Drama question. Tom Hay The play I have chosen to write about is 'Caged Birds'. I thought this play was good, partly because I was impressed by the quality of the acting by two of the actors; one who played the woman who was described as 'wild' and was the main character of the play and the other who was the one who played the woman with the mobile phone. The play was about a wild woman who was used to being out in the open and free but gets locked up in a mental hospital, a very comfortable and desirable mental hospital, but still a place where she is locked up. The other inmates are happy to be there, but she finds it unbearable and believes that not only should she escape, but she should persuade the others to escape as well. The first scene shows the inmates in their comfortable cell. One inmate had a laptop, another was sat on a comfortable sofa with a duvet, another on a swing and another cooking. Each inmate was doing their own thing. In this scene, I thought the woman with the mobile phone was well played because she looked like she was talking to someone on the phone, but actually wasn't, but still now and again she showed that she was talking to herself and gave an impression of insanity. She said her lines very clearly and moved around the stage very well. I thought the main character (the wild woman) was very well played because she sounded like she
As an actor, how would you use Stanislavski's ideas on "given circumstances" and "the magic if" when prepairing a role for performance.
AS AN ACTOR, HOW WOULD YOU USE STANISLAVSKI'S IDEAS ON "GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES" AND "THE MAGIC IF" WHEN PREPARING A ROLE FOR PERFORMANCE? When preparing a role for performance, I would use Stanislavski's ideas on "given circumstances" and "the magic if". Both ideas are essential to be able to perform the role realistically. When preparing a role, the actor must know the given circumstances. We retrieve this knowledge from the playwright. The given circumstances are always based on fact and never interpretation. FOR EXAMPLE: Yerma desperately wants children but cannot have them because her husband is sterile. As an actor, in order to play the role of Yerma or any other character successfully, I would have to thoroughly study the play before taking on the role. Stanislavski wanted total accuracy for realism. He could not stand people who guessed and made up things that were not really there. FOR EXAMPLE: Making a modern day version of a Shakespearian play. With this in mind, to get the most accurate and believable characters, the actor must pay attention to finer details. FOR EXAMPLE: Historical, economic, and social context or the play. The before and after time of a character is influenced by the given circumstances and so when preparing, this is another aspect that needs to be taking into consideration. FOR EXAMPLE: Whatever happened to Yerma in her before time
An Evaluation of my Performance in Lord Of The Flies In March I performed in Lord Of The Flies and played the role as Piggy. In the first rehearsals my group (which consisted of Andrew Bridle, James Browning and me) decided what play we would like to do. A lot other groups were deciding to do comedies. In order to stand out in the exam we decide to do something serious. Then James Browning then came up with the idea of acting out Lord Of The Flies. It was almost perfect for us because we were all children and a couple of consecutive scenes mostly contained three parts. After choosing the play we were going to perform we had to edit the play so that only three people were in the play at one time. After editing the play it was time to learn our lines. This is one of my weaknesses so I had to spend a lot of time learning them. After that I asessed my character, Piggy, and considered how I would portray him. Piggy was a clever boy and comes from a poor background. He is fat and not too good looking. When we rehearsed I tried to put these aspects into practice. I wore plenty of layers, glasses and 3/4 length shorts. I thought that if he was quite fat and the weather was very hot and humid he should sit down for most of the play. By the time we had the props sorted out and had learned our lines it was the day of our performance to parents of the school. I had
Dance Commentary To begin the project, we were given a visual stimulus in the form of Composition IV by Wassily Kandinsky; after taking down our initial ideas for development- such as the dividing lines through the painting, and the heavier use of colour on one side that suggested to us that two different forces were taking place in the painting- we considered how these ideas may be transferred into the actions that would make up our dance piece. From these initial ideas, we began to expand on the concept of the two sides of the painting, and the use of military figures on the border, could represent the contrasting states of War and Harmony (something which would work well not only in terms of relationships between dancers with differing themed actions, but would also make an impact aesthetically with a variety of space-usage and levels). We chose to explore this all beyond words by firstly improvising a gestural motif- inspired partly by the work of Lea Anderson as a stylistic model- that could work almost interchangeably, subject to action type (i.e harsh actions such as slapping the floor to suggest ‘War’). Something else we wished to incorporate was the idea of using sticks to create our own beat against the music, insinuating war as unnatural but also giving us the convenient freedom to physically express war and dictate our own dynamics. Through improvisation,
The form and structure of a play is the way in which the playwright has decided to put across their intentions to us, the audience. Bouncers.
