INTRODUCTION: The 2017 dramatic comedy theatre performance Constellations by Nick Payne follows the lives of Roland and Marianne through the span of many different alternate realities each being slightly different from one another. This play is very good at its job effectively engaging a contemporary audience. This performance entices the audience with its unique and effective story telling style. The director Kat Henry uses the dramatic conventions of heightened realism, absurdism and post modernism, in combination with many dramatic elements such as time and space to create an interesting outcome that really leaves the audience wanting more information to peace the puzzle together.
Zimmerman’s script of The Odyssey informs actors’ as she interprets her stage direction and dialog from Homer in a way he could not. In many ways, The Odyssey is about Telemachus’s homecoming as much as Odysseus, especially in Book I. As throughout Book I, the demeanor towards “young Telemachus” who is the “prince of the house” as his “god-like” father is assumed dead all while the suitors continue to take advantage of his required hospitality. Zimmerman’s dialog attempts to mimic Homer’s original characters’ dialog that is dense with imagery and epithets such as “thoughtful Telemachus” (Homer) are lost in translation. When Telemachus is tasked with interacting with the suitors in Zimerman’s play his awkward and naivete is highlighted as the suitors demean him.
Oprah Winfrey uses her Cecil B de Mille acceptance speech to cast light on societal issues of corruption, discrimination, objectification, and racism. Oprah’s speech reflects an age and dialogue of constant controversy and arguable division surrounding allegations of sexual assault, mistreatment, and the seemingly unthinkable idea of an underlying patriarchy within the film industry. Oprah explores and conveys these ideas through the use of various persuasive linguistic and oratorical techniques. This is seen through her use of ethos and pathos when creating an emphatic delivery and appealing to the emotions of the audience when utilising anecdotes. This is also further seen through her repetition of female pronouns when persuading the audience
According to Zen Zen Zo, the performance demonstrates the effectiveness of the ritualistic nature of this style of theatre combined with visual and physical language provided by the lead actors and the influence of the prominent chorus work. (Zen Zen Zo, 2016) Zen Zen Zo is a theatre company that takes immense pride in their productions and aims to showcase quality performances that demonstrate a relationship between the actors and the audience that is “intimate and shocking, compelling and confrontational, ritualistic and profane.” After viewing The Cult of Dionysus, it’s evident that Zen Zen Zo was successful in presenting a ritualistic and somewhat shocking performance based on their use of the Greek and physical theatre defining
Shakespeare infers that emotional maturity is linked to sexual maturity, and that marriage is a big step that marks a transition into adulthood. Juliet becomes a woman in the eyes of society the night before Act 3 Scene 5, and uses this empowerment in her fight against her mother. Juliet breaks that bond whilst expertly spins double entendres, saying what her mother wants to hear but also saying the exact opposite. She says she will “never be satisfied” until she sees “him - dead - “is (her) poor heart for a kinsman vexed” and this could be taken in two different ways, either she wants to see Romeo dead, or she is sad for Tybalt. Once her father comes in, Juliet attempts to also sever the bond, although he manages to do it all himself, threatening “for my soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee” if she does not end up marrying Paris.
Throughout the film, we get a glimpse of morality coming from the characters. Kurzel’s idea of placing the concept of child loss at the heart of the action, especially for Lady Macbeth, and the need for closure without leaving the weapons on the battlefield, for Macbeth himself. The feeling of loss manifests itself into violence and death which paint the very picture of an authentic Shakespearean play. The film is shot considering a wide range of perspectives which include secondary and trivial characters. This aspect influenced the plot in bringing out humanity and affinity in the scenes; scenes that are only described in speeches in the stage play including the initial battle scene and, later, the gruesome deaths of Macduff’s wife and children are shown in the film.
He conducts the marriage at the end of act 2 scene 5. Where he states, ” For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone / Till Holy Church incorporate two in one.” (Shakespeare 2.5.36-37) This demonstrates how he married them and causes the domino effect that followed.
