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The Inspector Calls

The Birling Family and Gerald are all one body. They all do their part so the body can function normally, just like the inspector said at the end of the play before he departed "we are members of one body. " (Pg. 56). Eva Smith aka Daisy Renton is a hidden tumour that the Birlings or Gerald want to keep as a dark secret. The Inspector is like the Doctor who exposes the tumour and gets them to admit they all have done something wrong to contribute to the illness. The first person to be interrogated is Mr Birling, the father of the family. We learn that Eva Smith had worked for him at his factory two years ago. He fired...

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The Explosion

As I arrived in the plane, I looked out of the window with great anticipation. I saw the volcano it was colossal, I could feel the blistering heat coming from the volcano, even though I was still in the plane. And there was lava squirting out of the summit like nothing I have ever seen before. Mauna Loa is renowned for its unpredictability, and it was practically unstable now. It was like an egg being boiled until it finally cracked, but in this case it would not be the soft yellow centre squirting out, it would be a vast flow of molten lava oozing out, with rocks soaring into the sky like a space shuttle departing for space. This was the...

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A Kestrel for a Knave

He stopped feeling, and straightened up quickly, holding the hawk in his hand. Fresh tears descended the ragged cliff side of his face, mingled with the dirt on his cheeks, welled up at the bottom of his chin, and dropped as shiny brown globules onto the limp corpse of Kes. Through his blurred and bloodshot eyes Billy begun to examine the hawk; pulling out and stretching its unresisting wings, realigning its twisted and broken neck, and finally staring into its glassy eyes, which were now just small, cold umber marbles, devoid of any life. Blinded by the now steady stream of salty water pouring down his face, Billy, hawk clutched close to his chest, turned on his heel and ran, slipping...

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Plot and subplot

The play is set in Victorian Norway. Mrs Nora Helmer and Mr Torvald Helmer seem, on the surface to live a very happy middle class life. But from the outset of the play we see that there may be cracks in this relationship. In the first scene we see Nora lie to her husband about eating macaroons. The way that her husband talks to her is very patronising in this section and the rest of the play. "Has my little songbird been indulging herself in town today? " We can see therefore, from the outset that Torvald treats Nora as a chid, and consequently they cannot have a healthy adult relationship. We also find in this section a key idea to...

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Social conventions Of marital life

In Ibsen's symbolic play "A Doll House", Nora is the bird, and her marriage is the cage. A bird may have beautiful wings, but within a cage, the beautiful wings are useless. Within the cage, the bird is not fulfilling the potential for which it was created - it is merely a household decoration. Externally, Nora is a beautiful creature entertaining her husband with the beautiful images of an obedient wife, but internally, she is a desperate creature longing to explore her potential outside the cage of her marriage. In a society dominated by the expectations of men, Nora must choose between the obligations determined by her role as wife in disagreeing to the obligations of self, in determining her true...

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Secret copying work

"No; only merry. And you have always been so kind to me. But our house has been nothing but a playroom. Here I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I used to be papa's doll-child. And the children, in their turn, have been my dolls. I thought it fun when you played with me, just as the children did when I played with them. That has been our marriage, Torvald. " In order to attain adulthood Nora must leave this existence behind. Without the audience of the times understanding of this it is acceptable that the play was not as well received by some. Therefore I believe that the real question maybe; Were the people who thought the play...

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The Biblical Archetypes in The Stone Angel

In the same fashion that the law binds the Biblical Hagar to Abram and Sarah, Hagar Shipley is bound by the Currie code of values, the Shipley freedom, and the Manawakan elitist attitude, in addition to her own pride. Hagar Shipley is a modernised version of the Biblical Hagar, in that, people can no longer be bound as slaves in western culture but are, quite often, bound by personal or social restraints, like Hagar is. Hagar's freedom is limited by the conflicting influences in her own life. The Currie virtue keeps Hagar from expressing any outward form of emotion, which, ultimately, limits or ruins the majority of her relationships, including her marriage to Brampton Shipley. Initially attracted to the Shipley casualness...

