and a spotlight placed on the character. One such example of this was when Mama dies and Beauty sang a solo part. In the Beast's house, lighting was taking to a much darker level, reflecting the magical and mysterious characteristics of the house. Once particular use of lighting in the house was very effective, the use of different coloured lights when Beauty and the Beast were eating supper. When the bowls were placed on the floor, trapped doors beneath them were opened so that floor lights could flood through the translucent bowls, giving the effect of different magical foods. One bowl lit up red, to which Beauty responded with "Oh! Strawberries!" then, as Beauty put the lid back down, the colour of the
'Beautiful Burnout' by Frantic Assembly, September 2010. The lights, the outstanding choreography, searing vitality, the knockouts and the unbeatable storyline, are all factors which made this particular play an unforgettable one. I had rather high expectations of the play when I read that Mark Ravenhill had directed one of the adaptations plus the engaging reviews I had read had led me to believe it was going to be brilliant. However, even though the play was spectacular, from my point of view the storyline isn't something that would have attracted me initially and to be blatantly honest a few scenes during the production lost my interest and attention several times, therefore my expectations of the play where slightly let down by the ongoing boxing chatter and masculine cliché fight scenes. A brief description of the story is the dream of a young man and his manager for the young boxer to triumph in the boxing world and become a legend, his dreams are in the blink of an eye stolen from him when during a championship game he is injured and disabled for life, showing that his abilities an love of the game when put into perspective weren't worth it due to the loss of his normal everyday abilities, this proves boxing to be a controversial sport. The play was indeed gripping, due to its controversy, mainly because boxing in the past and present day is one of the most dangerous
Playhouse Creatures - Act 1, Scene 9 -What do you want your audience to understand about Nell and Mrs Farley? How would you direct it to achieve your aims?
Drama Homework Christian Lunn What do you want your audience to understand about Nell and Mrs Farley? How would you direct it to achieve your aims? In this scene the audience need to understand the jealously of Mrs Farley to Nell. Mrs Farley sees that Nell is better than her and she is constantly trying to put Nell down. In this scene Mrs Farley realises that Nell is better than her and taking her place in the theatre and becoming close with the king. When Nell enters Mrs Farley initiates an attack at Nell after seeing the mood of the senior actresses in the theatre who she wants to impress and stay in favour with she says "Beg your old job back, if you don't want to starve". When Mrs Farley delivers this line she sticks near Mrs Betterton who she wants to stick with, this isolates Nell from the rest of them and puts Mrs Farley in with the main crowd. Mrs Farley will say "beg your old job back" to Nell moving her left hand in her direction as if she is dismissing her and slightly moving away from the other girls. Mrs Farley delivers the second part of the line "if you don't want to starve" she looks back at the others seeing if she has impressed them and moves back to them to feel that she is in the majority. Nell doesn't see Mrs Farley's jealously as she is in a daze with her experiences on stage. She is away from the crowd standing still and
Family Disintegration in "Death of a Salesman" John Bailey : March 2009 In the play " Death of A Salesman," it clearly shows the disintegration of an American family. With Willy living in his fantasies, Linda constantly making excuses for him, Biff, being the first born, not making anything of himself, and Happy being too caught up between girls and avoiding the situation, the family was bound to breakdown soon enough. The family was living a lie for some time, and eventually it led to their disintegration. Willy, was what he said to be a "respectable salesman." He went out on business trips, travelling all the time, just barely getting by. He had many dreams and expectations for his first son Biff. He wanted him to go into business and make a lot of money, but Biff just did not have the enthusiasm or the motivation to do such a thing. He tried to make his father see that he was not meant to be a businessman, but Willy was far to set in his ways to be told anything different. His wife, Linda, also did not help the situation any. She was constantly making up excuses for Willy and why he was the way he was...caught up in his fantasies. She did not help Willy see that he was suffering from psychosis. She, in a sense, hid it from him, and blinded her sons to the seriousness of the situation in the process, as well. All of this put a lot of pressure on Biff, which led him to
Theatre Review On Wednesday the 21st of May I went to see "Island" at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. It was a play performed without dialogue and used no facial expression because all the characters wore masks. This play concerns an old woman's memories of her childhood and all the precious things that symbolised special moments in her life. The play represents the small things in life that actually mean a lot to people. As the play progresses the audience start to feel a sorry for the woman whom the play is about because there are so many deaths of people who mean a lot to her. The old woman feels lonely and lost during the play and feels like she needs to do something with her life. This leads her to her continuous thoughts about her life that has passed her by so quickly. Although she is not famous and hasn't done anything particularly magnificent in her life, many people in the audience can relate to how she feels because it is a play about the simple life of a simple woman. This space used in the play was very small. The set was plain and the costume was simple. The same set was used for many different scenes. One thing that worked really well with the set was the "keep left" sign that was used as a road sign when the scene was meant to be outside. When the play was inside the sign was turned around and used as a shelf. The set consisted of a wall a workmen's hut
Write a continuous media analysis of the opening of Apocalypse Now, explaining the ways in which media language is used to present character, theme, genre, plot and representations.