HOW DOES LADY MACBETH CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE PLAY When we are first introduced to Lady Macbeth, she is being informed of the predictions made by the witches, promising great authority for her husband through a letter. Her response to the letter from Macbeth clearly depicts her lust for power. When she said “Cawdor...shalt be what thou art promised” she almost asserts the witches predictions. And that communicates her determination to go to extreme lengths to get what she wants.
In The Tragedy of Hamlet , by William Shakespeare, some of the most significant events are mental or psychological events that make the audience feel and have an emotional connection with the characters. Moreover, these significant events are categorized as new awakenings, discoveries, and changes in consciousness that set off a mental or psychological effect to the readers. The author, Shakespeare, gives these internal events to characters such as Ophelia, Gertrude, and Hamlet throughout the play to give the sense of excitement, suspense, and climax which associate with their external action. Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius and the sister of Laertes, who both tell her to stop seeing Hamlet. To Polonius, Ophelia is an eternal virgin who
However his desire to become king drove him to murder which resulted in his death. A major theme in this play is ambition seen within characters such as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, and Macduff. Ambition in this play can be spotted in Macbeth’s wife Lady Macbeth, she was his predominate influence throughout this entire play. Whenever Macbeth second guessed himself about assassinating the king, she gave him the extra boost he needed to perform the deed. Following Macbeth talking to the witches and them prophesying to him that he will obtain the thrown he explained to his wife everything that had been told to him.
The use of monologues is the primary device employed for this purpose, allowing the audience an insight into the struggles of the mothers anguish experience in the war, “Worried and waited. Waited and agitated.” Evident in the monologues are other techniques, one of which is the multimedia backdrops which added extra characters and exploration of a variety of points of views to the story. For example, using a multimedia background additionally added to the engagement of the audience in the themes and messages of war’s effect on families. The use of a spotlight on stage, cleverly hidden in the place of a coat hanger, lit up the actors facial expressions and recreated for the audience the atmosphere of war through transporting the audience to a specific time and place.
The choreographies presented at the Cornish Dance Theater were very distinct from each other, though choreographers from both pieces put much effort on communicating devices to best deliver their intended-visions to the audiences. In MIXeD mEdia, the stage was decorated into a narrowed, light-colored setting in addition to the ballet performance, making the overall impression of the performance to be somewhat joyful and relaxing. Similarly, in Cannot Be Undone, the choreographer not only had music altering between strong-beats-fast-pace and sentimental-style-slower-pace, but also utilized varied lighting design in addition to props for creating sensational impacts. Although the two choreographers structured the performance with very different way, I believe that their intentions and motivations were alike after viewing and sharing
This is an ironic statement as Medea is actually planning to kill her children, a fact which the audience does not yet know about. Jason uses another form of rhetorical stretching, which includes his plea that leaving his wife and children was a ‘wise move’, and that the decision was made with Medea’s best interests at heart, as much an attempt to convince himself as much as the audience. The chorus is quick to point out that ‘You have betrayed your wife and are acting badly.’ The Nurse is our first instance of anagnorisis during the play. Though an ancient Greek audience would well be in tune with the stories in Greek mythology, the Nurse’s role would still have proved important, as she was a tool Euripides used to transport the audience
The Medea by Euripides and Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare mark as significant works of the ancient society the two play features aspects that are crucial to the modern society if properly analyzed. In a number of ways each of the authors to the play has illustrated the theme of betrayal each of the main characters and the events that they encounter in their life puts them in a position to betray or be betrayed by others. Elements of betrayal in Medea occur mainly to Jason and Medea based on their relationship as husband and wife. On the other hand, the aspects of betrayal evident in the case of Juliet and Romeo are due to the fact that they are lovers. One of the major similarities between the two plays is that love I the root cause of the theme of betrayal.
Upon first reading this play, emotions of anger, disappointment, and relief swirled to the surface. The fact that Medea was to escape without any consequences angered me so much, but as I thought about it more, my emotions began to shift. It wasn’t as if Medea murdering her children was something she wanted to do. She had to have gone through so much to push her to that point. How can I better justify her actions and relate it to a 21st century audience?