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The borrowing system

In the play, “Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, portrays the protagonist, Nora as a very child-like character who understands a man’s world better than she will let on. She is treated very similarly to a doll; she is played with and treated like a child. Her husband Torvald Helmer does not believe that Nora understands the world of money and business. Nora doesn’t let on that she does, and she plays along to this facade of being someone with no knowledge on the outside world. It is evident that she is aware of the world of business when she says “” In business, you know things called quarterly payment and …. I couldn’t save much out of the housekeeping money” (Ibsen,...

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A Doll House by Ibsen and The Metamorphosis by Kakfa

Nature of Study: In the Beginning of Both A Doll House by Ibsen and The Metamorphosis by Kakfa, Nora and the Samsa family seem to be overwhelmingly dependent of Torvald and Gregor. However, they both continuously change throughout the play and the novel. And my intent is to examine this change and come to the conclusion that both are better off without the support and guidance they've been given. Strategy Employed: Formal Essay Although Kafka portrays the Samsa family as dependents of Gregor in the beginning of Metamorphosis, and Ibsen also portrays Nora as a wife who depends on the support and guidance of her husband in A Doll House, both the Samsa family and Nora prove they can be independent...

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Arvin-and-Edgar team bolsters Long Wharf

More than 20 years since taking over the highest positions at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre, Arvin Brown and M. Edgar Rosenblum still share an office. It's not because they are required to. Since Brown became the theatre's artistic director 25 years ago and Rosenblum joined him as executive director three years later, the two have seen the theatre's facilities twice expanded. What began as a rabbit warren of offices with one performing space in 1965 is now a relatively expansive complex with rehearsal rooms, production shops, offices and two performing spaces. "The fundamental things are now in place, 25 years later," Rosenblum says with hard-earned humor. What is apparent is that Brown and Rosenblum's shared space is as fundamental as the cement...

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Modern Horror

"Gothic", a term primarily used to describe the style of architecture that flourished in Western Europe during the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. However, the word "Gothic" was originally familiarised be Italian Renaissance writers as a term for all art and architecture of the middle ages, which they recognised as comparable to the works of the barbarian Goths. The Gothic period or last medieval era immediately followed the Romanesque style, which is now universally considered as one of Europe's outstanding artistic Genres. Gothic idiom reached its greatest heights of expression in the of of Literature. The style of writing was most popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and still prevails today. The revival of the gothic phenomenon coincided with...

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The Tempest and Dreams

It is crucial to realize however, that imagination is not restricted solely to the conclusions of both The Tempest and Dreams. Imagination is required throughout each piece, involving myself from the beginning, to end. Although imagination is necessary in both, each requires it for different purposes. In order to fully grasp The Tempest, it was necessary for me to imagine the setting more then I was required to in Dreams which described it in elaborate terms. Also, I found that Dreams made me question certain beliefs that I held, where as I accepted more of the standards in The Tempest. For example, in Dreams, Everett proposes a rather intriguing question that triggered my imagination for possible explanations. "'The only place that...

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An Inspector Calls

Account for the success and popularity of 'An Inspector Calls' over fifty-eight years. Refer to one or two scenes in your answer. Priestley wrote 'An Inspector Calls' in 1945. The play is set in the year 1912 and is at first sight a 'straightforward detective thriller' as Tim Bezant says in his Introduction. Mysteries appeal to everybody. This may be because there is a lot of suspense, causing tension. If 'An Inspector Calls' is a very popular play, this is probably one of the main reasons. This work also explores the changes that take place - or not, as the case may be - in human beings when their consciences are affected. It is, above all, a play with a message. At...

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An Inspector Calls

"An Inspector Calls" was written by J.B priestly in 1945. The play was set in 1912. The play takes place in a big rich house. The play is about an inspector. His name is Inspector Goole, and he went to investigate about this girl that committed suicide. The girl drank some strong disinfectant and burned her insides out. The girls name is Eva Smith/Daisy Renton. The inspector starts his investigation by disturbing a family celebration. The family's name is the Birlings. They were celebrating the engagement of there daughter Sheila Birling who was getting married to a man named Gerald Croft. They were both rich and upper class family. In this essay I am going to write about the roles...

