THE ACTOR AND THE DRAMATURGE By definition an actor is a person whose profession is to perform in a theatrical play, film or on television. They are the ones who are directed and told exactly what to do and when. They don’t tend to have any say on how a scene is performed, how the script is written or the devising of a piece of theatre, they simply act it out. A dramaturge however is a professional position within a theatre company that deals mainly with research and development of plays. One of the dramaturge's jobs is to categorise and discuss the various types of plays, the way they connect with each other and their styles.
Four major themes that Shakespeare includes in his play are greed, hatred, revenge, anger, and excessive pride all of which humans express naturally. Shakespeare establishes these themes through the personalities of his characters, their dialogue, and the events that take place throughout the play. These events also reveal the many features of human nature and Shakespeare’s outlook on the way humans behave and interact all of which are reflected within Hamlet. A significant
Through body, voice, movement space I express the ideas and concepts of the play within historical context and the plays contexts. In the play I play Child 3, Midwife, Male duo, Manager, factory hand, and female manager as well as being part of the chorus which was a huge part of our play. In this statement of intent I’ll express the sense of characterization I wanted to have and talk about each character and how I used them to express our main themes through drama techniques. I’ll also talk about how chorus is used to express important themes and how we have to be on stage focused at all times. Male Duo: Role, Time, Place- I play one of the men in Male Duo with mackenzie.
Analysis of Language in the Crucible by Arthur Miller I am interested to analyze the languange in the Crucible since as we know Language is an essential aspect in our everyday lives. We use language to communicate or inform the people around us what we feel or what we desire. We can communicate effectively with our words, gesture and tone of voice. According to David Rush, “Language is the element through which a play’s events are communicated; hearing the characters talk to each other lets the audience perceive and understand the play’s meaning”. Rush added two different ways of how words reveal the ideas within a play.
The imagery uses colours, comparisons and intricate descriptions to help the reader to visualize, what the writer wants to describe. Character, with this technique a character can speak an aside; that is directly address the audience to reveal something about the story, other characters about himself. Plots and Subplots, this is when the action of the play cuts back and forth between several story lines, the audience is left wondering what is going to happen. Technology, the use of effective lighting was used to support the drama. A blackout at the end of a scene is a technique used to heighten a drama, low light creating a frightening effect, bright light creating a happy, even
It can also be related to all of human interaction. According to Melanie Beddie (2006) in her studies in The Dramaturgies Project, the study of dramaturgical theory has recently become popular in theatre. “What is clear is that ‘dramaturgy’ is now conducted and continually re-created in process through engagement with the terms, the means, the grounds, the suppositions and the questions that emerge in the space of and place of performance.” (Beddie, 2006,
My first point talks about the difference between script and dialogue. A script is a written material used to prepare actors for filming. A script is meant to be followed to a point where a dialogue is never written down to make it different every time. According to McCaslin (2006), “Dialogue is created by the players” in creative drama. The players use ideas from scripts or well-known stories, but they improvise by adding more to the story.
The main points of the story are the ideas of Good vs. Evil, Narrating and Story Telling, Relationships and morals; when to ‘draw the line’. The overall intention of the piece is to make the audience think about ethics and morality and whether there really is Good vs. Bad in our world and if so how we see the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in people. Very complex and intense acting is required in the play and many devices are used, Multi-characterization, for one plays a huge part in the play and has a huge effect. For example, James Weaver had to play 6
His subjects ranged from interactive public behavior to forms of speech, often following the school of symbolic interactionism. His theories facilitated a great deal of insight with regard to personality development and individual behavior. This paper will comment and critique the theoretical works of Goffman, specifically his theories of dramaturgy, impression management and stigma. The notion of Dramatrugy emerged from Goffman’s first published works, The Presentation of the Self in Everyday Life. Described as a “theatrical performance” put forth by the individual in order to control or guide the impression they are making by altering or reshaping their manner, appearance or setting thereby achieving desirable results (Goffman, 1959).
Essay Question: Offer a critical analysis of what one of the practitioners you have been studying hold to be the purpose of theatre and identify how this sense of purpose is reflected in their work. You should answer by making reference to productions or performance events and relevant critical opinion. ‘Theatre, like life, is made up of unbroken conflict between impressions and judgements – illusion and disillusion cohabit painfully and are inseparable’ (Williams, D. 1994, pg 61-70Peter Brook, A Theatrical Casebook Suffolk, Methuen) In this essay, I will explore Peter Brook and what he holds to be the purpose of theatre. I will illustrate this, and make reference to some of his directorial works, including William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and his controversial adaptation of the Sanskrit epic poem ‘The Mahabharata’. Peter Brook is one of the leading directors of the last hundred years.