Kemp employs characters whose desires, dreams, imagination and memories to allow a feminine consciousness to shift from outer awareness to inner sensibility without time restraint. The plays ‘Still Angela’ and ‘Ruby Moon’ give no answers encouraging the audience to form their own personal understanding, the intention being for each individual audience member to gain their own conscious and subconscious
'Cosi' is a semi-autobiographical play written by Louis Nowra, who explores the minds of patients and how they progress over time whilst being trapped in the confinements of the asylum as 'mental patients'. Lewis Riley the protagonist of play is ultimately transformed from a place that is far more depressing, not having much money to a world filled with love, insanity, comicality, illusions and senses of discovering self identity and self confidence. Placed into an environment where manic personalities are at large, Lewis the young director has taken up a challenge of directing a group of ill minded individuals to perform the opera Cosi fan tutte, a challenge which in time benefits the patients along with Lewis himself. However it is not the
Her current self, that is removed from her previous, more sane state, is becoming confortable in the room and feels she can do what she wants in it, however her recollection which still hangs with her drives her to feel the need to rip down the yellow wallpaper. This wallpaper which she feels symbolizes her prison when she was first shut off in the room, hypothetically imprisoning her former self. I really have discovered something at last.Through watching so much at night, when it changes so, Ihave finally found out.The front pattern DOES move--and no wonder! The
Throughout the performance, characters were abruptly entering and exiting the stage through the doors of the apartment. Wintersteen designed the apartment so that each door was visible to the audience, but inside each room was hidden. Consequentially, the actions of the characters inside the rooms were left to the viewer’s imagination, which added suspense during the chaotic scenes. Overall, the stage was designed in a way that gave additional context to the story and promoted the theme of chaos by the efficient placements of exits
“Cosi is more about love than madness” The play within a play “Cosi Fan Tutte” does more than divert patients from their isolated wards, the play itself conveys Lewis Nowra’s viewpoints upon certain issues faced in the 1800’s as well as the 1970’s. Located in a burnt out theatre, the initially anxious director “Lewis” directs a group of mental patients to perform the play Cosi Fan Tutte. Although the central theme explored throughout the play draws comparison to mental illness, the play most importantly demonstrates Nowra’s viewpoint about Love and fidelity within cosi and Cosi Fan Tutte as well as society external to the walls of the asylum. In order to illustrate his viewpoints throughout the play, Nowra uses an extensive amount of literary techniques in order to capture the reader and create and emotional response towards the themes within the play. Ultimately, Cosi fan Tutte is about madness, however the play also demonstrates the significance of love and fidelity throughout.
Sammy knew this, but didn’t mind too much because of his infatuation with the change in norm. These girls were different and stood out. Mr. Lengel did not like this and decided that he was going to do something about it. Throughout Mr. Lengel’s interaction with the girls, he says, “This isn’t the beach,” on multiple occasions in order to create an emphasis on his main point. Due to this repetitiveness, it is discovered that Mr. Lengel is most likely a firm boss that appreciates when things are done properly.
By Act 2, Nowra let the audience see the humanity in the patients using the play within the play by allowing us to see their back stories and why they are in the mental institution, testing the audiences prejudices about the mentally ill as well as the reality of mental institutions. The stereotype that all people who are patients of an asylum are ‘loonies’ and dangerously violent was dismissed to a certain extent for Doug was seen as an extreme danger to everyone and Cherry and Henry did show signs of violence. The end with Lewis pulls the audience back to reality after such a successful night by not giving the audience the happy ending that was to be expected. This sorrowful ending implies that ‘asylums are the most inefficient places on this earth.’ To conclude, Nowra’s purpose of having the play within a play in Cosi was to allow the characters of the play to give their thoughts on the themes of Cosi Fan Tutte thus giving the audience a deeper understanding of the issues such as love and fidelity, sanity and insanity and to really test the prejudices that the audience hold against the mentally ill. ‘They are normal people who have done extraordinary things, thought extraordinary
but these nervous troubles are dreadfully depressing” (Gilman 2). The author is using a semi-autobiographical technique to show that the narrator was being left in the house for the whole day and she was not supposed to do anything. However when John was out for work for the whole day, she could write how much ever she wants because no one was there to stop her. When the narrator explains that she writes when her husband is not at home that shows gender role because she is hiding it from her husband. She is hiding it from her husband because he didn’t let her write anything or do anything, because in Victorian times, women had less opportunity than men.
In Act 2 of ‘An Inspector Calls’ , Sheila says to her mother, Mrs Birling, “But we must stop these silly pretences”. How does Priestley show, in his presentation of Mrs Birling, that she often pretends to be something she is not? | In ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B Priestly, Mrs Birling is presented as a character of contrasts. Throughout the play, she attempts to present herself as something that she is not, meaning that she tries to give a false impression of herself. Firstly, J.B Priestly uses other characters to reveal and highlight her the contrasting sides of her personality.
“There comes John, and I must put this away- he hates to have me write a word.” (4). Besides the secret writing, the only thing for her to do in the room is stare at the wallpaper. The more she stares into the nothingness of the room, the wallpaper changes from just being ugly to having patterns. “The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern just as if she wanted to get out.” (11). Eventually, the patterns change to a sub-pattern of a desperate crawling woman who she sees as a reflection of