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Very scary play

We were equally accepting of their creative use of the props, believing the wicker basket to become the pony and trap or a train. This was mainly due to the actor’s use of the multi-functional props like the jolting when on the trap/train, but was helped by other elements, like the recorded sound of the horse’s hooves for the pony and trap. However the actor’s skill alone was enough for us to believe in something. The dog, spider, didn’t exist in any shape or form, yet we believed in him because the actors did. Ben Deery always knew exactly what the dog was doing and where it was onstage, constantly looking at and interacting with it. When Deery and Acton...

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The Woman in Black Review

On the 14th of September the Sexey’s School drama students went to The Fortune Theatre, London and saw the performance of ‘The Woman in Black’. The play was riveting to watch and made the audience scream on more than one occasion; it developed a great sense of tension and created a high level of anxiety in the audience. The plot of the play explored the horror of drama to its bitter ends and combined the power and intensity of live theatre with some of the best effects from cinematic horror shows. Although it was performed by the majority of only two men, Michael Mears and Orlando Wells, it was easy to follow character changes and the swapping between different roles. The...

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The play Bouncers by John Godber

During our 6 hour workshop we explored the play Bouncers by John Godber. The play was discussed briefly; we talked about how Bouncers is similar to the world we live in today and what lessons we can be taught from Bouncers and Godber. Still images/narration - An effective still image or narration is one that is very clear to your audience. Your audience needs to understand what is going on without you as an actor doing or saying a lot. During our performance we used certain dramatic techniques such as, subtext, levels and space. Subtext from the actor/actress is a way of giving the audience a better understanding of the image, not through physical action, but through subliminal messages. For example -...

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The Harder They Come

This is my introduction on my essay about the issues in the play "The Harder They Come" and the themes it involves. The Harder They Come is a hard story about a young man called Ivan who had left the country and visited the city hoping to get a life of stardom. Ivan's story is a message telling you to go for your dream and never give it up; though Ivan went for his dream he went for it all the wrong way. The Harder they come is a strong story I believe showing that a lot of people will do anything and everything to achieve their dream. In this play Ivan turns to a life of crime to make...

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To kill Dolores

In my opinion, the lead actress, Patina Miller was amazing, and her performance lacked nothing. However, the stronger character was the character of the mother superior, although she had a simpler role; I felt it was played to its full extent. I think that Patina Miller cleverly expressed her character's struggles to the audience, and she gave a clear example of how a person in the character's situation would behave. I felt that her performance was realistic, yet had the perfect balance of comedy, and drama. As for Sheila Hancock's character, I thought she portrayed Mother Superior in an excellent fashion, and used her lines cleverly, and added her own sense of style to the character. She also pulled the audience...

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Review of Taming Of the Shrew

I watched an abridged version of this play on Monday, 13 October 2008 in the drama hall of my school Kidbrooke School. It was written by William Shakespeare, directed by Miss Hagan and performed by the Drama Club. The play was about a father, who has two daughters Katherine, the elder one and Bianca. Many men fancy Bianca, however she cannot be wed as the father Baptista Minola decides that Katherine the eldest should marry first, if she has not been taken as a wife no one could marry Bianca. Many men in the city of Padua disagree with the decision as the all are in love with Bianca and in fear of Katherine and therefore try to make deals with...

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Performance analysis of Murder at the Manor

The performance “Murder at the Manor” was an eccentric and comic piece of theatre. It was very interesting and fun to watch. There is a lot to say about the set, costume, sound, lighting, characters, and units of action, dialogue, pacing, director and special effects. The set was a house, a living room with a sofa, a plant, and a picture and barely furnished. Everything happened in that room, there was no change of set. It was a simple set that created a natural atmosphere. The objects added to the atmosphere but didn’t distract the audience. The actors were not always on set, some spoke offstage and you could hear people walking on stairs. When they were on stage it was...

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Modern and stylish with colourful patterns

The costumes were all very well picked out to suit the different characters. Lucy's outfit was very modern and stylish with colourful patterns and high heels which suited her quite proud character. Her outfit was also quite tight fitting and provocative. Mac wore a suit which showed his superiority in his gang. The gangs costumes also helped separate their different characters-e.g. Snape wore a black suit with shades, which indicated that he was the cool guy in the gang and another member wore torn jeans and covered his face showing that he was the tough guy- the real gangster amongst the others. The lighting didn't change very much throughout the play- it was a bright flood across the stage and it...

