of the audience, you were affected by specific production elements?In February 2004, I went to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchesterto see a production of Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of LittleVoice. As an audience member I found a lot of the production elementsvery affective. The stage was in the round and to me this created more intimacy, asthe actors were closer to the audience and on the same level.
This wasaffective because I thought that the audience was more involved with theplay this way and I felt that I was part of the story and part of LV’saudience for when she sings. The stage had a record label in the center of it. To me, this showedthat the play was mostly based on music. When LV was singing in the clubthe record label rotated. This was affective to me because not only couldall of the audience see LV but it showed that her heart is in the musicand that she needs to stop the record to get out of this quiet girl whogets walked all over that she has become i. e.Order now
she needs to confront hermother to get out of her rut and be who she wants to be. This alsorepresented to me that the stage was just a view of the world in LV’shead; her world had just collapsed into the record and her life and mindrevolves around her and he father’s love of music. Each section of the record was a different room but each room stilloverlapped to create more intimacy. For example, two legs of LV’s bedwere on her bedroom carpet and the other two actually on the pavement. Tome, I thought that this frightened LV as she appeared to be a privateperson but even people walking along the street, outside her house, werestill too close to her for her liking.
This piece of set design wasaffective as to me as a member of the audience, I felt that passers-byand even the audience appeared to be in LV’s bedroom and maybe in herhead and this made her even more insecure and private. This was affectiveto me as I live in a terraced house and this has just shown me thatpeople walking by my house can be within 18 inches of me. . . even completestrangers and this is quite a scary thought.
LV has a certain route around her house and takes it quite a lot. There was a section of carpet leading from the bedroom to the living roomand this represented the stairs. This was affective because there wasn’tanother possible way of creating two floors as there were galleries inthe theatre, yet there was still a strong image of there being two floorsjust because one small piece of carpet was so symbolic. The shape of thecarpet was also in a stair-like shape.
Also, it showed that she has thesecertain habits for security yet she is still trapped by themThe living room had a sofa, two chairs, and a coffee table with anashtray on it, a television set, and a table for the TV to sit on. Therewere also 4 audience seats on stage next to one of the chairs. This invadesthe privacy of whoever is sitting in the living room. The kitchen had a sink with a fridge underneath it and a kettle; therewas also a table with two chairs. There was also a huge telegraph pole inthe kitchen too. To me, this symbolised the electricity failing and alsothe excuse of LV going out of her room, the only place that she feels safe,and exposing herself to people.
This was affective because it showed thatLV does have some courage and that she doesn’t jut trap herself in herroom. This telegraph pole also dominated the set as there was a part of itall around – the wires ran over the heads of the audience. This was centralto the story as the telephone is what brings Billy into LV’s life so eventhough it was Mari’s phone