Elements of Drama

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Year 11: Semester One Drama Responding Task “The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin” By Hannah Baklas The elements of drama are essentially what make a live performance enjoyable for the audience to watch. But, more so than that it’s what gives the play it’s special meaning behind it. The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin utilized and manipulated these drama elements excellently, resulting in an enjoyable performance. This essay will focus on analyzing two of the elements of drama- the human context and symbols. First let us consider the human context. Scapin’s usual role is to accidentally attract attention (of the wrong kind) and then find ways to elude and escape whilst still looking like an innocent little ‘creature’. Using cunning and daring plans and lying and cheating he was able to be successful. In The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin, a female played Scapin although it is known to be a male part. It is interesting to note how at the end of the play Amanda Hartley who played Scapin said that rather than turn the part into that of a male as it should have been, she turned it into a ‘creature’- not male and not female, but somewhere in between. Certainly Scapin had male attributes and at times female attributes but the fact that she was a female supposedly playing a male it at times became hard to understand exactly what gender Scapin was. At the beginning it was especially hard when you saw that Scapin was a female but kept on making perverted gestures towards females leaving you thinking. “What is going on…?” The Mischievous Machinations of Scapin did indeed take proper advantage of using the element of symbols throughout the performance. Each character had their own particular object or ‘symbol’ that you never saw them without. Octave with his mirror is an excellent example. As soon as he walked onstage he had it with
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