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Journey of black history

Rivers to Cross is an admirable play that takes you on a wistful journey of black history, over a time period of 174 years. The atmosphere of the play is set as commemorative, yet at the same time accusing of the audience and through the use of multimedia and contemporary dance and song, Gazebo Theatre Company introduces many unknown, black characters to the audience's knowledge. While listening to the song 'Many Rivers to Cross' before I watched the play, I felt the hardships and suffering that black people have faced throughout the 174 year journey. I felt the song was symbolic of a unity that had suffered racism and prejudice to a major extent, but still had faith. To me,...

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Compare and contrast the declaration of admiration by Lord Byron

Compare and contrast the declaration of admiration by Lord Byron 'She Walks in Beauty' and the declaration of love by John Clare 'First Love' Both poets lived in the romantic period. Byron was born in 1788 and died in 1824 and Clare was born in 1793 and died in 1864. Byron was an aristocrat and had a good education. That's why he uses such sophisticated words in his poem. Instead Clare who received only basic schooling uses simple words. Byron was recognized for influencing second-class poets. Byron was married for a year and had a daughter. Clare was married and had several children. Clare spent his last 23 years in an asylum. His poetry is mostly about natural scenery and country...

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The Speckled Band

The Man with the twisted lip is an unusual story from Conan Doyle, in this story when Holmes goes to visit the jail, you would expect him to produce some detective stuff, like magnifying glass, but instead he pulls out a bath sponge. He is a highly respected detective, so why did he do that? It was humour and off the wall. This is now looking at it in a new angle. Sherlock Holmes is very astute and is able to read a situation well. He puts himself above the law, on occasions, which concerns us even when villains such as Dr Grimsbey Roylott in "The Speckled Band" have been on the receiving end. "...

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Charles Dickens

Assignment: Charles Dickens uses a variety of techniques to keep his reader interested and entertained. Discuss this in relation to 'Great Expectation'. We have been studying 'Great Expectations' for our pre 1914 prose, it is written by Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens uses an array of techniques to keep his readers interested, this includes an entertaining storyline, use of description, first person narrative, creating suspense, the presentation of social issues, characterisation and the themes to be a gentleman. Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' storyline keeps the reader interested by providing an exuberating storyline. The brief outline of the story is Pip encounters a convict and is threatened for food and drink, he is later on invited by Miss Havisham to play with Estella at...

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Knock Against My Heart

This hour-long play, written by Oladipo Agboluaje and developed by Theatre Centre in collaboration with the highly acclaimed Brazilian theatre company Nos de Morro, is set in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is the base for this company, so the play was partly spoken in Portuguese with English translation. Having been told this beforehand, I expected it to be mainly in English but with Shakespearian language as the writer made known that play storyline was drawn form The Tempest. The Unicorn Theatre isn't a very big theatre in terms of size and mainly aims their plays at a younger audience so I thought the storyline would be simple to understand with likable characters and audience interaction. With...

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Audiences perspective

The actors used direct address to interact with the audience a lot throughout the performance and especially the pre show. I watched them sit and talk with other people but they were completely in character whilst doing this. They all had their scarves around the head and one of the actors had some knitting in her hand, so it was clear that this character was a story telling granny narrator. Repeatedly, they would say "Oh dear" to people. This was effective as you could tell that it was building up to the story and tragedy. Direct address is always effective to an audience in my opinion. It makes it a greater experience for the audience as you're involving them and they...

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Ancient Greece

In Ancient Greece, the name of the monstrous murdering mother Medea was well- known. The story of Medea, the mysterious sorcerer-princess who helped Jason steal the famous Golden Fleece from her father, is a mythical romance with a terrible, terrible ending. Splendid's new creative adaptation puts the audience at the heart of the performance, as a twenty-first century chorus presents a timeless tale of passion, betrayal and revenge. The performance took the audience through all sorts of emotions, as the story of a mother and wife took revenge on her hero husband that betrayed her by cheating with a princess. Medea takes revenge so far and even though she is banished from her city, she takes the ultimate revenge on...

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