Write a continuous media analysis of the opening of Apocalypse Now, explaining the ways in which media language is used to present character, theme, genre, plot and representations. The opening sequence in 'Apocalypse Now 1' shows many different aspects of media language. The whole scene contains moving images and sounds which work together with one another to give the audience an overall jist of the entire film. The mise-en-scene in the opening shot in 'Apocalypse Now 2' is of a Vietnamese forest. The scene shows the forest with a clear blue sky. During the wide shot of the woodland, dark, ominous smoke rises upwards. Before any scenery is shown on the film, music of a blues genre and is non-diegetic can be heard and this suddenly becomes very loud when the camera is focusing on the evergreen trees. There is a sound of helicopter blades in slow motion that grows louder until we see the helicopter cross the screen from left to right. The combination of the flames and the sound of the helicopters, gives the audience a foreboding sense of danger. Single helicopters then fly across the scene and almost immediately after seeing the smoke and the helicopters, the forest bursts into flames and then there is a slow pan from the right to the left showing the audience the damage which has been caused. As soon as the forest erupts into flames, the words to the music begin. The words
Media Essay The word quiz possibly originates from the Latin word "Qui es?" meaning "who are you?" it was also used to define a droll or eccentric person. Later it came to mean a practical joke, we therefore know the word "quiz" is of an uncertain origin. Wireless radio shows first became popular in 1934, it bro8ught with it a strange new programme called "The Symington's soups film star competition programme". This was the first quiz show broadcasted and proved to be very popular. Contestants would follow on screen instructions, write down answers and send them in to the show; winners received vouchers for powdered soup. The BBC's first quiz is believed to be on the "children's hour" programme in November 1937. Called regional round the position of authority was taken by uncle Mac. A correct answer from one lad was rewarded with the compliment 'that's absolutely wizard'. Very soon after this the first BBC quiz for adults was broadcast and was called "Trans-Atlantic quiz". In 1955 ITV formed a large number of quiz shows that became popular such as "take your pick" and "double your money". However in the 1970's and 80's limits on prize money were imposed by TV watchdogs and the maximum prize would be the equivalent of a small car every four shows. Therefore if more questions resulted in too many minis's being won, then the pre-recorded shows had to be screened out of
English coursework Kirsty vanderwens Analyse the ways that the director builds suspense and scares the audience in the film 'Jaws' The film we studied for media is called 'Jaws' by Stephen Spielberg. 'Jaws' is about a great white shark, which is in the sea attacking and killing humans for food. This film was set in Amity Island, in the summer, so a lot of people would go there for tourism and to be on the beaches. The 4th of July in an important day as a lot of people would go to beaches for a public holiday, it's a special day and a happy time where a lot of people go. Spielberg connects the music to the shark, so when we hear the music we know the shark is coming. The music builds up tension and sounds like beating of the heart by getting quicker and quicker and louder and louder as the shark gets nearer. The music builds up a lot of tension to the audience that is why the audience are so tense and scared. The first attack is scary, as we don't know what was going to happen and when. There is a contrast between all the screaming and splashing from the girl and when you see the boy slumped on the beach with low-pitched music playing in the background. We know when the attack is over as for the sudden silence at the end of each attack. The second attack is similar, with all the people panicking and screaming seeing this little boy getting eaten, but
The Woman in Black PLAY: The Woman in black. THEATRE: The Fortune theatre, London. This is a ghost play by Stephen Mallatratt. The play sees the elderly Arthur Kipps, played by Pip Donaghy, attempt to exorcise the ghosts of his past by having a young actor, Colin Hurley, portray his experiences on the stage of a currently empty theatre. The set and lighting that was used during the play was very basic, this was done purposely because the lay is set in an empty theatre, which is still tidying up after a past production. The main items used during the play were visible from the outset. There was a large wicker basket, a stool, two wooden chairs and a clothes wrack. Seeing as these items had to be used to portray most items and settings, the lighting would have to be used cleverly, and it was. It enhanced the simple set and added to the illusion of place and created an atmosphere. The lighting and sound in the following places was; - London office- A low and dull light with sound =s of horse and carriages trotting past outside. A ticking clock was cleverly used to create an office feeling. Tomes had his room down stage right in this scene. Kipps Young Kipps Tomes' room Train-Different chairs were used to give us an idea of the three trains comfort. A big comfortable chair and warm lighting was used in London to show optimism, where the wicker basket and cold lighting
AS PERFORMACNE STUDIES- DRAMA VIKKI BASTEN Improvisation: Firstly we looked at the photo 'The return of Robert B' and described how the proxemics and physicality of the characters in the picture helped to depict relationships within the characters and individual emotions. Regarding proxemics the closeness of the children to the father showed confidence and independence in their own feelings. Physically they showed large physical and facial expressions, showing confidant and open emotion. Whereas it seemed the children closest to the mother still relied on her guidance and protection, their physicality was smaller and therefore their emotion appeared smaller or at least slightly hesitant. Just from looking at the picture it seemed that there was an underlying tension, we cannot see the fathers face so we cannot perceive his facial expressions. Additionally we don't know what is going to happen when the children reach the father, the picture creates suspense. As a group we improvised a dream scene, we chose to portray Robert having a dream in a surrealistic manner; our aim was to create tension. In order for our improvisation to be success as a group, we needed to co-operate, listen to and acknowledge all ideas. We had the idea of him sleeping and voices of his worst nightmares surrounding him. With the use of proxemics to portray narrative, Robert lay on the floor