In this essay I shall concentrate on the plays 'Road' by Jim Cartwright and 'Blasted' by Sarah Kane with specific reference to use of language and structure of dialogue as examples of dramatic techniques.
My explanation of dramatic techniques is perhaps akin to Brecht's opinion regarding this theme:
'...The strong centralisation of the story, a momentum that draws the separate parts into a common relationship. A particular passion of utterance, a certain emphasis on the class of forces are hallmarks of the dramatic.'
Here we can perhaps see the way in which Brecht explains the aim of techniques such as use of language and structure of dialogue. They in essence are attempting to draw together a common theme. Perhaps in 'Road' language and dialogue is attempting to prove a sense of futility in individuals' lives, whereas in 'Blasted' the theme could be the atrocities of war are on both a personal and national level. How is the drama portrayed through the playwrights techniques?
In road, Cartwright uses definite techniques of language to create dramatic tension and in some instances irony. Firstly his use of rhyming worlds within the dialogue creates a number of aspects. Within Valerie's monologue the phrase:
'pissing and missing the bog'
has sibilance from the repetition of the 's' sound. Dramatically this creates a harsh consonant sound almost as if they actor playing Valerie is aggressively spitting out the anger that she feels about her husband. Within class this line was delivered with the dictated Northern accent which furthered the sibilant qualit...
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...ife up North. It is perhaps my own error that I feel more comfortable with 'Road' there is love shown through the moments of Joey and Clare, and there is friendship, Carol and Louise. 'Blasted' on the other hand holds nothing hopeful and in my opinion little which is insightful. Kane's use of dramatic techniques is rooted in the interaction of characters and their dialogue whereas Cartwright reveals characters in a more insular fashion through the use of dramatic monologues, and the descriptions they use. In short I weep when Joey dies, I laugh when Carol and Brenda provide humour, but 'Blasted' I am just shocked.
Banks, R.A. 'Drama & Theatre Arts', Hodder Headline Plc, London, 1991.
Brecht, B. 'Brecht on Theatre', Metheun Publishing Ltd, London, 1957.
Boal, A. 'Theatre of the Oppressed', Pluto Press, London, 1979.
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