The form and structure of a play is the way in which the playwright has decided to put across their intentions to us, the audience. In Bouncers, the play is made up of many scenes, but these are continuous intervened and the scenes are juxtaposed. The play perceives the idea of flash backs but is not necessarily flashing back to the past, but is flashing back to the continuation of the scene as of the intervention. The play consists of three monologues spoken by Eric. In the monologues, Eric is able to convey his personal opinions of situations. The fact that Eric is the only character who has monologues shows his authority in comparison to the others. Godber continuously switches scenes in-order for us to not loose interest in the action and it also creates suspense as we are left with a cliffhanger continuously. After a scene, we are instantly taken into a more dramatic scene etc. This makes us wonder what will happen in the previous scene, each scene is linked, and therefore allows us to see what is happening for example in both the women's and men's dressing rooms! This way we are kept interested as we don't have to be focused on one subject matter continuously, it also adds humour at the fact that when they change scene they seem to change character and gender. A rap is used in the beginning of the play, which changes the usual rhythm to a play, (it a contrast to a
Coram boy review The performance took place in the national theater and I went to see the Coram Boy, which was the name of the performance we was watching I went on a Friday. My first impression on entering the theatre was that I thought it was too posh for us to be in it and everywhere we went we saw posh people. As I had walked in I did see a programme/poster and I thought I was in for a boring night and only old people would like this show but I was wrong. The way I was feeling was tired and bored and I ain't going to lie I wanted to see the play badly because I was convinced by friends in a year older than me that when they was in year 10 and they saw Coram boy it was good and that it was worth your time and it will help you proceed and progress in your grade's for gcse drama. They used a moving stage circle. Yes it changed. The stage changed because it was moving in and out and it stopped sometimes. The set suited the performance a bit but I don't think it did The space was used very well because they didn't use a lot of props and the change was big meaning the stage was big because they were able to spread the performance out wider. The show only had one level. Music was used and it was used fantastically the effects was suitable because it described every detail and what was happening in the play. In the play lighting was used. The lighting was used mainly on
Theatre in Shakespeare's Time There were about 10 open-air amphitheatres in Shakespeare's time. The one that is the most famous and that has now been renovated is The Globe theatre. However, The Theatre was the first London playhouse, built in 1576 by the English actor and entrepreneur James Burbage. He was a great friend of Shakespeare. It was located in a northern suburb of London. The building is describe a vast, polygonal, three-story timber structure, open to the sun and rain (Because there was no electricity in those days). Its exterior was coated with lime and plaster. It had features similar to the future Globe playhouse and other playhouses of those days. Such as galleries, upper rooms, a tiring house (in which the actors kept their store of props, costumes, and playbooks and prepared themselves for their performance.) and trap doors in the stage floor. Like the Globe, the Theatre had two external staircases, standing on either side of the building, and leading up to the galleries. Those people, who watched from the main "yard" surrounded by the comfortable covered galleries, were forced to stand during the entire performance. The Theatre was home to many acting companies, but was used primarily by Shakespeare's acting troupe the Chamberlain's Men, after 1594. In the globe, the two stage posts were very large since they had to hold the large cover or sky, which
The Menstrual Cycle At day one the endometrium (womb lining) is breaking down because of the drop in progesterone at the end of the previous cycle. The low level of progesterone allows follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) to be secreted by the pituitary gland. The rise in FSH stimulates the development of an egg in the ovary and the production of oestrogen by the cells surrounding the egg. Between days six and twelve the developing egg releases increasing amounts of oestrogen which #1 makes the endometrium thicken #2 eventually reaches a level which tells the pituitary gland to release luteinising hormone (LH). #3 reduces the production of FSH which causes a drop in oestrogen production. #4 days thirteen to fourteen LH peaks this stimulates ovulation then the LH makes cells grow in the space where the egg was (corpus luteum) and the cells release progesterone. Days fifteen to twenty four progesterone maintains the endometrium and increases its blood supply. It inhibits the production of FSH and LH. Days twenty five to twenty eight the low level of LH allows the corpus luteum to break down it no longer makes progesterone and the next period starts. If the egg is fertilised and implants the corpus luteum goes on producing progesterone until the placenta is developed enough to make its own the high levels of progesterone prevent the endometrium and the developing baby from
Fantastic Four The mise-en-scene of the clip provides the audience with the harsh, extreme setting you would expect to find in an action/adventure movie. The establishing shot shows the vastness of the mountain range and displays to the viewer the severe weather conditions in which the characters are in, by displaying two of the main characters skiing in these harsh conditions it connotes to audience that both characters are brave and not afraid of a challenge. The weather and setting determines the mood of the characters as it is clear they are having an adrenaline rush and are excited at the prospect of taking part in such a dangerous sport therefore displaying not only their bravery but also that they are not afraid of taking on things which are risky and potentially very harmful. The element of risk-taking and danger is all shown through the décor. The lighting throughout the scene is incredibly high-key there are few shadows and also the setting enhances the brightness and the hostility of the mountain range. The deep space of the scene shows the characters and how fast they are moving down the side of the mountain, the contrast in costumes is shown as the camera tracks the two characters skiing down the side of the mountain as the camera is tracking them the costumes stand and out and make it easy to differentiate between the Anna Jones
How did the rehearsal and the production process contribute to the final performance? The work, as a whole, developed at a slow but methodical pace that only speeded up in the final few weeks of rehearsal. This was structured carefully by planning every lesson the day before so we could use our time more effectively, this made sure we were on target through the whole process and we could schedule enough time for any modifications that the piece needed and allowed us to plan numerous run-throughs of the play before our tech/dress rehearsal and the final performance. This meant that we were prepared and had made sure that our piece was as fantastic as it could be for our performance, in our final performance this came through as we were organised and focussed with all our transitions and