Kneehigh Theatre Analysis

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Supporting notes Section 1 The practitioner that our group has chosen to use was the theatre company Kneehigh. Based in Cornwall, they use many specific features in order to tell a story to the audience and they gain their inspiration from Cornish myths, legends and fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, etc. Kneehigh have a venue called The Asylum, a tent that can be configured in 5 ways and pitched in 1 day on any surface allowing them to perform on sight specific locations such as cliff tops, the Eden project, Restormel Castle. The main recurring elements in most kneehigh productions are: using the body to symbolise objects which could be seen as props and setting e.g. lamps, televisions, furniture etc. Also their ideas…show more content…
We decided to perform the wizard of Oz as it has a theme running throughout with the main sequence being set in a dream/fantasy and the main characters being very non-naturalistic e.g. the main 3 characters are a Lion, Tin man and a scarecrow and they are being hunted by a wicked witch who has a green face and are not characters you would likely come across. This links to kneehigh as the characters that they portray are often fairy-tale/stock characters e.g. bad witch in Hansel and Gretel. Although this musical rarely breaks the fourth wall we will incorporate this into our version to add more non naturalistic features and make our performance unique. The other elements of kneehigh such as song, dance and the asides do engage the audience in a sense that they will be clinging onto the characters dialogue and song. Another feature of kneehigh used would be multi rolling as all of the members of the group will be taking on more than one role e.g. the person playing the tin man is also playing Aunt Em and the person playing the Wicked Witch is playing the Great and Powerful…show more content…
* To portray a grotesque and physical side to the musical the Wizard of Oz. * To make the audience feel as though they are a part of the performance and to feel involved in the action. * To make the audience feel as though they are following Dorothy on her journey to Oz. An example of a live performance where elements of kneehigh as self-evident was the production of 101 Dalmatians at the New Vic theatre. The whole performance was non-naturalistic as the main characters portrayed were Dalmatian dogs played by humans and the portrayal of the characters of Pongo and Perdita was very physical in their movements encompassing Kneehigh elements e.g. dance as this was a musical and links to this aspect of theatre, singing as there were many musical numbers, multi-rolling as many of the band members were a part of the show and many times the main characters would take over as the band during songs during scene changes and puppetry. A specific performance that I have seen that involves dance to represent stage combat was in West side story where a complete fight scene was completely choreographed and thus made the scene seem more exciting and more aesthetically

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