Shoe Horn Sonata- Analyzing the Play Essay

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Analysing the play: The Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto Act 1, Scene 1 What is happening in the scene? | Images we see | Images the audience visualises | The audience is introduced to Bridie and her experiences in the war through an interview. She talks about her life before, during and after the war and how she and the camp as a whole handled the things that happened while she was there. | * Darkness - lighting. * Voice comes from darkness. Bridie acts out bowing in camp > stage directions, "she bows stiffly…" Her stiffness is a result of life in camp. This shows that her past is still with her. * 'On Air sign' - projected setting is established. Bridie is relieving her experiences in the interview. * Bridie holds up shoe-horn. * Slides - 1940's posters of Women's Army. * Final moment contrasts with the recount Bridie has just given. | * "."Stand like that for hours - in the afternoon sun -" pauses to add emphasise to the experience. Audience is put in situation to try to empathise. * Singapore - p.g. 20 "There were chocks…" * Bombing of Singapore - p.g. 20-21 * Pauses in delivery for emphasis. Changes tone as English man to show their attitude towards the situation. * English reaction to bombing + description of escape. Bridie is sarcastic in tone. | Act 1, Scene 2 What is happening in the scene? | Images we see | Images the audience visualises | Bridie and Sheila are talking about the interview ahead. They argue. Sheila seems reluctant to be there. Bridie wants to know why Sheila came and how come she hasn't talked to Bridie since the war. They sort of have a little catch up. | * Dramatic tension between the two women. Sheila is private, a little reluctant. Bridie has the power over Sheila > establishes their relationship and suggests what it was like in the past. * Their

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