This play was the story of the, life of charlotte salmon. It showed her life from child hood to adult hood and then her death, and also important event in her short life that affected her and in turn affected us. The play had a very dramatic story line as charlotte salmon had a very dramatic life.
In the play we saw charlotte forming close relation ships with the characters around her and yet at some point they were all taken from her, firstly her mother: they used several actors to show they many different frames of mind she was in, one calm and playing with her daughter, then frantic using all the levels and space on the stage trying in vein to talk to her husband and then getting to the point of killing her self. I think that this was a fantastic way of showing all aspects of what she was thinking. This technique was used again in the play when her grandmother became suicidal.Order now
This piece of theatre was very metaphorical, for example the furniture, at the beginning or the play that each member of the family had represented them: the father being a wardrobe with closed doors, the grand father clock that had no numbers held the grand father and the mother and grandmother being chests of draws being the same at the start and the both ended up the same way.
The window that was used in the suicides and almost for the suicide of charlotte to me was a type of portal, not to the out side world as most windows are, but to the after life. The idea of objects representing something else was used through out the play but particularly when charlotte was painting, instead of pictures she drew images that showed an aspect of the play e.g. a key meant secrets as the truth of her mother’s death had been locked in a chest and the key hidden, some these images were used again in the play for example when charlottes grandmother died the picture of grief was shown to the audience on a much bigger scale.
As the actors chose to use masks they could not use facial expression to portey emotion, so the actors had amplify their move ments, they did this very well with hand gestures and the way and speed of witch the moved, the levels of the stage were also used. They did not merely use the stage to move on, I think by covering it in white cloth it showed a new and pure chapter in charlotte life, when she started to paint.
The lighting was used quite effectively in the play, when there was a melancholy part of the play e.g. when her mother died the lighting was low, then in happier times was bright like when they were on holiday. However I do not thin that the lighting was a large part of the effects of the play.
In my opinion when the Germans came was such an anticlimax, it is such a curtail part of the play and it could have been so much more dramatic.
Technical equipment was used to draw the play to a close; an image of charlotte was projected on to a piece of cloth. She was running and then a black cloud, which I took to be the gas, engulfed her.