These typical stage directions habitually consist of “spins around in chair” (Wilder 69) and “going back to his bench” (Shaffer 68), while as in The Good Woman of Setzuan they can be long paragraphs and are often snarky. For example, Brecht gives the stage directions to Yang Sung sa... ... middle of paper ... ...ay. Only rarely do they back fire on him and cause the audience to be so detached from the play that they don’t want to be there anymore. When this is not the case, comedy is a very useful tool to alienate the audience and ultimately get an important message across. Works Cited Arts Online.
The other inspiration i want to use is dual story lines, where we act out two Story lines to the audience without telling them when we are in one storyline or the other. I got the idea for this from the film Donnie Darko, where everything you see is not what is happening but what is in someone's head. These inspirations hopefully will help me to achieve my aims firstly by connecting with the audience directly through the participation it brings them right into the play and makes them much more emotionally involved than they would be just watching a piece of drama. Secondly by confusing the audience that may not seem usual but in this piece we felt it would help to make them think about the piece of drama by splitting the drama into dual storyline it makes the audience pay complete attention to try and understand what is going on in the piece. These two aspects together should succeed in capturing the audiences attention for the full duration of the play as well as involving them emotionally with the characters.
To summarise, comedy was designed to make people laugh and show that a happy ending is possible, it often ends with marriages, while the tragedy shows that even very important persons can find themselves in situations that are beyond them and that lead them to their downfall. By writing The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Den... ... middle of paper ... ... of Revenge. 315 o A Theory of Renaissance Tragedy. pp. 292 • Bolt, Sydney.
Achieving Humor in Educating Rita by Willy Russell Written by Willy Russell in 1985, "Educating Rita" is a comical interpretation of his own life as a young Liverpudlian hairdresser and his aspirations to become educated. The play is based on Rita, the hairdresser who wants a better life, and begins this adventure by enrolling in an Open University course. It is here she meets her tutor, Frank. You could say, the key to her dreams. If I were to direct this play, I would seek to achieve humour for an audience by exploring the different aspects of comedy; comedy of character, comedy of situation, comedy of misunderstanding and comedy of language.
They also contribute to plot development in that they help further the play’s themes. For example, the scenes with Robin and Rafe (scenes 6 and 8) parallel the main plot. Although the pace here is faster, one must remember that the central scenes are relatively short, so the meaning and purpose of including these scenes must be more obvious. The comedy in these scenes adds to the tragedy of Faustus, showing comedy against Faustus as he is given great powers but uses them to perform petty tricks, therefore ridiculing his character and making the themes more complex. Several new characters are introduced in the central scenes.
Act One Scene One of Educating Rita Read Act 1, Scene 1 and explain whether you think it is an effective way to start the play. Comment on: How Russell introduces the characters and themes. How he makes the scene dramatic and entertaining. Russell uses an effective way to start the play. It is effective because we find out that Frank is alcohol dependent and he is lazy by not getting the door fixed.
This may then lead to the audience feeling that Frank maybe an insecure person, as he has to turn to drink for comfort and security. Then when Rita first appears, with the quote “Its that bleedin’ handle on that door, you wanna get it fixed!” Russell is establishing the character of the play and their attitudes and distinctive personalities. With Rita she is shown as a boisterous person. This is clearly exposed with the words “Bleed’n…You wanna get it fixed” as these words are commanding techniques and it shows to the audience in a short amount of time that Rita is in control. This would shock them as Rita is speaking improperly towards the teacher.
Maria and Feste are like a comedy duo participating in quick fire exchanges, scoring points off each other and in act 1 scene 5 he hints at her relationship with sir Toby Belch. Shakespeare’s characters love to disguise themselves, this theme is often illustrated and important to the plot of his comedies, but in this case, the disguise takes an ironic turn. Feste, in dressing as a wise man reveals his true nature instead of concealing it. This scene is meant to be played for comedic value; the audience gets a glimpse of the true nature of the clown. This is a key element in the play as other people are in disguise for example viola masks as Cesario.
One of the most effective uses of cruelty in the play is when Petruchio, through sleep and food depravation, forces Katherina into submission towards him. Tom from ‘goodreads’ has analysed the use of this comedic device between the couple to seem “more like torture than love” which... ... middle of paper ... ...ough the strong bond between the husband and wife, proving comedy to be a blend of pain and pleasure. Overall, The Taming of the Shrew clearly presents both emotions of pain and pleasure, and Shakespeare has crafted the play so that both emotions are balanced throughout to great comedic effect. This is done through the use of comedic devices such as disguises, misunderstanding and cruelty. Also the structural devices and the language used between the characters prove comedy to be a blend of pain and pleasure and allow the audience to respond to the scenes with either a feeling of pain of pleasure.
Rita's first reaction to this habit was "y' wanna be careful with that stuff, it kills y' brain cells." This shows the audience that she might be a person who jokes a lot, but if she says it in a serious way, then it shows that she doesn't really like drinking, or that she is concerned for Frank, in case he throws his life away. In the rest of the play Frank is nearly always drunk, he is always pouring himself a drink. In act 2 scene 5 Rita has read Franks poems, "are you sober? Are you?"